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FOOTBALL


SGL lighting rigs


What we tend to do is buy bit by bit, so we buy all our machinery at the start of the season


the challenge of working his renovations around the events. “At the end of the season, we had around five corporate games, then the contractors - Hewitt Sportsturf - came in and shaved the top off the pitch using a Koro with a hybrid reel, before the boards were laid on the pitch and the stage built for the concert. Once these were removed three days later, they then came back in, fluffed the pitch up, verti-drained, overseeded using a dimple


seeder in five directions with twenty bags of Limagrain MM60 grass seed, topdressed with 90 tonnes of sand, which was then brushed in, and finally a 20:10:10 pre-seed fertiliser was applied. I find the concert compacts the pitch quite a lot, so I was using the ProCore quite a lot at the beginning of the season to try and rectify that.” Most of Liam’s machinery is purchased outright through local dealers. “We like to be loyal to our local dealers, so the cutting machinery is purchased outright through Keith Morgan Mowers, and we use Ted Hopkins Machinery who provide the Toro ProCore and the two buggies through a sponsorship deal with the club. Both companies carry out the annual servicing on various machines, and we set our own heights of cut etc.”


Liam tells me they are hoping to get a new training ground soon, but they are just waiting for the green light from the owner. Finally, I asked Liam what his thoughts on the industry are. “I believe it’s getting better, from when I first started the pitches are improving overall with new products and machines coming into the market each year.”


What’s in the shed


Honda rotary mower x 4 


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Left to right: William Birch, Liam James, Simon Hancock and Kurtis Simpson 62 PC April/May 2019


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