PLAS­TIC’S NOT SO FAN­TAS­TIC FOR 72

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Jamie Holt

PLAS­TIC pitches won’t be re­turn­ing to the Foot­ball League next term.

The League has con­firmed that its clubs have de­cided against the re-in­tro­duc­tion of ar­ti­fi­cial sur­faces.

They be­came com­mon in Eng­land in the 1980s but weren’t popular and Pre­ston were the last to get rid of theirs, in 1994.

Fol­low­ing a tied vote by clubs at their pre­vi­ous meet­ing in Derby in Novem­ber, clubs con­sid­ered the mat­ter, once again, at a meet­ing at St Ge­orge’s Park.

A League spokesman said: “Over the last 12 months, League clubs have de­bated the is­sues re­lat­ing to the re-in­tro­duc­tion of ar­ti­fi­cial play­ing sur­faces on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

“Hav­ing con­sid­ered all the avail­able in­for­ma­tion and hav­ing heard from rel­e­vant ex­perts, clubs have reached the con­clu­sion that they do not wish to pur­sue the mat­ter any fur­ther, as a ma­jor­ity of them pre­fer to play their matches on grass pitches.”

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