February 10, 2013 by Made In Brum
In Saturday’s draw at Charlton, Blues had to play on a pitch that was truly awful. The Valley pitch was not at the quality that should be expected from a team in the second tier of English football and I have played on many better pitches at Sunday League level. This is a common problem in the championship with Huddersfield, Charlton and Blackpool all playing last weekend’s fixtures on unsatisfactory playing surfaces.
As the Npower Championship continues to increase in quality and excitement, fundamental things like pitches should be of the highest order and some of the surfaces that we have seen recently are not acceptable at this level of the game. If things like stands and basic facilities are not adequate for the appropriate level of the game, the authorities would be expected to serve punishment to the club in question. The same should apply to pitches. In a way teams are already being punished e.g. Before yesterday Blackpool had just one win in eleven home games which many claim is down to the poor pitch.
I do accept that over the course of the season pitches will deteriorate slightly but the pitch at Bloomfield Road and the one at The Valley yesterday are just not good enough and action should be taken. If fines or points deductions were given as sanctions then we would not be seeing pitches that belong back in the 1970s.
At the end of the day, we fans are paying to see football matches and we want to see some quality and pitches like this mean that we can’t see this quality so everybody is a loser.
By James Richmond (@jimmyricho98)