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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A.
45 years in turf culture Parks Manager, Lecture in Sports Ground Management in the Uk Europe & USA.
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 17
Val questioned the last tweet she says she has definitely slit more than 3times a week it's more like once a day sorry
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 16
Many thanks Alex for your assistance
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 16
Val still Spiking the Hednesford pitch This is the 3rd time she has carried out this activity on the pitch We have replaced the worn out rear rollers on the Spiker with brand new ones supplied by the As a result the effect on the pitch is great now.
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 14
The pitch under play at keys park ( Holding up really Well)πŸ‘πŸ˜€ Hednesford V Burton Albion Result Hednesford Win 4. 1. Now in Semi FinalπŸ‘ Next Thursday the 22 Feb The rearranged game between Aston Villa and Ipswich Town under 23swill be at Keys Park for a 7 pm kick off.
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 13
The pitch is ok for tonight's game against Burton Albion FC. It will be a little soft and will be prone to surface damage. I just hope it does not ruin the pitch for the remaining games We still have around 20 more games until I carry out the May Renovation.
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 12
Tuesday's game for Hednesford v Burton is presently in question. The game against Burton tomorrow night is presently in doubt, even if the snow goes the surface does Not Drain at all well due to the original structural deficiencies. Val and myself will do our best to get it on!
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 12
Aston Villa v Ipswich Town under 23s game at keys Park has been called off due to the state of the pitch It's Snow covered and although it's thawing it will leave the ground waterlogged so the Referee won't play it It will be re arranged at a later date
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 11
Just for you James Ps,don't damage the goal mouth. And try not to kick the ball off the 6 yard Lines! ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ πŸ™Œ πŸ™ πŸ‘ Or I get upset 😩😩😩😩 Ha Ha πŸ€—
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 11
Del, thanks for your positive remarks on what we both try to do on the Ground. However, although we carry out our work voluntary I'm sure the club appreciate our attempts to try to improve the pitches playing condition Away teams often praise us on the pitch condition.
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 11
Sunday 11 Feb Val and I have just spent 5 hours trying to put the surface back after yesterday's match 🀐 The Villa u23s are playing Ipswich town tomorrow evening at 7 pm. ⚽️ There's only 50% Grass cover on the pitch 😑 God knows what it will left after this weeks matches !
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 10
So far so good for the Barwell game today. The pitch is reasonably Firm, Flat, Smooth,and True Depending on the amount of Rain Fall this afternoon will in fact determine how much damage we have to repair before the Villa Game on Monday night ! Its Good To Go.
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 9
The pitch is ready for the 3 matches over the weekend Hednesford v Barwell Saturday Aston Villa v Ipswich Monday Hednesford v Burton Albion on Tuesday. Wednesday after that lot,Val and Myself will firstly take very strong Pain Killers prior to inspecting the pitch Oh s**** 😱
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 6
This time next week I'll have the Hednesford pitch looking as good as the one mentioned in the article in the Express and Star We are destined for games on Sat, mon and again on Tuesday I'll be reluctant to show you the state of the pitch next Wednesday after that lotπŸ˜–
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G, M.P.R.R. A. retweeted
Express & Star Feb 3
What do and have in common? You'd never guess!
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 3
I'm NOT going to tell you as to where I've had a recent approach from to look after a Football Ground ⚽️ But the weather is outstanding and it would be a real treat to get prolonged warm conditions to work in.😎 And they will Pay πŸ™ That'll be Great πŸ‘ Where do I Sign? ✍
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Feb 2
The pitch may look half decent from this distance, But in fact it's not at all good when your actually on the playing surface, it's thining out badly and the quality grasses are just about holding on. It may look good to you guys, I'm afraid it does not satisfy me
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Jan 27
Val and myself trying to get the pitch ready for the Staffordshire v Oxford under 18s ko 2 pm after the match today. We Rolled then Spiked all went Well until some person turned the f***** lights OFF πŸ˜‘πŸ™„πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜ˆ!!!!!
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Jan 26
The pitch is in Good condition after Val, Slit / Spiked it ready for Saturday/ Sunday's game. It's reasonably Dry,Firm,and free of water. Wednesday after the heavy rain there was standing water on the surface. Heavy Rain to arrive tomorrow and likely to affect the weekends games.
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Jan 25
This is the first time we have had the opportunity to carry out work on the pitch since last Friday due to the inclement weather and water logged surface. It's imperative the weather stays dry to enable the surface to be capable of allowing these games to go ahead.
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David H Bates N.D.T., F, Inst G,   M.P.R.R. A. Jan 25
Thursday 25 Jan Val carrying out spike/slitter aeration of the pitch The pro core has helped to assist in drying out of the surface At present the 2 weekend games must be in question I hope it continues to dry out and ensure its playable for both the Saturday/Sunday's games
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