We had meant after the Chelsea game, to put in a good word for the Newcastle ground staff, who did a fantastic job to get the pitch ready for last Sunday.
Indeed on Sunday morning the pitch was still covered with a layer of snow, and the TV cameras showed over here, how the snow was removed that morning, and the pitch was in really fine shape for the game with Chelsea.
The Newcastle head groundsman Mick Curran and his team, have been just great, and it seems that they have also done some excellent work to keep the Benton training grounds available, so the lads can at least do some outdoor training.
The Newcastle ground staff are some of the best in the business, and only the Arsenal ground-staff used to beat them to the Premier League award each year.
Chris Hughton talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ve been affected more than most I would say because of the sheer volume of snow that we’ve had up here.” “But in the last couple of days we have been able to do a bit of outdoor training.
“The indoor facility has also been used, but the staff here do a great job of making sure we have an outdoor surface to use too.” “I’d have to say that the staff have been extra special.” “They generally work incredibly hard during the year anyway, no matter what the weather.”
“But during this period they have been a great help to us.” “Come the end of the season when the points are tallied up, they will have played a big part too.”
“They can’t do enough to help us.” And myself and the lads owe them a big thank you.”
The 2009/10 Championship Groundsman of the Year award was won by Newcastle’s Mick Curran and Andrew Tulley, so Newcastle fans should know they are really top of their trade, in taking care of the St. James’ Park pitch, which often looks simply magnificent before games.
Congratulations to Mick Curran, his ground staff and all the volunteers who helped to get the ground ready for Sunday – they did a fantastic job, and deserve our sincere thanks.