Phil Collinson (Senior Sales Manager North) was asked by Head Groundsman Oliver Makin to help out.
Phil explains what his tasks for the day were and how great it was to lend a hand with his former collegues.
“I arrived at 10am to find to pitch in splendid condition having been cut earlier in the day by Oli and his assistant Drew Duffy. Ture to English form....it was raining! Having spent almost 10 years at Rochdale I think I can count on one hand the number of dry match days, it was good to see it wasn't me that was cursed or if I was it has transferred seamlessly on to Oli.
After a well earned tea break for Oli and Drew it was time for final match day preparations which included marking of the pitch. I was trusted with this job and with the help of Drew we started stringing out the lines.”
Oli has been using Revolution (one of many Fleet products available for use of grass surfaces) since its launch through his Lionel 4" marker Oli had these comments.
“Revolution is superb! we have even had opposing teams and visitors comment on the brightness!
The unique finishing quality gives us a paint that wont "re-wet" meaning that once the paint has dried onto the grass leaf it can’t "ghost" during play. The lines even stand up when the pitch is irrigated before play, which is now a common practice up and down the country.”
“By the time kick off came round the pitch looked stunning and Oli and Drew should be very proud of what they have achieved. I'm sure the work is appreciated by all the playing staff at the football club.”
The result didn't go Rochdale's way on the day but Fleet are sure if the surface remains at such a high standard it won't be long until the 3 points start rolling in.
Phil finishes off by saying
“I want to say a big thanks to Oli, Drew and all the staff at Rochdale AFC who made the day an absolute pleasure and everyone at Fleet Linemarkers want to wish Rochdale AFC all the best for the 2014-15 season!