Derby County groundsman hands out top tips

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On a typical match day, Andy Croft - who began working for Derby County when the team were still playing at the Baseball Ground - mows the pitch at the iPro Stadium, then waters it and marks it out. Here, he gives tips on how to keep your lawn in tip-top shape.

The groundsman responsible for maintaining Derby County's pitch has shared his secrets on how you can keep your lawn in tip-top shape.

Andy Croft is head groundsman for the Rams and has worked alongside his football team for 23 years, starting when they were still playing at the Baseball Ground.

The Mackworth 40-year-old and his five-man team spend up to eight hours a day conditioning the pitch to maintain a standard that he deems "fit enough to host a Barcelona game every week".

He said: "Our job is very weather dependent and, ultimately, the weather dictates how much work needs to be done on a daily basis."

The lifelong Derby County fan, who counts Jake Buxton as his current favourite player, adheres to various roles on a typical matchday, which include mowing the pitch, watering it and drawing out lines.

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