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Besides the great 3-0 result yesterday against Colchester.Anyone else think the pitch held out very well.After all the rain we have recently had I would have expected the pitch to be really cut up and like a quagmire.But at the end of the game the pitch looked very well.Must be down to the great work Speedy has done.

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5 minutes ago, melv said:

Besides the great 3-0 result yesterday against Colchester.Anyone else think the pitch held out very well.After all the rain we have recently had I would have expected the pitch to be really cut up and like a quagmire.But at the end of the game the pitch looked very well.Must be down to the great work Speedy has done.

Got to be all down to Speedy, must be one of the best groundsmen around.

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Good point Melv, it didn't/hasn't seem to cut up as badly as in previous years when after 20 mins post November there would be huge divots all over the pitch.

Also on iFollow it's very, very noticeable how big Vale's pitch is compared to those of the like of FGR, Morecambe and others in lge 2

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I doubt very much that Speed has done any different than he has done in the last 30 odd years.

But, perhaps, the current owners have invested money into the pitch problems which have blighted Vale Park since it’s opening in 1950, which most certainly has not been the case in recent decades. 

If this is the case, then yet more proof (if any was needed) of the positive influence of the new ownership. 

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16 minutes ago, Paul6754 said:

Good point Melv, it didn't/hasn't seem to cut up as badly as in previous years when after 20 mins post November there would be huge divots all over the pitch.

Also on iFollow it's very, very noticeable how big Vale's pitch is compared to those of the like of FGR, Morecambe and others in lge 2

I was always lead to believe it’s the biggest pitch in the country, including Wembley.

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I was impressed by how the pitch stood up to all the rain before the Oldham game in October. Maybe that was still just about early enough in autumn for the pitch to still be alive and drain properly

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The pitch has held up well for a few years now. It is credit to Speedy and his team. I have also noted that this season Vale exploit the width of the pitch and we eventually overun teams down the flanks and through the middle with Burgess and Conlon with Joyce sitting in.

It's working well

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15 hours ago, pete vale said:

The pitch has held up well for a few years now. It is credit to Speedy and his team. I have also noted that this season Vale exploit the width of the pitch and we eventually overun teams down the flanks and through the middle with Burgess and Conlon with Joyce sitting in.

It's working well

Perfect pitch 🙂

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The groundsmen need a good clap on the back for their work on this pitch.  Seeing other pitches in all the leagues show how much love is going into ours.  Some are showing more sand than grass and others seem to be getting cut up badly.

Thank you for your hard work.

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Did they do some work on the drainage a couple of years ago + about 80 tons of sand injected into playing surface, it's definitely a lot dryer on the Lorne street side 

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There was a lot of work done prior to this season which included lots of sand being laid on the playing surface.

It won’t hurt that Speedy can now spend all his time concentrating on being groundsman, rather than dogsbody, as was the case prior to the new owners taking over and appointing a stadium manager.  Even so, it’s hard to believe the condition of the pitch considering the amount of wet weather we’ve had.

Speedy and al the staff deserve a lot of credit for their hard work.

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1 hour ago, Gallifreyan Valiant said:

It definitely is these days.

I stand to be corrected, but for many years, I believe that apart from the old proper Wembley, only Maine Road had a bigger playing area.

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6 hours ago, Old fort said:

I stand to be corrected, but for many years, I believe that apart from the old proper Wembley, only Maine Road had a bigger playing area.

Yes upon Man City relocating, Vale Park then became the biggest pitch. 

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"The largest pitch in the English Football League (72 clubs) is Leyton Orient at 9200 sq yds and the smallest is Crewe Alexandra and Wigan Athletic at 6600 sq yds.

115 x 80 9200 Leyton Orient
115 x 78 8970 Nottingham Forest
117 x 76 8892 Leeds United
115 x 77 8855 Shrewsbury Town
114 x 77 8778 Port Vale
115 x 76 8740 Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town
112 x 78 8736 Oxford United
113 x 77 8701 Hartlepool United
114 x 76 8664 Rochdale, Notts County
115 x 75 8625 Birmingham City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday, Wycombe Wanderers
116 x 74 8584 Wolverhampton Wanderers
114 x 75 8550 Gilligham
112 x 76 8512 Peterborough United
115 x 74 8510 Milton Keynes Dons, Coventry City
110 x 77 8470 Preston North End
114 x 74 8436 Norwich City , Newcastle United
115 x 73 8395 Portmouth
110 x 76 8360 Morecambe
116 x 72 8352 Northampton Town
111 x 75 8325 Grimsby Town
114 x 73 8322 Exeter City
112 x 74 8288 Fleetwood Town, Blackpool, Carlisle United
115 x 72 8280 Aston Villa, Yeovil Town
110 x 75 8250 Barnsley, Cardiff City, Wimbledon,
109 x 76 8284 Doncaster Rovers
112 x 73 8176 Bury, Charlton Athletic, Plymouth Argyle
110 x 74 8140 Southend United, Cambridge United
111 x 73 8103 Scunthorpe United
112 x 72 8064 Sheffield United, Newport County, Queens Park Rangers, Newport County
110 x 73 8030 Brentford, Bristol Rovers, Walsall
111 x 72 7992 Accrington Stanley, Cheltenham Town
111 x 72 7990 Barnet (102m x 65.5m)
114 x 70 7980 Mansfield Town
110 x 72 7920 Crawley Town, Burton Albion, Rotherham United, Luton Town
113 x 70 7910 Bradford City
111 x 71 7881 Chesterfield,
112 x 70 7840 Ipswich Town
109 x 71 7739 Fulham
110 x 70 7700 Swindon Town, Colchester United, Stevenage
106 x 72 7632 Oldham Athletic
105 x 68 7140 Millwall, Derby County, Bolton Wanderers
102 x 70 7140 Reading
110 x 60 6600 Wigan Athletic
100 x 66 6600 Crewe Alexandra"
 

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