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.”