Proud Marcus nominated for pitch award

This Is Swindon Town FC: Marcus Cassidy Marcus Cassidy

MARCUS Cassidy has said winning the League One Pitch of the Year gong would be like lifting the FA Cup, after it was announced that the Swindon Town groundsman has made the final three of this year’s award.

Cassidy and his team have produced consistently excellent playing surfaces at the County Ground this season, in spite of horrendous and erratic weather patterns, and his pitch has rightly been nominated as one of the top three in the division by referee and opposing managers.

Ratings will continue until the end of the season, whereupon the pitch with the best average will be revealed.

Cassidy said: “It’s really good, personally and professionally. It’s testament to what the club has invested in the pitch over the last five seasons since the last board came in so I’m over the moon.

“It’s sort of like winning the FA Cup from a groundsman’s point of view so it’s really good professionally and personally.

“Each game the away team’s manager and the referee give the pitch a mark out of five and at this time of the year the top three go through to the final.

“Our average up until January was 4.02 out of five and the league average was 3.70 so we’re quite a way up there.

“It’s great. I can’t really describe it, I’m just over the moon. If we win it it’s really good for the CV, it’s good for the new owners to come in and realise we’ve got a really good pitch and it’s good for the players. The team want to play football and they need a good pitch to do that.”

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6:13am Fri 8 Mar 13

perth red says...

So, who are the others?
So, who are the others? perth red
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7:43am Fri 8 Mar 13

umpcah says...

You`ve every right to feel proud Marcus. There`s nothing accidental about the consistent excellent playing surfaces ! I wish we could score more goals on them though !
You`ve every right to feel proud Marcus. There`s nothing accidental about the consistent excellent playing surfaces ! I wish we could score more goals on them though ! umpcah
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8:03am Fri 8 Mar 13

old town robin says...

To only have an average of 4.2, some of them must have given less than 4, which is quite frankly unbelievable.

When I turn up on Saturday as always I will look at the pitch and wonder just how Marcus and his team do it. I haven't travelled to many away games but if someone that has can tell me of another club whose pitch compares or runs even close to ours, I would like to know who it is, because all I've seen on the telly is mud heaps and two of the biggest clubs Sheffield and Coventry are up there with the worse.
To only have an average of 4.2, some of them must have given less than 4, which is quite frankly unbelievable. When I turn up on Saturday as always I will look at the pitch and wonder just how Marcus and his team do it. I haven't travelled to many away games but if someone that has can tell me of another club whose pitch compares or runs even close to ours, I would like to know who it is, because all I've seen on the telly is mud heaps and two of the biggest clubs Sheffield and Coventry are up there with the worse. old town robin
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8:26am Fri 8 Mar 13

London Red says...

We may not have dipped below 4 - as it could mean each game is 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3 which could average out at 4.2
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I doubt they give out many 5 or high 4 ratings as that is perfection - which no one will have at any level
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What would be interesting is does the same scale get used in the Premierdhip and how we compare to that
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Don't talk about your CV Marcus - we don't want you going anywhere!
We may not have dipped below 4 - as it could mean each game is 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3 which could average out at 4.2 . I doubt they give out many 5 or high 4 ratings as that is perfection - which no one will have at any level . What would be interesting is does the same scale get used in the Premierdhip and how we compare to that . Don't talk about your CV Marcus - we don't want you going anywhere! London Red
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8:39am Fri 8 Mar 13

Blazing Riff says...

London Red wrote:
We may not have dipped below 4 - as it could mean each game is 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3 which could average out at 4.2
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I doubt they give out many 5 or high 4 ratings as that is perfection - which no one will have at any level
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What would be interesting is does the same scale get used in the Premierdhip and how we compare to that
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Don't talk about your CV Marcus - we don't want you going anywhere!
It actually says 4.02 in the report which is even worse if correct!
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: We may not have dipped below 4 - as it could mean each game is 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3 which could average out at 4.2 . I doubt they give out many 5 or high 4 ratings as that is perfection - which no one will have at any level . What would be interesting is does the same scale get used in the Premierdhip and how we compare to that . Don't talk about your CV Marcus - we don't want you going anywhere![/p][/quote]It actually says 4.02 in the report which is even worse if correct! Blazing Riff
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9:22am Fri 8 Mar 13

Stilloyal says...

Well done Marcus, you should be proud . Our pitch always looks in top condition and to have no games postponed due to weather and poor playing surface is an excellent achievement.
4.02 out of a possible 5 is very good, the average for our league is 3.7. I would like to see what the likes of Colchester, Tranmere and a few others actually achieved , can't be more than 2.5 surely !
Well done Marcus, you should be proud . Our pitch always looks in top condition and to have no games postponed due to weather and poor playing surface is an excellent achievement. 4.02 out of a possible 5 is very good, the average for our league is 3.7. I would like to see what the likes of Colchester, Tranmere and a few others actually achieved , can't be more than 2.5 surely ! Stilloyal
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9:27am Fri 8 Mar 13

Since 1950 says...

Actually, I think that Marcus has consistently produced one of the best playing surfaces outside the Prem!

I do have one concern about the future though. Marcus has had the ptch pretty much to himself in the close seasons. If there are plans in the future for events at the ground during the summer, wil we still enjoy this fantastic surface in coming seasons?

Well done Marcus!
Actually, I think that Marcus has consistently produced one of the best playing surfaces outside the Prem! I do have one concern about the future though. Marcus has had the ptch pretty much to himself in the close seasons. If there are plans in the future for events at the ground during the summer, wil we still enjoy this fantastic surface in coming seasons? Well done Marcus! Since 1950
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11:13am Fri 8 Mar 13

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Unsung hero Marcus.

I owe you big time. The thought of spending the day with the Mrs or watching the Town against Shrewsbury was down to you Mate.

Having seen most away games this season I have yet to see a better pitch, so good for you.

Interested who the competition are.
Unsung hero Marcus. I owe you big time. The thought of spending the day with the Mrs or watching the Town against Shrewsbury was down to you Mate. Having seen most away games this season I have yet to see a better pitch, so good for you. Interested who the competition are. TheDukeOfBanbury
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12:36pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Custodian says...

From what I can see watching highlights on the Football League Show, the pitches at Carlisle and Hartlepool look to have held up well. Everything else is mud. I hope the new Board retain or improve the pitch budget and give Mr Cassidy a chance. I worry about talk of concerts from the new consortium.
From what I can see watching highlights on the Football League Show, the pitches at Carlisle and Hartlepool look to have held up well. Everything else is mud. I hope the new Board retain or improve the pitch budget and give Mr Cassidy a chance. I worry about talk of concerts from the new consortium. Custodian
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4:22pm Fri 8 Mar 13

London Red says...

I'm sure conversations will have or will take place with MC over these concerts
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The board know Football is our main activity and the pitch is vital to this
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It appears the assumption is that the 6 concerts will be strung over a long period which will impact the close season pitch work
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Could they not have 3 acts perfroming 2 nights each over a week or a fortnight?
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That would be 6 concerts but not impact the pitch work at all - as it is not dug up the day after the season finishes - it is usually a few weeks to a month later before anything happens
I'm sure conversations will have or will take place with MC over these concerts . The board know Football is our main activity and the pitch is vital to this . It appears the assumption is that the 6 concerts will be strung over a long period which will impact the close season pitch work . Could they not have 3 acts perfroming 2 nights each over a week or a fortnight? . That would be 6 concerts but not impact the pitch work at all - as it is not dug up the day after the season finishes - it is usually a few weeks to a month later before anything happens London Red
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6:34pm Fri 8 Mar 13

old town robin says...

LR, not sure what it cost to dig the pitch up, £100k maybe. it would not surprise me at all if the new board give it a miss this year to save money
LR, not sure what it cost to dig the pitch up, £100k maybe. it would not surprise me at all if the new board give it a miss this year to save money old town robin
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