Why 'World War One battlefield' pitches mean amateur football should be a summer sport - YEP Letters
Richard Smith, of Alwoodley, writes:
This may be true as far as the professional game is concerned where there are full-time grounds staff and many games played on artificial surfaces, but please spare a thought for those who volunteer to maintain grass pitches in the amateur game.
Marking out the white lines in wet, muddy conditions is an arduous task.
A lot of hard work goes into preparing the playing surface in time for kick-off only to see it transformed into something resembling a World War One battlefield 90 minutes later.
Summer evenings often provide perfect playing conditions and are more appealing to spectators.
It’s considerably easier to maintain a football pitch in summer than in winter.
Let’s make amateur football a summer sport!