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Sloping pitches

Post by Alfie » Thu May 23, 2019 2:14 pm

Looking thru a website that encompasses non-league football at pretty much all levels, came across the case of Chard FC (step 6 Northern Lge 2 equivalent), who have been relegated to step 7. A club statement said this was

"after the Football Association ruled their sloping pitch does not meet the criteria to play at Step 6 of the national pyramid."

Chard Town's pitch slopes 12 feet end to end

From Ground grading Regs:

'The maximum slope allowable shall not exceed an even gradient of vertical to horizontal 1: 41 in any
direction. NB When a new pitch is being developed or significant improvements made to a pitch, the
gradient of 1:41 would not be acceptable and the pitch must be constructed with reference to the FA
Performance Quality Standard.'

The Performance Quality Standard is <1.25% in the direction of play and <2.5% across the pitch, with a lot of other conditions.

Chard is a fair bit steeper than 1:41.

Made me wonder what the figures are for Spenny's pitch and at what level it would fall foul of ground grading regs.

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by Darlo_Pete » Thu May 23, 2019 2:44 pm

Spennymoor keep saying each year that they're going to sort out the pitch issues, but nothing ever seems to change.

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by polarbear » Thu May 23, 2019 9:19 pm

Darlo_Pete wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 2:44 pm
Spennymoor keep saying each year that they're going to sort out the pitch issues, but nothing ever seems to change.
Try looking on the facebook Spennymoor Town FC Unofficial Forum, you may be surprised

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by super_les_mcjannet » Thu May 23, 2019 9:21 pm

No idea why we are even talking about it, who actually cares...well obviously one or two for some reason. :thumbdown:

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by Spyman » Thu May 23, 2019 11:07 pm

12 feet? Fucking hell that's quite an incline!

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by polarbear » Fri May 24, 2019 7:22 am

super_les_mcjannet wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 9:21 pm
No idea why we are even talking about it, who actually cares...well obviously one or two for some reason. :thumbdown:
Spennymoor getting to you, is it sinking in that spennymoor will now have a better ground pitch and pride of county Durham, you will have nothing to dig at spennymoor soon :D

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by Gow9900 » Fri May 24, 2019 7:48 am

Who cares about what slope gradient Spenny’s pitch is, or what they are doing.

Let them get on with what they’re doing and we’ll concentrate on what we are doing. They are of little interest to us and we should be of little interest to them.

Hate to say it but some of our fans take the bait insanely easily, like taking candy off a baby winding some of our fans up.

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by super_les_mcjannet » Fri May 24, 2019 8:29 am

polarbear wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 7:22 am
super_les_mcjannet wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 9:21 pm
No idea why we are even talking about it, who actually cares...well obviously one or two for some reason. :thumbdown:
Spennymoor getting to you, is it sinking in that spennymoor will now have a better ground pitch and pride of county Durham, you will have nothing to dig at spennymoor soon :D
Read what I wrote again Polarbear it might help you.

If unsure then read my posts, Spennymoor have little to no impact on me at all. Actually think you have a very good club and a just about the best chairman/owner ever.

Don't take my comments that you can out spend us for Maguire as a dig, it's just a fact with the caveat of even without extra money you could see why him and others would be tempted to join Spenny.

I actually think you will be promoted next year, Brad is amazingly determined. Also in regards to the pitch when Brad wants to spend the money on sorting it then he will, so don't see any point in talking about it.

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by jjljks » Fri May 24, 2019 9:47 am

Brad has an uphill struggle at Spennymoor 😅

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by spen666 » Fri May 24, 2019 9:55 am

jjljks wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 9:47 am
Brad has an uphill struggle at Spennymoor 😅
Only half the time surely?

Although he can often get bogged down :silent:

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by bigdavethemaddog » Fri May 24, 2019 10:43 am

Barnet used to have a fair slope on their pitch at Underhill

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by Comfortably_numb » Fri May 24, 2019 11:20 am

yeovil - huish (spelling) park?

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by spen666 » Fri May 24, 2019 11:28 am

Comfortably_numb wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 11:20 am
yeovil - huish (spelling) park?


Huish Park is their current ground. Can't recall a slope there.

The old ground "The Huish" was the one with a slope

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by loan_star » Fri May 24, 2019 11:50 am

Wycombes old ground had a side to side slope, one touchline was about 6' higher than the other.

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by spen666 » Fri May 24, 2019 12:01 pm

loan_star wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 11:50 am
Wycombes old ground had a side to side slope, one touchline was about 6' higher than the other.
I didn't know about it having a slope, so googled it. Wikipedia says it was even worse at 11'
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loakes_Park


Are there any grounds with slopes in Football League left? I know that Maidenhead in Conference have a slope lengthwise

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by Makka Pakka » Fri May 24, 2019 12:03 pm

Some footage from Spenny's last home game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctaGEpEpNNE
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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by tdk1 » Fri May 24, 2019 12:21 pm

We've seen some belters on our way through the leagues. I remember Clitheroe in particular had a beauty, so much that the top of the perimeter fence around the pitch was stepped to keep up with it.

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by spen666 » Fri May 24, 2019 12:25 pm

Makka Pakka wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 12:03 pm
Some footage from Spenny's last home game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctaGEpEpNNE

Nah, not at the Brewery Field, pitch was far too dry


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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by polam » Fri May 24, 2019 1:06 pm

loan_star wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 11:50 am
Wycombes old ground had a side to side slope, one touchline was about 6' higher than the other.
First away game of the Conference season 89/90; Smudger led the team out and gently tapped a warm-up ball which disappeared across the pitch down the slope to the far side where the Darlo fans were

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by grytters » Fri May 24, 2019 5:21 pm

Chard FC?

Amateurs.


It's Pontefract Athletic you should be looking to...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ctaGEpEpNNE
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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by karlo-cardiff » Fri May 24, 2019 5:46 pm

I remember Dorchester Town had a horrible slope.. From behind the goal the opposite goal looked above the crossbar.. By far the worst slope I've seen... Wycombes Loaks Park was pretty nasty too from side to side not length way

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by AndyPark » Fri May 24, 2019 9:40 pm

spen666 wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 12:25 pm
Makka Pakka wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 12:03 pm
Some footage from Spenny's last home game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctaGEpEpNNE

Nah, not at the Brewery Field, pitch was far too dry


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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by The Equalizer » Fri May 24, 2019 10:02 pm

AndyPark wrote:
spen666 wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 12:25 pm
Makka Pakka wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 12:03 pm
Some footage from Spenny's last home game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctaGEpEpNNE

Nah, not at the Brewery Field, pitch was far too dry


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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by shildonlad » Fri May 24, 2019 10:09 pm

What about tow law in the northern league, nice little ground but one hell of a sloping pitch. Surely they are banned now in the football league now along with grassy banks
I may not live in the north east anymore but i still support the north east teams

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by spen666 » Sun May 26, 2019 8:52 pm

shildonlad wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 10:09 pm
What about tow law in the northern league, nice little ground but one hell of a sloping pitch. Surely they are banned now in the football league now along with grassy banks
Tow Law?

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by AndyPark » Mon May 27, 2019 6:02 am

Fuck off Spen.

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by shildonlad » Mon May 27, 2019 7:36 am

spen666 wrote:
shildonlad wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 10:09 pm
What about tow law in the northern league, nice little ground but one hell of a sloping pitch. Surely they are banned now in the football league now along with grassy banks
Tow Law?
Yes you not heard of it, the small town in county durham on a hill
I may not live in the north east anymore but i still support the north east teams

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by don'tbuythesun » Mon May 27, 2019 8:57 am

They had a sloping pitch where Chris Waddle was first spotted... perhaps you've not heard if him either, Spen?

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by spen666 » Mon May 27, 2019 9:02 am

don'tbuythesun wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 8:57 am
They had a sloping pitch where Chris Waddle was first spotted... perhaps you've not heard if him either, Spen?
Ben lots of times there. Indeed I saw his last home game for Tow La.

Can't recall much of a slope to pitch, certainly compared to say Crook Town, Willington or Esh Winning

Street outside though is on a massive slope

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Re: Sloping pitches

Post by don'tbuythesun » Mon May 27, 2019 9:11 am

Well there's lots of comments on the net about it and Jeff Winter mentions it in his book. Perhaps you were wearing your rose tinted glasses?

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