Fratton pitch wil be relaid

Mark Trapani. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14228-8376)
Mark Trapani. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14228-8376)

The Fratton Park playing surface will be dug up again at the end of the season.

Pompey’s pitch, which was relaid from scratch this summer, was levelled and incorporated a new drainage system.

But it has not lived up to expectations with several bare patches and problem areas.

Club director, Mark Trapani, confirmed at last night’s Pompey Supporters Trust AGM that the pitch would be relaid once again – and he claimed that it will be at no further cost to the club.

Trapani said: ‘We have been in discussion with the people who did it for us and sadly there is very little that can be done between now and the end of the season.’

Asked by a Trust member who would foot the bill, he replied: ‘Not us.’

Trapani added: ‘The pitch will be dug up again in the summer.

‘We sincerely hope it will not be at the club’s expense.

‘Some of the soil has become sodden and as a result, the water won’t run through to the drainage.

‘The bottom line is that the pitch is not as good as we want it to be. It has been a great disappointment.’

Chief executive, Mark Catlin, recently admitted there were concerns over the pitch and had sought discussions with the company to address the issue.

But Pompey’s ground staff are also attempting to find temporary solutions to prevent further deterioration.

Trapani said: ‘We are digging some holes to try to destroy the mass beneath the surface.

‘We have had people out there investigating it, we have reseeded part of it and have growing lamps to try to accelerate things.

‘We are trying our best.’