'No problems' with Town pitch ahead of New Year's Day game

SWINDON Town head groundsman Marcus Cassidy has pledged to give fans their festive football fix on New Year’s Day after the Robins suffered back to back washouts over the Christmas period.

Following the postponement of Boxing Day’s trip to Leyton Orient, in-form Town were dealt another blow when their clash at Colchester United - scheduled for this afternoon - was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Portsmouth are due to visit the County Ground on January 1 and, despite another deluge expected in the region over the coming days, Cassidy is confident that Swindon supporters will not be let down.

He said: “The situation is I’ve been going in all over Christmas and I haven’t been able to do any work to the pitch because it’s just been a little bit sodden. But we’ve improved the drainage so much that the pitch is totally playable, I envisage no problems ahead.

“Looking at the weather forecast we’ve got heavy rain (on Saturday), it’s a real bad day tomorrow. Sunday I’m hoping to get the mower on the pitch and try to get it a little bit flatter and get it playable as much as I can.

“Then Monday there’s a little more rain but Tuesday the weather isn’t too bad either so I envisage no problems whatsoever.”

Cassidy, who has been producing sensational playing surfaces for Town for several years, praised the investment made in the County Ground pitch by the current Swindon board.

When asked whether five years ago the Pompey clash could have fallen victim to the elements, he said: “We had massive issues with the drainage a few years ago but since the new board have come in we’ve invested fairly decently in the pitch and we’ve improved it that much that we’ll have no problems.

“We need to fulfil the fixtures but the County Ground surface’s drainage has improved so much in the last five years. Any rain that comes I don’t expect any problems.”

And Cassidy knows he is not just under pressure from fans to ensure League One action takes place in SN1 on Tuesday. There’s also the small matter of pleasing Swindon’s manager.

“There is a bit of pressure with two games being off,” he said. “Paolo’s going to want the game to be on, he’d demand it was on. Even if it was in wellies I think he’d want it on.”

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6:07am Sat 29 Dec 12

Redhouse Red says...

Thank goodness
Thank goodness Redhouse Red

6:13am Sat 29 Dec 12

the wizard says...

Top man, skille3d and dedicated, shame other clubs don't place as much importance on this issue like we do. Well done3 Marcus and well done board, invested in the future, spot on.
Top man, skille3d and dedicated, shame other clubs don't place as much importance on this issue like we do. Well done3 Marcus and well done board, invested in the future, spot on. the wizard

8:02am Sat 29 Dec 12

mallorca says...

Good news for the fans,plus the Board did well investing on drainage.
Seems Funny the Town appear to be the only game off in the division.
Orient although london has ha so much rain goes ahead?????
Colchester with injuries/bad form?????
still the Officials decided so must be kosher,still sounds a bit fishy
Good news for the fans,plus the Board did well investing on drainage. Seems Funny the Town appear to be the only game off in the division. Orient although london has ha so much rain goes ahead????? Colchester with injuries/bad form????? still the Officials decided so must be kosher,still sounds a bit fishy mallorca

8:36am Sat 29 Dec 12

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! says...

Should be knighted, the pitch is and has been one of the very best
Should be knighted, the pitch is and has been one of the very best Ollie Reed's Parky dance!

9:06am Sat 29 Dec 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

mallorca wrote:
Good news for the fans,plus the Board did well investing on drainage.
Seems Funny the Town appear to be the only game off in the division.
Orient although london has ha so much rain goes ahead?????
Colchester with injuries/bad form?????
still the Officials decided so must be kosher,still sounds a bit fishy
Yet when we were due to visit Orient was the first game called off for rain and a waterlogged pitch.
---.
I can't see Orient's game going ahead as they have one of the worst surfaces for rain in the league.
[quote][p][bold]mallorca[/bold] wrote: Good news for the fans,plus the Board did well investing on drainage. Seems Funny the Town appear to be the only game off in the division. Orient although london has ha so much rain goes ahead????? Colchester with injuries/bad form????? still the Officials decided so must be kosher,still sounds a bit fishy[/p][/quote]Yet when we were due to visit Orient was the first game called off for rain and a waterlogged pitch. ---. I can't see Orient's game going ahead as they have one of the worst surfaces for rain in the league. SAPFanSTFC

9:49am Sat 29 Dec 12

Székesfehérvár says...

Stevenage's home match against Notts Co has just been called off. So depending on the other results, we won't slip any lower than 7th today despite having played at least one game less than our rivals :-)

Really looking forward to the Pompey game now! COYR
Stevenage's home match against Notts Co has just been called off. So depending on the other results, we won't slip any lower than 7th today despite having played at least one game less than our rivals :-) Really looking forward to the Pompey game now! COYR Székesfehérvár

10:21am Sat 29 Dec 12

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

the wizard wrote:
Top man, skille3d and dedicated, shame other clubs don't place as much importance on this issue like we do. Well done3 Marcus and well done board, invested in the future, spot on.
Spot on Wiz.

....and another day of my nagging Mrs when I could be taking my boys to Colchester arghh.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Top man, skille3d and dedicated, shame other clubs don't place as much importance on this issue like we do. Well done3 Marcus and well done board, invested in the future, spot on.[/p][/quote]Spot on Wiz. ....and another day of my nagging Mrs when I could be taking my boys to Colchester arghh. TheDukeOfBanbury

11:23am Sat 29 Dec 12

the wizard says...

Duke, sorry to hear of your plight, of course there is always the option of a trip to watch Marine, should they be at home. You have several options from where you are to go spy on another team for the afternoon.

We all know about climate change etc, and the last few winters have amply demonstrated that we get deluged with rain during winter, or even summer come to that, so why are some clubs doing little about it, yet they continue to think they can spend tens and hundreds of thousands on players who come and go, yet the pitch is fixed, there for the duration.

Showing my age but I suppose there are other posters who can vividly remember the sea of sand that used to be common place at CG come Jan/Feb. Even after the Tranmere game, our pitch still looked brilliant, wish my bit of back lawn looked half as good.
Have a healthy, wealthy and good New Year Duke, all the best.
Duke, sorry to hear of your plight, of course there is always the option of a trip to watch Marine, should they be at home. You have several options from where you are to go spy on another team for the afternoon. We all know about climate change etc, and the last few winters have amply demonstrated that we get deluged with rain during winter, or even summer come to that, so why are some clubs doing little about it, yet they continue to think they can spend tens and hundreds of thousands on players who come and go, yet the pitch is fixed, there for the duration. Showing my age but I suppose there are other posters who can vividly remember the sea of sand that used to be common place at CG come Jan/Feb. Even after the Tranmere game, our pitch still looked brilliant, wish my bit of back lawn looked half as good. Have a healthy, wealthy and good New Year Duke, all the best. the wizard

3:24pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Swindon1984 says...

The CG pitch is always immaculate, and it's a credit to the staff
The CG pitch is always immaculate, and it's a credit to the staff Swindon1984

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