Football pitches all over Europe, and which are played on every week, labour under all kinds of weather and all kinds of conditions.
A lot of them, you would think the turf had just been laid.
They are picture perfect.
Here in Scotland we have a convoluted set-up where the SPFL runs the leagues and the SFA observes them.
With not much to do except look at the white elephant of Hampden you would think it would be pristine.
But Hampden’s pitch has been in a shocking, unpardonable state the last few times we’ve seen it and played on it and the news that our semi-final will be on the Sunday rather than the Saturday might suit TV companies and police and such like, but it does not suit us because there is a high likelihood that the pitch will be cutting up.
If it is then Celtic should raise nine kinds of hell.
Imagine the indignity for Scotland if the national stadium pitch looks like a ploughed field when the two leading sides in the country are playing a semi-final on it.
Can you imagine how that will look to a foreign TV audience?
Two sides slugging it out on pitch you could wouldn’t walk a dog on? And who benefits from it in a playing sense? Not the team who prides itself on possession based football on the deck.
We should be all over this. The SFA has no excuses here. Queens Park don’t even play on that pitch anymore; all they really have to do over there is water it and take care of it. There are people running bowling greens and public parks who manage it to a greater degree than the governing body of Scottish football seems able to.
Worse, there are people running modest clubs with modest funds who keep their pitches nearly perfect. That our “leaders” are unable to do the same is damning. Celtic should do more than damn them.
If that pitch isn’t in good nick for us heads ought to roll.
March 16, 2023 at 8:11 pm
March 16, 2023 at 8:27 pm
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Michael Clark says:
March 17, 2023 at 2:07 pm
Aye James, the Celtic Board will listen to us and the SFA will listen to them and SFA will get done about it.
If Sevco wins then a copious amount of bottles will be opened and hands will be shaken in an odd fashion down in the labyrinthine bowels of Hampdump.
Just wait until next year when Queens Park gets promoted and they’re back playing there every week. I’d wager that the pitch will be better taken care of even with an 800% increase in usage because someone from Queens Park will be in charge of maintenance.
I hope it pishes all of the week up to 1st semi and 2 teams dig it up over 2 Hours and turn it into a ploughed mire to show up the total absolute incompetence of the blazers not fit for purpose and is unplayable for 2nd semi with the biggest club in the land and the new wee club/team
ffs we know it might not be a great pitch but let’s not start making excuses six weeks before play them.
The national pitch is already in an unfit state we saw that with the semi-final and final. Now we’re looking at taking on Newco the following day after the first semi-final and no disrespect but nether of the two sides competing the first semi-final are the greatest of footballing sides so the parks going to get badly cut up and if its been raining the previous day it’ll be unplayable. Why not play the semi-finals at Murrayfield!! The 6 nations will be long gone and we’ve played there before