Ham­p­den pitch to be re-laid – again

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Queen’s Park’s Ham­p­den Park pitch will be re-laid once again just five weeks af­ter it was re­placed at a cost of around £200,000 for the League Cup fi­nal.

Na­tional Sta­dium chiefs con­firmed min­utes af­ter Rangers’4-0 Petro­fac Train­ing Cup fi­nal win over Peter­head on Sun­day that they were re-lay­ing the sur­face .

Rangers boss Mark War­bur­ton and Peter­head man­ager Jim McI­nally were unim­pressed with the stan­dard of the pitch.

It will be the fifth time in seven years new turf is laid and it has just three days to knit be­fore Hibs face Dundee United in the first Scot­tish Cup semi-fi­nal on Satur­day.

Queen’s Park’s fi­nal home league game will come a week af­ter Sun­day’s Old Firm cup tie, when they face Clyde.

Ham­p­den Park Ltd man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Peter Dal­las said:“Re­gret­tably, it be­came ev­i­dent that rye grass in cer­tain strips had not grown as ex­pected.

“Given the re­cent six-fig­ure in­vest­ment, we ex­pressed our con­cerns and reached agree­ment a new sur­face would be re-laid at no cost to HPL.”

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