The IOG awards


The IOG Campey/Imants Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year Winner:
Manchester United FC, Old Trafford
Finalist: Burnley FC, Turf Moor

The Red Devils’ 30-strong groundscare team looks after four sites covering 20 hectares in total – Old Trafford stadium and the AON training complex, as well as two additional training grounds that are used by the club’s academy teams, the Salford league and the local community. The team, says grounds manager Tony Sinclair, has desire and determination in abundance, and they adopt the latest and best pitch maintenance methods – underpinned by the appropriate training – to, he says, “produce the best pitches possible”.

The Alex R Millar DLF/Johnsons & Ransomes Groundsman of the Year Winner:
Tony Sinclair, Manchester United FC

Grounds manager Tony has in the past been voted United's employee of the year – and that’s no surprise when you hear him talking about the importance of the pitch: "It's the team’s most vital tool. If the pitch isn't right then the repercussions can be great.” Tony says he feels privileged to do the job at Old Trafford, the world’s most famous stadium.

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