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GrimRob
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The Conference are going to allow these next year I believe. How many clubs will take advantage of this new rule? Could be a smart move for the first teams to do so because they won't have many home games postponed.


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Makes you wonder why the likes of QPR, Oldham and Preston (was it Luton as well) had artificial pitches and now they don't.

I played on Preston's artificial pitch a few times - it was hired out to the community and the skin injuries to some of the 'dive in ' players were bloody.

Also, you quickly learnt that the ball had to be played to feet, otherwise the ball rolled past a player without chance of stopping (no friction to stop the ball).

Conclusion: seems to have been tried but ultimately not taken up.  


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Makes you wonder why the likes of QPR, Oldham and Preston (was it Luton as well) had artificial pitches and now they don't.

  


Weren't they banned?


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Weren't they banned?


They still are banned in the league (the vote in November was a tie so the rule stayed the same). Doesn't stop someone digging it up following a promotion though it it helps them achieve it.


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If they were - then interesting move that the Conference league is taking an alternative view - according to Grimrob


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The modern ones are far better than the old ones like Luton & Preston but whether they are good enough for real competitive matches I wouldn't like to say. I have a feeling the new training pitch at Man City is artificial and is being used for youth and women's games.


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They must save money longer term and anything that does that when almost nothing is trickling down from above is going to help a lot of teams in this league. Not that it's going to affect us............................................................................................................................................................
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Have to say that i agree with Southwark on this, but would suggest that it is only a matter of time before this
option will have to be considered for many League 1 and 2 clubs as well, the distribution of wealth in pro Football
in this country is nothing short of a disgrace and the new technology artificial pitches, which bear no relation to the
failed ones of the 80's and  90's, offer massively reduced running costs and an additional income stream.
I seem to remember England playing Russia in Moscow a few years back in a qualifier and there wasn't much in the
way of criticism of the surface then and they have continued to improve since, so  sadly (and i would hate to see it at GTFC)
i think this is possibly the route many struggling clubs will have to go in the future, if given the go ahead by the FL..
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They are perfect for a ground that gets heavy use , for example two or more teams play on them. You can also play youth/womens football on them without having to worry about damage to the pitch. Not sure if you can change the markings if you want to play another sport like rugby on the same pitch though. Maidstone should go up to the Conference South next season, they may be the first team in our division to have one if nobody else builds one as they have huge crowds and should soon get promoted.


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