Dunne backs calls for artificial pitches after another postponement

Essex County Standard: Pitch battle - Joe Dunne is a big advocate of 4G pitches. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO87590-06) Pitch battle - Joe Dunne is a big advocate of 4G pitches. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO87590-06)

Joe Dunne has backed the use of artificial pitches in English football, after another weekend washout.

And the Colchester United manager has revealed he has spoken to chairman Robbie Cowling about the possibility of installing a synthetic surface at the club’s Florence Park training ground.

The U’s were left kicking their heels again at the weekend after their scheduled game at Peterborough United was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, at London Road.

It is the second successive U’s match that has fallen foul of the wet weather, after their home game against Shrewsbury Town was called off last Tuesday.

See Monday's Daily Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news.

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10:23am Mon 3 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

What an absolute non story.ed your fired.
What an absolute non story.ed your fired. stevedawson

10:48am Mon 3 Feb 14

Shambolic says...

The weather in Colchester was no worse that London , there must be something wrong with the pitch drainage.
The weather in Colchester was no worse that London , there must be something wrong with the pitch drainage. Shambolic

10:53am Mon 3 Feb 14

totallyfootball says...

And the point of putting the pitch at Florence Park would be?
And the point of putting the pitch at Florence Park would be? totallyfootball

11:52am Mon 3 Feb 14

wearebeingwatched says...

Shambolic wrote:
The weather in Colchester was no worse that London , there must be something wrong with the pitch drainage.
Or even Peterborough considering the game on Saturday was meant to be played there
[quote][p][bold]Shambolic[/bold] wrote: The weather in Colchester was no worse that London , there must be something wrong with the pitch drainage.[/p][/quote]Or even Peterborough considering the game on Saturday was meant to be played there wearebeingwatched

1:48pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Cufcfan says...

Yes do it please just to annoy the local tiptree morons!! Put a big dome over it as well like the ipswich training ground!
Yes do it please just to annoy the local tiptree morons!! Put a big dome over it as well like the ipswich training ground! Cufcfan

2:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

super waluigi says...

I guess that Joe is predicting that football will indeed go with false pitches sooner than later. Hence let's train on it for 2 or 3 years so we are prepared.
I guess that Joe is predicting that football will indeed go with false pitches sooner than later. Hence let's train on it for 2 or 3 years so we are prepared. super waluigi

4:39pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Steve1210 says...

May be worth noting, that in the Essex Suffolk Border League, Boxted Lodgers FC (who play less than 3 miles away from Western Homes, in Boxted) have been playing their home games....... And it's expected to be on again this week at home to the mighty Holland FC.
May be worth noting, that in the Essex Suffolk Border League, Boxted Lodgers FC (who play less than 3 miles away from Western Homes, in Boxted) have been playing their home games....... And it's expected to be on again this week at home to the mighty Holland FC. Steve1210

5:22pm Mon 3 Feb 14

totallyfootball says...

Steve1210 wrote:
May be worth noting, that in the Essex Suffolk Border League, Boxted Lodgers FC (who play less than 3 miles away from Western Homes, in Boxted) have been playing their home games....... And it's expected to be on again this week at home to the mighty Holland FC.
The ground at Boxted has always drained well, maybe Colchester should visit the ground and find out what the foundation is made of? Alresford is another one, maybe the quarries hold the answer?
[quote][p][bold]Steve1210[/bold] wrote: May be worth noting, that in the Essex Suffolk Border League, Boxted Lodgers FC (who play less than 3 miles away from Western Homes, in Boxted) have been playing their home games....... And it's expected to be on again this week at home to the mighty Holland FC.[/p][/quote]The ground at Boxted has always drained well, maybe Colchester should visit the ground and find out what the foundation is made of? Alresford is another one, maybe the quarries hold the answer? totallyfootball

5:49pm Mon 3 Feb 14

mr pants says...

Television match officials, artificial pitches, goal line technology, all seem to frighten the life out of football officialdom. Other sports have them, why not our national game?
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/sport/0/rugby-union
/23818996
Television match officials, artificial pitches, goal line technology, all seem to frighten the life out of football officialdom. Other sports have them, why not our national game? http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/rugby-union /23818996 mr pants

6:24pm Mon 3 Feb 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

The WHCS should have had proper drainage installed at the outset. Cost cutting council were responsible for not making sure the drainage was good enough. They were also responsible for it being built there in the first place on a bed of clay rather than the more preferred location of Tollgate where the soil is of a sandy nature and has ideal natural drainage.
The WHCS should have had proper drainage installed at the outset. Cost cutting council were responsible for not making sure the drainage was good enough. They were also responsible for it being built there in the first place on a bed of clay rather than the more preferred location of Tollgate where the soil is of a sandy nature and has ideal natural drainage. BlueandWhiteBaz

6:59pm Mon 3 Feb 14

feering1966 says...

I live about 15 miles south of Peterborough weather here last week was wet earlier in the week and Friday night but Saturday was dry sunny and windy so the game could have gone ahead. If the club do get an artificial pitch installed I hope it's better than the trampolines they used to play on in Luton and at Loftus Road!! Not what benefit it would have for the club apart from allowing players to train as its unlikely the Football League would allow league games to be played on artificial pitches. Any news on the friendly game that JD wanted to arrange to make up for the Peterborough game being called off?
I live about 15 miles south of Peterborough weather here last week was wet earlier in the week and Friday night but Saturday was dry sunny and windy so the game could have gone ahead. If the club do get an artificial pitch installed I hope it's better than the trampolines they used to play on in Luton and at Loftus Road!! Not what benefit it would have for the club apart from allowing players to train as its unlikely the Football League would allow league games to be played on artificial pitches. Any news on the friendly game that JD wanted to arrange to make up for the Peterborough game being called off? feering1966

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