TTU Awards 2010/2011: Worst Pitch
There’s a whole other article that could be be written on the dynamic between Stockport County and Sale Sharks, but for the purposes of this award we’ll focus on the pitch at Edgeley Park. Plenty of football clubs share grounds with those amateur gents of the oval ball, Reading and Wycombe to name but two, and at points those playing surfaces may suffer from the sheer amount of game time demanded of them.
But up in Greater Manchester, where the Hatters are mere tenants to the holding company which owns Sale Sharks, Cheshire Sports, it’s a different story. For several years now, Stockport supporters have had to spend hard earned money to watch their struggling side turn out on an excuse for a football pitch that has become yet another source of shame. This season didn’t quite match the low which saw County move an FA Cup game back in 2009 to Macclesfield, but from this armchair nothing much seems to have changed with the pitch still resembling a Dartmoor bog in midwinter. Work is underway to improve the surface, but with rumours abound of Sale Sharks’ departure to Salford don’t expect real money to be spent on this site any time soon.
Honourable mentions to the ten muddy lines of Accrington’s Crown Ground; Portman Road for that televised pre-Christmas game between Ipswich and Leicester; and, finally, Dagenham’s Victoria Road which John McGee thought was bouncier than a trampoline on his visit in April.
Last year’s winner: Home Park