Shay Pitch

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Sorry of already mentioned but it's in the Courier online that the pith will be renovated and the work will start at the end of May. The top level will be removed and it will be reseeded underneath.

I couldn't copy and paste the article but this in't Courier.

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More pressing is when is it going to be fit to play football on again. I saw the state of it yesterday afternoon, we've had more torrential rain, and there's more to come. To say it looks a mess is an understatement. 

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17 minutes ago, Erik Everhard said:

Sorry of already mentioned but it's in the Courier online that the pith will be renovated and the work will start at the end of May. The top level will be removed and it will be reseeded underneath.

I couldn't copy and paste the article but this in't Courier.

Don’t quote me in this, but I’m pretty sure this is what Oz does every season. Their won’t be anything different done and the pitch will look it’s usual carpet come August. I’m more intrigued by the waterproof covers that Rochdale has. Circa 150k was a price I heard bandied about. Maybe this is something maybe the clubs and council could raise 50k each to purchase.

Saying that though this is from pitch care.com and it came up with this item for sale

 

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Now with Vat it’s around 30k. Surely it’s something we could be looking at to raise money wise. 

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6 minutes ago, Shaymus said:

More pressing is when is it going to be fit to play football on again. I saw the state of it yesterday afternoon, we've had more torrential rain, and there's more to come. To say it looks a mess is an understatement. 

I've just been thinking the same thing. I think Gary Byrnes is a bit optimistic when he says at least there's no game of either code this week.

There's a picture of the South Stand goal mouth and it's a complete and utter mud bath. That will take weeks and might not be fit to play on by league rules/standards.

I'm glad the works being carried out but surely it should have been done last year when lots of people had commented that it wasn't looking at its best.

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Just now, shaymen down under said:

Don’t quote me in this, but I’m pretty sure this is what Oz does every season. Their won’t be anything different done and the pitch will look it’s usual carpet come August. I’m more intrigued by the waterproof covers that Rochdale has. Circa 150k was a price I heard bandied about. Maybe this is something maybe the clubs and council could raise 50k each to purchase.

Sounds a good idea.

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19 minutes ago, Erik Everhard said:

Sorry of already mentioned but it's in the Courier online that the pith will be renovated and the work will start at the end of May. The top level will be removed and it will be reseeded underneath.

I couldn't copy and paste the article but this in't Courier.

Basic work and the minimum required might be a short term fix at best. Over the years the council have commissioned several reports from pitch / turf specialists who have all recommended digging down deep and removing the clay but the cost was over budget and the bare minimum was undertaken but that is now coming to a head and catching up with the council. Short term god knows what's going to happen but we do not want to have to play home games away from The Shay.

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Them hybrid pitches aren't cheap neither, but would stop the need to dig up every year. 

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9 hours ago, chadders said:

Basic work and the minimum required might be a short term fix at best. Over the years the council have commissioned several reports from pitch / turf specialists who have all recommended digging down deep and removing the clay but the cost was over budget and the bare minimum was undertaken but that is now coming to a head and catching up with the council. Short term god knows what's going to happen but we do not want to have to play home games away from The Shay.

Well, the Council or should I say Council tax payers? spent over £20m on ground works at The Piece Hall, surely there will be no complaints if a couple of million or maybe just £150,000 on some covers is spent on The Shay surface.

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11 minutes ago, Shaytrev said:

Well, the Council or should I say Council tax payers? spent over £20m on ground works at The Piece Hall, surely there will be no complaints if a couple of million or maybe just £150,000 on some covers is spent on The Shay surface.

To be honest trev, i think its just a case of priorities! After all there is no magic money tree! Lol.

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The council should have taken the opportunity to kick the Frocks out when it presented itself. They went over a season and a half without fulfilling their contractual obligations, taking the absolute piss, and the council did nothing. If having two teams is what's causing the problem - and considering Town have played at the Shay since 1921 without these issues occurring on an annual basis - the stadium should go back to having just one tenant.

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Posted (edited)

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Think it's taking a stud..

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looks like our pitch from January 1980 when we stuffed man city 1-0 in the cup

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In July I had David Chadwick and 18 of his family visit the Shay, on aUK tour from the States!

Dave got player of the season in early 70’s!

he couldn’t believe that our surface was REAL grass, it was perfect, they must of asked the same question 6 times!!

He never played on a surface that good in his day, speedway track and all!

How things can change or be changed!!

 

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Just need a warm drying wind ( pick any number of posters on here) and in a couple of days it will have set like concrete 

:) 

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I've tried to download photo but not techy enough.

 

 

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Don't think the rugby will see an 150k investment a priority. Wonder if the football club can apply for a grant. The council also need to invest in this considering the thousands of visitors from around the country our stadium attracts. Last thing we want is a repeat of us playing our home games at Spotland or whatever it's called these days. 

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Council should , as landlord, pay the capital cost of installing a suitable pitch / and covers if necessary and recover the cost over a period of years from each user through an increased rent charge.  Neither club can afford to refuse an increase in rent as there are no alternative venues available.

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A lot of the ground has become shabby. When you walk from Hunger Hill to the turnstiles all the cladding with the MBI Shay Stadium logo is layered with green moss, which looks unsightly.

Broken seats, Pop Bottles with no lids on, unshaven stewards, I could go on :D 

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5 minutes ago, Guido said:

A lot of the ground has become shabby. When you walk from Hunger Hill to the turnstiles all the cladding with the MBI Shay Stadium logo is layered with green moss, which looks unsightly.

Broken seats, Pop Bottles with no lids on, unshaven stewards, I could go on :D 

Please don't :) However i agree a lick of paint or wash down with a power wash here and there would not go amiss.

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Posted (edited)

19 minutes ago, Guido said:

A lot of the ground has become shabby. When you walk from Hunger Hill to the turnstiles all the cladding with the MBI Shay Stadium logo is layered with green moss, which looks unsightly.

Broken seats, Pop Bottles with no lids on, unshaven stewards, I could go on :D Unshaven supporters straight from the pub with irate sons and grumpy old brothers from Brighouse.:lol::lol:

Edited especially for you Guido.

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1 hour ago, chadders said:

Please don't :) However i agree a lick of paint or wash down with a power wash here and there would not go amiss.

I know a number you can ring to book that kind of service

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Whilst a cover sounds impressive, how much of an answer would it be ? Might have just about got the Ebbsfleet game played but wouldn't have prevented the damage on Sunday

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1 hour ago, Guido said:

A lot of the ground has become shabby. When you walk from Hunger Hill to the turnstiles all the cladding with the MBI Shay Stadium logo is layered with green moss, which looks unsightly.

Broken seats, Pop Bottles with no lids on, unshaven stewards, I could go on :D 

And someone who sits near us keeps breaking wind.:o

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I think if we moved the pitch to southern spain we'd have a much better chance of getting matches on. At ~£30 a pop per seat on Ryanair surely we can have the whole thing moved over for under £10k?

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