Date: 18th September 2008 at 5:09pm
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I knew something fishy had been going on when I walked into Valley Parade on the opening day of the season and the pitch looked to be at a different level than it previously had been.

And it has emerged today (quite why it’s taken so long) that the much promised work on the Valley Parade pitch in the Sunwin-Carlsberg corner has been carried out, and carried out successfully.

Apparently Wigan’s JJB Stadium was suffering the same problem and whilst the machinery was in the north someone stuck in a crafty phone call and got the Bantams a bargain.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus Mark Lawn explained that City’s new full-time groundsman, Mick Doyle, had recommended the work. He said ‘it`s not just the footings of the old stand that are there but the whole pitch falls towards that corner.

The machine went down eight inches to lay strips of sand so that water will now travel down it and off the side of the pitch. It has lifted up the height as well.

Once the grass grows, it will be a lot better and the surface will improve.’

Last year’s opening day draw with Macclesfield saw a leaky sprinkler drenching the troublesome corner to the extent that it was a problem all year but now the pitch has been levelled in such a way that the water will drain away, rather than into, the part of the stadium that gets no sun.

Only time will tell if it has been a success but it certainly seems overdue, as does the appointment of a full-time groundsman to tend the Valley Parade turf. Just another sign of the progress off the field of play feeding into progress on it.

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