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Pitch preparations well under way ahead of the new season at Ewood

23 May 2018

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Work on the Ewood Park pitch, ahead of Rovers' return to the Championship, is now under way.

Head groundsman Trevor Wilkin and his team will spend the next two months preparing the playing surface - which was named one of the best in the EFL last season - ensuring it's ready for the big kick-off in early August. 

Trevor, who has worked for the club for over 35 years, said: "All that's happening is what we do every season, which is stripping the old turf off, adding some fresh root zone, freshening everything up and reseeding.

"People get it in their head that it's a brand new pitch, but it's not. It's more of a make do and mend job.

"Over the next few days, the old turf will be stripped off, then we'll get the new root zone on, mix it all together and by the end of the week it should all be levelled and seeded. 

"It will then be put to bed for two weeks, then hopefully it should be totally green and ready for me to start cutting again.

"Hopefully we get a decent summer and then we'll be ready to go from mid to late July.  

"There's lots of work going on down at Brockhall as well. 

"The Owners have spent money on every single pitch this summer, which is great - a good investment.

"Every single pitch at the Senior Training Centre and the Academy is having some work done on it, and that's the bread and butter for the players.

"We'll be doing the best we can to produce training pitches as good as Ewood for Tony (Mowbray) and his staff."

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