Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Tuesday March 2 2010
Wigan Athletic have started the process of laying a new playing surface at the DW Stadium and the race is now on to have it finished in time for the visit of Liverpool on Monday 8th March.
The head groundsman at the stadium Ian Forshaw is nervously optimistic that all will be well and he is grateful to be getting some good weather for a change helping to make the process run smoothly, speaking to the clubs official website Forshaw explained: 'The work is going well, we have been fortunate with the weather so far and been able to really work well.
'But I'll be a lot relaxed when all the turf is laid.'
Meanwhile our good friends over at Cockney Latic have been keeping a close eye on the proceedings and editor Jason Taylor reports: "I had a walk down to the stadium whilst the latest relay was being done, mainly to get a sneaky photo and obviously to see what the latest info was.
"I got talking to someone there, whilst being shepherded away, and they went through the process of what goes into relaying modern football pitches.
"As is common knowledge, the pitches these days are not just grass but a complex weave of fibres that resemble horse hair and a top grade grass. When laid, the pitch can be used immediately due to a bedding agent of sand, some more of this fibre and a couple of other ingredients that I fazed out and didn`t register. This bedding will be down by the close of play Sunday ready for the turf to be laid on Monday."
Well there we have it, getting laid at the DW Stadium in time for the big game against Liverpool, a brand new playing surface, it`ll be like playing on a carpet.
To read Jason`s article over at Cockney Latic click here
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Date:Tuesday March 2 2010
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