Essex County are taking nomination for Groundsman of the Year

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 January 2017

Essex County FA are taking votes for Groundsman of the Year (pic: Essex County FA).

Essex County FA are taking votes for Groundsman of the Year (pic: Essex County FA).


Old Chelmsfordians Brian Terry won the award last time out and was a special guest for England’s clash with Spain in November

The British winter can be a tough opponent when it comes to getting matches played, so once again, those who work hard to make surfaces up and down the county playable can be rewarded through the Essex County FA ‘Groundsman of the Year’ Awards.

The Awards recognise the hours of effort throughout the year from football’s volunteer workforce at step seven or below in the pyramid (including youth football).

That includes clubs participating in both Saturday and Sunday competitions. Forms from clubs and leagues are required back at the County Office by February 3 so the County FA can undertake site visits and forward three nominations to The FA in time for their own deadline.

Last season saw Brian Terry, of Old Chelmsfordians FC, named as the number one in Essex and he was invited as a special guest for England’s international fixture with Spain in November, with an opportunity to join Wembley Stadium ground staff on the pitch at half time.

Additionally, Terry and other nominees attended an Awards Day in August at The FA’s state-of-the-art St George’s Park complex near Burton-Upon-Trent in Staffordshire.

They were handed a guided tour of the site as well as an insightful presentation from Karl Standley, Head Groundsman at Wembley. There was also a question and answer workshop with professional groundsmen from Southampton and Manchester City as well as Alan Ferguson from the St George’s Park staff.

For these awards, judges examine the quality of nominated pitches and take into consideration the groundsman’s skills and knowledge, their ambitions for the surface, the resources they have available, how often the pitch is used and the amount of time they are able to work on it.

Judges look at their working environment, weighing that up against the quality of the pitch.

Essex County FA’s Brendan Walshe said: “There are some dedicated efforts from volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure pitches are kept in the best possible condition for players to enjoy the game on.

“This is a great opportunity for leagues and clubs to recognise them and the top Essex club will go forward to a national judging stage, undergoing independent adjudication where they can chat to professional groundsmen.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

12 minutes ago

Alastair Cook’s friendly reunion with Essex team-mate Neil Wagner will have to be put on hold when the serious business of England’s first Test with New Zealand starts in Auckland.

Yesterday, 17:30

Deal that would see New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox play in Newham said to be close to being agreed

Yesterday, 16:30

An Errol McKellar Celebrity XI will do battle with Martin Ling’s London Legends on May 27 in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and East Herts Mind Network

Yesterday, 09:15

Raiders defenceman Julian Smith was delighted to help see off Bracknell in the first round of the National League play-offs at the weekend.

Mon, 17:00

Havering rivals had been due to meet on Saturday, but game fell foul of weather for second time this month

Mon, 16:55

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Chike Kandi is enjoying the competition and pressure of being at the National League outfit.

Mon, 16:00

Estate agent Gary Singh won chance to manage Essex club in fundraising friendly against Premier League side Hammers

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Raiders completed home-and-away wins over Bracknell in front of a packed Romford crowd to book their place in the semi-finals of the National League play-offs.


Fed up with haggling on people’s drives over a used car, only to find out later it’s on its last legs?

Many drivers will be heading to the showrooms in March looking to pick up a car bearing the shiny new 18 registration plate.

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now