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19 January 2013

Town team effort beats weather

Town chief executive Simon Clegg has paid tribute to the Club staff for helping today’s game to go ahead.

The clash against the Tykes was given the green light this morning after referee Nigel Miller passed the pitch playable and Town’s head of safety, Mick Warden, was comfortable that the areas inside the Portman Road stadium were safe. 

The Club office staff worked through Friday morning to help the groundstaff clear the snow off the pitch before returning to their ‘day jobs’ while two members of the security team battled valiantly against the elements on Thursday night to combat the heavy snow that fell at Portman Road. 

Head groundsman Ben Connell and his team were always confident the pitch would be playable, with the surface covered for the week but the inflatable tent had to be lowered to deal with the weight of the snow that fell. 

“It was a great help having the staff out there on the Thursday night and then again on the Friday morning to help shift the snow when they had their own jobs to do,” Ben told the Club website. 

Simon added: “It was a real team effort by the staff, who all picked up a broom and a shovel and helped to clear the pitch. 

“We were expecting more snow through the day – which fortunately didn’t arrive – but we were in a much better position to cope because of the efforts of the staff in the morning.

“Let’s hope it’s rewarded with three points against Barnsley today.”


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