Kassam Stadium pitch on Oxford United boss to-do list

Bicester Advertiser: Tom Newey (right) was among the players who felt the pitch held United back against York Tom Newey (right) was among the players who felt the pitch held United back against York

GARY Waddock expects more work will be done this summer to improve the playing surface at the Kassam Stadium.

A week ago, United’s players were critical of the pitch after the 1-0 home defeat to York City, which came days after a superb display in winning 2-0 on an excellent deck at Plymouth Argyle.

More than £50,000 was invested by the U’s and fellow tenants London Welsh last summer.

The surface will continue to be used at least once a week, with the rugby club recently agreeing to extend their stay by three years.

Waddock wants to play entertaining football and is keen to have a decent pitch.

He said: “I believe there are plans to do some work on it.

“I’ve had a million and one things to do since I’ve been here and the pitch will come up in conversation over the next couple of weeks with the chairman.

“It doesn’t matter what style you are trying to play you want a nice pitch.

“Come the beginning of the season I’m sure it will be in a good state.”

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9:09am Fri 25 Apr 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Mr W, I hope also on your 'things to do' list are- New coaching staff, a team of players who don't keep moaning about the pitch, who think of the honour of playing for OUFC instead of their wages and contracts, players who are WINNERS.
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Mr W, I hope also on your 'things to do' list are- New coaching staff, a team of players who don't keep moaning about the pitch, who think of the honour of playing for OUFC instead of their wages and contracts, players who are WINNERS. ?? Brenda Jackson
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9:47am Fri 25 Apr 14

bigchet says...

as we all know the pitch is the same for both teams , the way the players moan about it one would imagine that their silky smooth passing game was being spoilt by the pitch. last week i watched a video of the cup replay win over man u at the manor the surface was cut up pretty badly but we still played devestating football. that was a great night at the manor but the standard of player we had in those days even though we were still a lower div club was so much higher those were the days.
as we all know the pitch is the same for both teams , the way the players moan about it one would imagine that their silky smooth passing game was being spoilt by the pitch. last week i watched a video of the cup replay win over man u at the manor the surface was cut up pretty badly but we still played devestating football. that was a great night at the manor but the standard of player we had in those days even though we were still a lower div club was so much higher those were the days. bigchet
  • Score: 5

1:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Oxon21 says...

Next the players will be moaning that the temperature in the dressing room wasnt right. Or it was too dark as we didnt have the floodlights on!

Simple fact is that since Christmas the players have not been good enough, or wanted it enough.

Always next season. COYY
Next the players will be moaning that the temperature in the dressing room wasnt right. Or it was too dark as we didnt have the floodlights on! Simple fact is that since Christmas the players have not been good enough, or wanted it enough. Always next season. COYY Oxon21
  • Score: 8

9:27pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

This pitch has never been anywhere near the standard of the Manor Pitch. I know we never had rugby played on it on a s regular basis as Football but I think that proves it's modern methods and poor grounds keeping this pitch has never looked as lush and never wears as well as the old Manor did. It's a simple solution, dig it up and relay it using a good draining base and use high quality fescue turf, it binds well and produces a better root system than the current poor quality pitch. It would then stand up better to the frequent use and perform better. Although at the end of the day it's the same pitch for both sides!
This pitch has never been anywhere near the standard of the Manor Pitch. I know we never had rugby played on it on a s regular basis as Football but I think that proves it's modern methods and poor grounds keeping this pitch has never looked as lush and never wears as well as the old Manor did. It's a simple solution, dig it up and relay it using a good draining base and use high quality fescue turf, it binds well and produces a better root system than the current poor quality pitch. It would then stand up better to the frequent use and perform better. Although at the end of the day it's the same pitch for both sides! Richard Wickson
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