United & Arsenal Boasts Best Pitches In Premier League
Fri 1st May 2015 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Manchester United’s Old Trafford and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium pitches have been deemed the best in the Premier League after the clubs’ groundstaff were named Grounds Team of the Season 2014/15, in a joint award.
United's grounds team, led by Tony Sinclair, work around the clock all year long to ensure the Old Trafford pitch is in top condition come Matchday.
In the Sky Bet Championship, David Fellowes of Rotherham United won the award having been highly commended in League 1 last time around. James Lathwell of AFC Bournemouth and Nathan Chapman of Charlton Athletic are both highly commended.
The award for groundsman of the year in Sky Bet League 1 this season goes to Craig Richardson for his work on the pitch of champions Bristol City at Ashton Gate, while Dale Frith of Fleetwood Town and Lee Williams of Oldham Athletic are highly commended.
In Sky Bet League 2 the top prize is awarded to Billy White at Plymouth Argyle, with David Mitchell of Carlisle United and Paul Knowles of Northampton Town both highly commended.
Run by the Playing Surfaces Committee in conjunction with the STRI, there is a scoring system in place which is compiled using marks from match officials and match delegates.
There is also a pitch assessment visit by Dr Stephen Baker, head of sports surface technology at the STRI, and an assessment of each club's management of the pitch, whilst also factoring in elements such as environmental issues, shade from the sun and pitch usage throughout the season.
Barclays Premier League Grounds Teams of the Year, 2014/15
Winners: Manchester United (grounds team led by Tony Sinclair), Arsenal (led by Paul Ashcroft)
Highly commended: Aston Villa, Southampton, Swansea City
Sky Bet Championship
Winner: David Fellowes (Rotherham United)
Highly Commended: James Lathwell (AFC Bournemouth)
Highly Commended: Nathan Chapman (Charlton Athletic)
Sky Bet League 1
Winner: Craig Richardson (Bristol City)
Highly Commended: Dale Frith (Fleetwood Town)
Highly Commended: Lee Williams (Oldham Athletic)
Sky Bet League 2
Winner: Billy White (Plymouth Argyle)
Highly Commended: David Mitchell (Carlisle United)
Highly Commended: Paul Knowles (Northampton Town)
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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