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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions AHEAD OF THE GAME 25 the Groundsman July 2015 Kevin joined the school in 1987 – 14 years after entering the industry, straight from school, as grounds boy at Liverpool Cricket Club, where he gained invaluable experience (mainly from head groundsman Chris Hawkins) not only in preparing pitches for club and county cricket but also for county and international hockey, county crown green bowls, and county grass and shale tennis. Then followed a series of appointments at cricket clubs; from 1977 to 1978 as groundsman at Lancashire CCC's Old Trafford ground; then a return to Liverpool Cricket Club in 1978 to 1980 as deputy head groundsman before joining Uxbridge Cricket Club where he spent seven years as head groundsman, again encountering county bowls as well as grass and hard court tennis in addition to cricket. "I joined the matchday team at the 'old' Wembley in 1991 and was there until 1993," says Kevin. "There was a natural break until I re-started again in May 2009, after attending an IOG London north west branch meeting where Karl mentioned that Wembley needed additional matchday staff. My role at the school stops me from 'getting my hands dirty', so the Wembley opportunity was ideal. "Tony and Karl are great people to work with, and I've enjoyed showing the new matchday staff the ropes; keeping an eye on them and checking that they're doing what they should be doing, in terms of pitch repair jobs like divoting. Perhaps my experience in supervising staff here at the school came into its own at Wembley, too." Kevin's intention now is to use more of his free time enjoying his grandchildren and his Liverpool FC season ticket - he relishes the Anfield anthem of 'You'll never walk alone'. But when you bear in mind the school's sports facilities, only time will tell whether Kevin actually manages to take things a bit easier. l Kevin with Wembley's managing director Roger Maslin The Garden Watering Unit (Ref GWU) A 270 litre capacity towed watering unit. Available in electric and petrol versions. FREE BROCHURE 01473 328272 Email sales@schsupplies.co.uk www.schsupplies.co.uk CALL US ON 01502 710039 OR VISIT MARKHARROD.COM SPORT PRODUCTS FROM THE SPORT EXPERTS We manufacture and supply a huge range of goals including 9v9, Mini Soccer, 5-A-Side, Futsal and full size goals. We are proud to say that our goals can't be beaten on quality. Our detailed manufacturing process ensures our goals last longer than our competitors'. MANUFACTURED IN THE UK WITH SCORE ACTURED MANUFA IN THE UK CALL US ON 01502 710039 OR VISIT SPORT PRODUCTS FROM THE e manufacture and supply a huge range of goals including W 9v9, Mini Soccer, 5-A-Side, Fut proud to say that our goals c Our detailed manufacturing process ensures our goals last longer than our competitors'. T MARKHARROD.COM OR VISIT FROM THE SPORT EXPERTS e manufacture and supply a huge range of goals including e are e goals. W sal and full siz 9v9, Mini Soccer, 5-A-Side, Fut an't be beaten on quality. proud to say that our goals c Our detailed manufacturing process ensures our goals last longer than our competitors'.

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