0 The Pitch Doctor

Ever wondered why the pitch at your local park looks and plays so different to the surface at your favourite club? It's no fluke - it's down to the hard work of people like Andrew Gray, who's the groundsman for AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court.

Football pitches take a lot of looking after, and thanks to the hard work of Andrew Gray, AFC Bournemouth can boast one of the best around.

Andrew has been a groundsman for seven and a half years, having studied Horticulture at college which led to him working with the team at Southampton where he helped look after the pitches at both the Dell and St Mary's stadiums.

Although he still works at St Mary's two days a week, Andrew took the post at Bournemouth in July 2005, and is fully in charge of maintaining the pitch all year round.

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