Port Vale striker Louis Dodds praises - in a 'valed' way - the clubs head groundsman, Steve Speed, reports the Stoke Sentinel.
"I have to mention our groundsman Steve Speed, if only to try to cheer him up because he takes it very personally whenever we have a game called off as we did on Saturday when our home game with Swindon was washed out.
I keep hearing how he's the hardest working bloke in football, but whenever I see him he's having a cup of tea. Just kidding Speedy. Our groundsman is the first into work and the last to leave and he does a great job for the club.
Obviously that doesn't stop us giving him some stick, which he returns with interest. I've got to know Speedy over the years and our conversations usually involve me taking the micky out of the state of his pitch, and him taking the micky out of the state of my performances.
We haven't got a modern pitch like clubs with new grounds and so he and his staff really are fighting against the odds. I'm not an expert on pitches but Speedy has told me enough times about the clay soil around here which means the pitch retains water rather than allowing it to drain away.
He and his staff do a brilliant job and we are lucky to have someone with his expertise and love for the club. That won't stop me giving him grief though, which I am sure he will give me back when he reads this."
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