Grounds Team EPL Award

Discussion in 'The Hornets' Nest - Watford Chat' started by oxhey67, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. oxhey67

    oxhey67 Reservist

  2. põder

    põder First Year Pro

    Now it's obvious where all Watford's competence resides, it's with the ground crew!
  3. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    That first picture was taken from my ex seat.
  4. reids

    reids Squad Player

    Shame what we're seeing on the pitch doesn't match the standards of the pitch.
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  5. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    It’s no surprise we have a good pitch, considering the amount of manure we spread on it every other week.
  6. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    If they are that good taking care of the pitch, what are they like with hamstrings ?
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  7. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Shame about the mob who play on it eh?!
  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Academy Graduate

    Nice to see someone at the club is striving for excellence.
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  9. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    I'm not surprised at this and actually wondered if we'd be in the running for that award this season. The pitch has looked immaculate all season and it's clear a lot of work goes into it. And when you think about what a pig of a pitch we had in our first season at this level it really does show what an achievement it is.

    I suppose the only risk, like everything else for a club of our stature, is a bigger club might appear and try to have our groundstaff away on a free. Still, if that happened we could always put them on gardening leave...
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  10. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    I'm just bitter cause i got turned down for an assistant groundsman job at the Vic some months back!

    Well done guys though.. thoroughly deserved.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2018
  11. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    Fantastic achievement for Scott Tingley and his team. The pitch was falling to bits until he was recruited before the FA cup tie against Newcastle and a temporary surface was laid to get to the end of the season. Since then, the new pitch has been absolutely superb.

    The last few days of the old surface under the original staff:
    CYSR4eGW8AA8qoZ.jpg Old pitch.jpg

    Compared to it's current, glorious condition:
    Stadium-3-16x9a.jpg Stadium-1.jpg
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  12. ITK platypus

    ITK platypus Reservist

    It's a damned fine pitch, there's no denying that.
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  13. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    An update from Scott Tingley regarding the award winning pitch - resurfacing started already!

    I guess for it to look as amazing as it has done all season, the work never stops. I don't think they can top last seasons effort, so here's hoping next seasons is at least as good.

    The pitch is dead, long live the pitch!! (or something like that......)


    Vic pitch.jpg
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  14. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Is this all a metaphor for what Pozzo is going to do to the squad this summer?
  15. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player


    Presumably some Argentinian or Italian groundsman with tatts & a stupid haircut got it.

    At least we can benefit from your wisdom on here.
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  16. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    From an article on the official site about a survey regarding homophobia in football - you can see in the pictures the recently relaid pitch starting to look very good:


    Also notice that the signs above the exits in the SEJ have been removed, although they're clearly present elsewhere still. People have mentioned their name not appearing on the sleeve of the new shirt, so possibly their presence within the ground is starting to be removed also??
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2018
  17. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    Perhaps we can have a rainbow striped pitch next season?
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  18. PhilippineOrn

    PhilippineOrn Squad Player

    The police have rainbow epaulettes.... Is that a real thing?
  19. oxhey67

    oxhey67 Reservist

    They're to go with the jackets and trousers which you can't see in either of Jossy's pictures...


    Rainwear too...
    (Not sure why he isn't wearing the new regulation rainbow trousers here. Someone is gonna get in trouble!)

  20. Bring Back Standing

    Bring Back Standing First Year Pro

    And revert to this kit too?

    Then we'd never notice Holebas standing still...

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  21. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

  22. PhilippineOrn

    PhilippineOrn Squad Player

    It's verging on obscene how good that pitch is.

    Certainly we have nothing like the biggest or best stadium but my god we have one of the nicest.
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  23. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    We do have the biggest pitch.

    To give space to Nordin & Isaac.
  24. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

  25. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    Sowing with a seed type (that ive never heard of.. i guess the RT stands for Rigby Taylor) and applying fertiliser (that ive never heard of)
    12.2.12 is the NPK or Nitrogen/phosphorus/ potassium content of the fertiliser.. and the Mg & Ca parts of it must be magnesium and calcium additives.
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  26. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Rigby Taylor was a WFC Chairman.

    He retired on account of being too ‘old & tired, disappointed & disillusioned’.

    I assume he took up residence on this forum.
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  27. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    Yeah i remember the Rigby- Taylor cup between us and.. them.

    I did a bit of work with Rigby Taylor (the turf consultancy company) a few years back. Asked the ex managing director if there was any link between the company and the ex Watford chairman. He didn't know.
  28. PhilippineOrn

    PhilippineOrn Squad Player

    It's amazing (what I presume is one of the underground sprinkler nozzles) is so blatantly obvious amongst the perfection which is the rest of the pitch.
  29. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    Post bracket I believe. The pop up sprinklers are cocovered with a piece of artificial grass.
  30. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst First Year Pro

    Why don’t our nozzles work properly? (Fnaar, fnaar!)
    We have to employ skivvies to twist them round manually at half-time.
  31. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    Somebody else tweeted the same question/concern - Scott confirmed what Stevohorn said:):

    Post socket.png
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  32. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    Dunno what their irrigation set up is.. but i used to place my Sprinklers (the nozzle is just part of it) in a position so they could cover the correct area during the limited time you have to put water down at half time. I would also go out while they were operating to forewarn people of where and when they were coming on.

    I imagine the "skivvies" are manually adjusting the sprinklers to make sure they cover the required areas.
  33. Abso

    Abso First Year Pro

    Should place water cannons on the stadia roof and fire it on to the pitch. Have a word with mr wind beforehand mind.
  34. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    The first few minutes of the clubs latest 'Another angle' vid are of the grounds team explaining the pitch preparation:

    And in this video, Scott Tingley talks about the pitch being like a beach in terms of the amount of water it requires:
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  35. BigRossLittleRoss

    BigRossLittleRoss Squad Player

    It seems some of the players think that too, judging by some of the performances we have to witness.

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