By Alan Duffy
El Tel tests the new surface at QPR in 1981
Anyone of a certain vintage will remain those infamous astro-turf pitches at Loftus Road and Kenilworth Road in the 1980’s. Back then, the hard, rubbery synthetic surfaces had more in common with concrete than natural grass, with the ball bouncing higher than Per Mertesacker sitting on Peter Crouch’s shoulders while he jumps on a trampoline.
Ultimately the pitches were themselves ripped up, with Preston North End’s artificial Deepdale surface the last to go in 1994, as traditionalists won the day and the grass returned.
However, following a meeting of clubs in Derby on this week, the Football League has decided to unveil a public consultation on the possibility of re-introducing plastic pitches, which will run until April.
Rob Heys, Accrington Stanley’s Chief Executive, said:
“I am very pleased. The Football League might be one of the oldest leagues in the world but