Keep football on grass says Nantwich Town boss Dave Cooke


Nantwich Town manager Dave Cooke wants football to remain on grass, despite a string of postponements that have wreaked havoc on the non-league programme in recent months.

“You can never control the weather”, said Cooke.

“If you look at some of the weather in the 60s, they had the big freeze, which is well documented in about 1963. I think the programme was decimated for about three months, so you’re always going to get bad weather in the winter.

Cooke believes  restructuring plans will help, if the league is cut from 46 games per season to 42.

“But maybe we could play one or two more midweek games as the season starts, that way you can afford to miss two or three Saturdays later in the year,” he said.

Nantwich face a tricky spell of fixtures over the coming weeks, as postponed matches due to the weather, as well as their progression to the first round of the FA Cup, means they need to play catch up.

“We need to keep the players ticking over,” Cooke continued.

“We’re lucky enough at Nantwich to have a 3G pitch, so the lads can get on it and keep playing, I know a lot of the teams in the League of Wales have installed 4G pitches, but I’m probably old fashioned and would rather football continue to be played on grass.”

Cooke takes his side to Buxton tomorrow, on the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Matlock on Tuesday night, which as probably left their outside shot at a play-off place unattainable.


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