The Groundsman

August 2015

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Visit for more information and digital editions IOG BEST PRACTICE 32 the Groundsman August 2015 an Forshaw is not one to shirk a challenge. And he's had plenty of practice after 14 years of producing a first-class pitch at Wigan's DW Stadium, ensuring that the frequent back-to-back rugby and football games are played on consistently supreme surfaces in less than 24 hours of each other. "The Warriors [the Wigan Warriors - rugby] like a 28mm high sward while I Ian's quest for knowledge transfer Heading up the award-winning grounds team at Wigan's DW Stadium, Ian Forshaw is one established groundsmen whose quest is to pass on his knowledge and experience to the younger generation By: Colin Hoskins the Latics (Wigan Athletic FC - football] prefer 23mm," he says. "So, meeting these demands is straightforward in terms of turf height when a football game follows rugby. But it's not so easy when rugby follows football." The schedule often sees Friday night rugby followed by Saturday afternoon football, in which case Ian and his two grounds staff, Tony Jump and Robert Woods, will work well into the night replacing the posts with goals, repairing the pitch and re-line marking. "We use a paint that is easy to remove/wash off," adds Ian. That Ian and team regularly manage this situation was recognised last year when they were awarded the IOG Mansfield Sand Professional Rugby League Grounds Team of the Year Award. But while their award submission Back-to-back football and rugby games are played at DW Stadium

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