‘Comedy pitch’: Bury turf is no laughing matter, says manager Flitcroft

Bury manager David Flitcroft has slammed the quality of the pitch at the JD Stadium, despite his side recording a 2-1 win over Northampton Town.

Adam El-Abd’s last minute winner sealed a comeback for 10-man Bury, after Kelvin Etuhu had cancelled out Ricky Holmes’ opener for the visitors. 

Although they secured the victory, Flitcroft bemoaned the standard of the surface in a week when Shakers chairman Stewart Day reiterated their ambition for Championship football.

“It’s difficult to play because the pitch is a comedy pitch, its breaking up there’s too much sand on it, the wrong sand and nothing is growing,” he said.

“We’ve had good weather for a few weeks and nothing is growing so I’m concerned, I really am and I’m disappointed with that.

“We’ve got a chairman that supports everything we do, he’s at Carrington day in day out to see our progress as a football club.”

And chairman Day, who took charge of the club in May 2013, insists that the club are continuing to take steps in the right direction despite Flitcroft’s concerns. 

The 33-year-old business man estimates that he invested £1.5million in his first six months in charge before funding the re-lay of the pitch. 

“When I came to the club I talked about a five-year plan to try and get us into the Championship and nothing has deteriorated away from that,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

“What we’ve done with the Carrington complex is we’ve looked at is as a business model in terms of what we can generate income wise from that, and how we can make it sustainable.

“A lot of clubs in League One and Two might have shied from taking Carrington on as there is a cost to it.

“We’ve got infrastructure in place to try and be successful and try and push towards the Championship.” 

With eight league games remaining Bury are only a point off the automatic play-off places and have their sights firmly set on League One.

Main image courtesy of Bury Football Club via YouTube, with thanks.

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