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Swann on 3G pitch debate

Iron chairman Peter Swann has explained further the club’s stance on the use of 3G pitches, which the club voted in favour of at the Football League meeting yesterday.

The Football League rejected the proposals after a tied vote.

Swann told the club’s official website: “We have to look at the wider picture of football in the country. These types of facilities could be the lifeline for so many clubs and I am not just talking non league here, but league clubs in particular.

“These have changed so much over the years and now deliver a far better standard of surface, so much in that Hockey and Rugby can be played on them.

“Not only that, but financially they can bring in huge amounts of revenue which ultimately could ensure that clubs continue to play football, rather than go out of business.

“It will happen at some stage and these will be accepted into the league.

“We have to be ready to decide whether the advantages of having a home surface like this out ways the disadvantages of a grass pitch.

Iron-Bru.com revealed yesterday that League One and Two clubs would have had to relay a grass pitch if they were promoted to the Championship, something Swann suggested would cost in the region of £150,000. The removal of a 3G surface would also cost around £55,000.

He added: “What we have to consider is there will almost certainly be an advantage to teams who install AGP’s, immediately, rather than those who wait.

“However the vote has not been carried and we move on without having to worry about the fans who like and the fans who don’t like these surfaces.

“The debate continues…”

 

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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