Mud is no fun

MUDDY STATE: The condition of the football pitch at Brechin public park after it has been utilised by a visiting fun-fair.

MUDDY STATE: The condition of the football pitch at Brechin public park after it has been utilised by a visiting fun-fair.

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The football pitches at Brechin’s public park, following the departure of the mobile fun-fair, are in such a bad condition it has been impossible to play football on them, claims a member of the City Royal Football Club.

George Shanks contacted the Brechiner after he found the pitches to have been left in an unplayable conditions.

He explained: “The ground has been all churned up by big lorries and vans. I just think it is an awful disgrace to leave the pitch in.

“I am a member of the City Royal football team still and we have three games left to play.

“If two teams are at home we always use the small park for our games and it has been left in an utter disgrace.

“You can see great big tyre marks from a lorry that has sunk into the ground.

“I think it is disgraceful that we have to pay about £50 a week for the changing rooms in the park.

“If we leave a couple of water bottles on the ground we get moaned at yet the fair ground operators can leave it in that state.

“We train there every Tuesday and Thursday and so do young kids.

“We trained on Tuesday night and had to use the kids’ seven-a-side park because our pitch was unplayable.

“The training on Thursday had to be cancelled because of a mixture of the weather and the pitch, but mostly because of the state of the ground.

“There is a spare bit of ground at Wards Road. Why can’t the fun-fair use that? Instead they put it right in the middle of a football park and cut it up badly.”

Although the funfair comes to Brechin annually this is the the worst condition George has seen the pitches left in.

And it is not just the current state of the pitches that he thinks could be improved on.

“Brechin badly needs better football pitches and changing rooms.

“The changing rooms have been there as long as I can remember and I have just retired after 42 years of playing football.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “The funfair used the area which is designated for public lets.

“Once weather conditions improve, the cosmetic damage to the pitch will be repaired.

“As it is nearing the end of the football season, remaining games will be played on another available pitch.”