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FOOTBALL Getting Personal


Scott Tingley - I wonder if Olivia Bowen could convince him to marry again?


Who are you? Scott Tingley, Head Groundsman at Watford Football Club.


Family status. Married once ... never again!


Who’s your hero and why? Didier Drogba - 2012 Champions League final.


What would you change about yourself? My inability to drive anywhere without sat nav.


What’s your guilty pleasure? Frank’s red hot wings.


What’s been the highlight of your career so far? Winning Premier League Grounds Team of the Year.


What are your pet peeves? People that put strings out but don’t check both ends.


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


What’s the best part of your job? End of season renovations.


… and the worst? Wet match days.


Do you have a lifetime ambition? To manage a stadium that hosts Champions League Finals, World Cup Finals etc.


Favourite record, and why? Careless Whisper by George Michael. It’s my sing-a-long tune for the car.


Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? Olivia Bowen (from Love Island).


If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Buy a Bentley Continental GT.


If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? A drum because I can be loud and annoying.


Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Phil Mickelson, Muhammad Ali and David Jason.


100 PC August/September 2019


If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Alex Bowen ... I then get two romantic evenings with Olivia.


Do you have any bad habits? I never think before I speak.


... or any good ones? Encouraging others to improve.


Do you go to bed worrying about the next day’s workload? I used to, but not any more.


What are you reading at the moment? I have never read a book in my life.


What’s the best advice you have ever been given? Learn something and earn something every day.


What’s your favourite smell? A roast dinner.


What do you do in your spare time? Play golf.


What’s the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? Why do you cut the grass if it’s all plastic?


What’s your favourite piece of kit? Toro ProCore 648.


What three words would you use to describe yourself? Passionate, driven and honest.


What talent would you like to have? A golf swing like Adam Scott.


What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? Ban people name dropping other clubs/groundsman when promoting their product.


irrigation boxes to suit and moved sprinklers forward to keep them away from the digital advertising boards.” Scott talks me through the general maintenance of the pitch once the season starts. “We cut at 22mm all the way through the season using the Infinicut mowers, which some will say is quite short, but it was something that started with Marco Silva; he wanted a quick passing surface. When the new manager, Javi Gracia, came in last season, we had a discussion and it was decided he wanted everything kept the same.” “I like to ProCore every two weeks with 8mm tines at a depth of 4 inches, then deep aerate with the verti-drain. We will use the verti-cut units in the Dennis G860s, almost once a week


to groom through it, and we use the Dennis rake cassettes as well, which we use for the same sort of process but tend to go in a few directions on a lighter setting. They don’t take as much material out. Between each game, we will also use the Campey UniRake - all the way through the season if we can. If the weather doesn’t allow us to in the winter, we will go to a stiff brush and pick up the debris using the Honda rotaries; it’s just a matter of picking and choosing your moments. We use a SISIS Variseeder to overseed the pitch, which is set up to put just two bags of seed over the whole pitch. We do this once a month from the start of the season. To help us with germination through the winter, we will


Scott’s favourite piece of kit - the Toro ProCore


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