search.noResults

search.searching

dataCollection.invalidEmail
note.createNoteMessage

search.noResults

search.searching

orderForm.title

orderForm.productCode
orderForm.description
orderForm.quantity
orderForm.itemPrice
orderForm.price
orderForm.totalPrice
orderForm.deliveryDetails.billingAddress
orderForm.deliveryDetails.deliveryAddress
orderForm.noItems
FOOTBALL Getting Personal


Liam James - Ronaldo and a smell that made us ponder if he’s ever actually smelt it?


Who are you? Liam James, Head Groundsman, Cardiff City Football Club.


Family status. Partner, with a little one due on 14th August.


Who’s your hero and why? Cristiano Ronaldo - he’s a real athlete and the best player in the world.


What would you change about yourself? Nothing.


What’s been the highlight of your career so far? Working out in France for Wales at the training ground for Euro 2016, and being made Head Groundsman at Cardiff City in 2018.


If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? Dubai.


What’s the best part of your job? Mixing with all the players/coaching staff and the perks of the job.


… and the worst? Winter!!!


Do you have a lifetime ambition? Yes, to retire before I’m fifty and to live in the sun!


What talent would you like to have? To be able to play the guitar.


If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Share it with family and close friends.


What’s your favourite smell? One million.


Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Cristiano Ronaldo, Robbie Williams and Jennifer Lopez.


If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Myself.


Do you have any bad habits? Loads.


... or any good ones? Yes, loads.


Do you go to bed worrying about the next day’s workload? No. Never.


Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? My beautiful girlfriend Mischa.


What are you reading at the moment? Nothing - I hate reading.


What’s the best advice you have ever been given? If you’re ever unsure about something, DON’T DO IT.


What do you do in your spare time? Enjoy time with family, down the pub with the boys and playing 5-a-side.


What’s your favourite piece of kit? Charterhouse Verti-Drain.


What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? Restrictions with warm-ups, and less under 23s games to be played at the stadiums.


maintenance regime throughout the season. “In the summer, we cut twice a day with our Allett Buffalo 34s - at 25mm for Cardiff City and at 22mm for Wales as the manager, Ryan Giggs, likes us to cut it a little lower. In winter, I like to stay off it as much as I can, so I do a lot of rotary mowing at the start of the week and then double cut the day before a game and on the day of the game. We will rotary, divot and put the lights back on after the match has concluded and let it rest. In between, we will aerate the pitch as much as we can but, with having around sixty games a year, I tend to work around the weather. If we have a lot of rain coming, I will use the Terra Spike at a depth of six inches; if we have little bits of rain coming, we’ll use the Toro ProCore at a depth of four


inches. We don’t currently scarify the pitch through the season, but Wayne and I have been looking at investing in a Raycam Unirake next season for the summer months. This would enable us to clean it out a bit more so that, going into the winter, it’s a bit cleaner. We have overseeded the pitch once so far this season with five bags of Johnsons J4 Turf.”


Liam works alongside Mark Atkins of Evolution Agronomics Ltd who provides agronomic advice for the stadium pitch. “Mark takes soil samples every two months and, based on results, he puts a fertiliser programme together to suit our pitch. Mark’s advice, combined with having the new Terra Spike this season, has seen us get some great results this year with our rooting. We got them down to four


60


PC April/May 2019


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152  |  Page 153  |  Page 154  |  Page 155  |  Page 156  |  Page 157  |  Page 158  |  Page 159  |  Page 160  |  Page 161  |  Page 162  |  Page 163  |  Page 164