Greenfinger wanted, apply within
Updated Wednesday, 15th June 2011
Motherwell are looking for a new groundsman to look after our troubled pitch. It's a wonderful opportunity for someone to enhance their professional reputation!
The horrific and expensive history of the playing surface hardly needs repeating to 'Well fans who have become used to the annual outcry as players try to cope with an almost unplayable surface in the winter months.
The club has spent around £600k in the last few years in an attempt to remedy the deep seated problems on the pitch. A fortune has been invested in the latest machinery, the groundstaff has been increased and the club is now one of the very few in the SPL to retain the services of the SportsTurf Research Institute (STRI) with an ongoing consultancy.
The new appointee will have every chance to deliver one of the best playing surfaces north of the border.
Here's a summary of some of the major happenings in recent years.
Undersoil heating 2004
It seems that the subsoil was baked by the heat from the pipes and water was prevented from reaching the drains. As a result the surface became waterlogged in parts.
New turf - February 2008
Rather than the expense of a complete fix following the puncturing of the pipes in an attempt to ensure that water could drain away. An emergency returfing exercise took place in 2008.
The SPL inspector calls - February 2010
The pitch deteriorated as the harsh winter led to the undersoil heating drying out the soil. It crumbled. The SPL made a public display of their concern.
June 2010 New pitch, new undersoil heating and seed rather than turf
The complete rebuilding of the pitch in June was a very costly and thorough exercise. Surely we would have the best surface in Scotland?
Fibre sand - June 2010
Bind the roots together with some magic dust (actually, fibre sand was used) and reseed (again)
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