ROB BROOKES IS NAMED BEST GROUNDSMAN IN CONFERENCE
Wednesday Jun 20, 2012
Alfreton Town Football Club groundsman Rob Brookes has been officially named as the best groundsman in the Football Conference.
The Impact Arena playing surface received the highest marks from the judges, the groundsmen from Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United who scrutinised every Conference pitch.
During the club's first ever season in the Blue Square Bet Premier Division, numerous visiting officials, players, fans and match day officials had praised the excellent condition of the surface.
Confirmation as to just how good it is came last week an with official notification from the Football Association.
The judges reported a particularly high standard of groundsmanship across the country despite the adverse winter weather. And yet it was a winter which saw not one postponement at Alfreton.
Rob, 40, took over the role of Alfreton Town groundsman five years ago and he has been directly responsible for turning the Reds pitch into a spectacularly good playing surface with noticeable year-on-year improvements.
"I was happy when I was firstly named in the top five, but to be named as the number one is brilliant" said Rob.
In second place was Conference North groundsman Graham Osbourne at FC Halifax Town, third was Stewart Ward at Forest Green Rovers.
Highly commended were Paul Eddlestone at Hyde FC and Peter Howard at Farnborough.
The first-placed groundsmen from each league will each be presented with a trophy at their respective grounds, and will be invited for a celebration at Wembley at an England international fixture later in the year.
In addition, the FA will be hosting a ‘Winners Day' in October for all the nominated groundsmen in each award category.
Rob is also in charge of the club's brand new training pitch at the Somerlea Park Community Centre in Somercotes.
Early bird deadline
Alfreton Town fans only have until June 30 to purchase season tickets at ‘Early Bird' prices.
Discounted season tickets for the 2012/2013 campaign which covers 23 home league games are: Adults (persons aged 16 and over) £289; Concessions (senior citizens aged 65 and over and children aged 15 and under) £194. Ten Match Tickets Adult £150, Concessions £100.
Prices after June 30th rise fo £310 for adults, £206 for concessions and £160 for ten match tickets, £110 concessions.
Tickets can be ordered by calling Lisa Towerzey on 01159 392090 extension 107 between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday. Whilst no official numbers have been released yet, the club have confirmed this week that demand for season tickets is up on this time last season.