Watford not concerned by Vicarage Road pitch infection ahead of season opener with Bolton Wanderers

Picture: Action Images

Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Watford have released a statement explaining that the Vicarage Road pitch is currently discoloured in places due to an infection but stressed there is no long-term risk to the surface.

The statement included the following: “Those caring for Watford's pitch are looking to rid it of some discolouration, caused by an infection picked up due to the abnormally warm weather conditions experienced across the past couple of months.

“Ongoing treatment - including specialised spraying - will take place after Saturday's season-opener at home to Bolton Wanderers here at The Vic.

“There is believed to be no long-term risk to the health of the usually pristine playing surface.”

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5:30pm Fri 8 Aug 14

bornyellow says...

Infected!....but we have not played Luton!.....
Infected!....but we have not played Luton!..... bornyellow
  • Score: 30

5:30pm Fri 8 Aug 14

robo bovingdon says...

WISH MY LAWN AT HOME LOOKED AS GOOD AS THAT LETS GET THE GAME ON SATURDAY AND GET A WIN COME ON YOU HORNS
WISH MY LAWN AT HOME LOOKED AS GOOD AS THAT LETS GET THE GAME ON SATURDAY AND GET A WIN COME ON YOU HORNS robo bovingdon
  • Score: 16

6:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

KeanerHornet says...

Behind you all the way for the season Sannino, and the whole team. Let's just keep our heads in gear and focused throughout the whole campaign this year. We have a big team, so everyone's input is going to be important. Give it 100%, and play to the final whistle. If we can do that, I think we will be fine. Come on Hornets! :)
Behind you all the way for the season Sannino, and the whole team. Let's just keep our heads in gear and focused throughout the whole campaign this year. We have a big team, so everyone's input is going to be important. Give it 100%, and play to the final whistle. If we can do that, I think we will be fine. Come on Hornets! :) KeanerHornet
  • Score: 13

6:59pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Can we not just sprinkle some Amoxycillin on it?
Can we not just sprinkle some Amoxycillin on it? Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 6

7:00pm Fri 8 Aug 14

#luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts says...

Sod a few brown marks on the pitch ..... Our Shorty just been sacked at the 11th hour? what the F is that all about!
Sod a few brown marks on the pitch ..... Our Shorty just been sacked at the 11th hour? what the F is that all about! #luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts
  • Score: -10

7:08pm Fri 8 Aug 14

smalon says...

#luvreadingthesamemu
ppetscommentingasexp
erts
wrote:
Sod a few brown marks on the pitch ..... Our Shorty just been sacked at the 11th hour? what the F is that all about!
What?
[quote][p][bold]#luvreadingthesamemu ppetscommentingasexp erts[/bold] wrote: Sod a few brown marks on the pitch ..... Our Shorty just been sacked at the 11th hour? what the F is that all about![/p][/quote]What? smalon
  • Score: 5

7:14pm Fri 8 Aug 14

lockerbiehornet says...

And by 5pm tomorrow it'll have burn marks up both wings where Keech and Dyer have skinned the Bolton full backs!! COYGB's
And by 5pm tomorrow it'll have burn marks up both wings where Keech and Dyer have skinned the Bolton full backs!! COYGB's lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 13

7:15pm Fri 8 Aug 14

#luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts says...

smalon wrote:
#luvreadingthesamemu

ppetscommentingasexp

erts
wrote:
Sod a few brown marks on the pitch ..... Our Shorty just been sacked at the 11th hour? what the F is that all about!
What?
Sacked as Stadium announcer, Luther and a guy off Vibe radio taking over....... been muted for a while but seems very strange it's happened now??......... dreadful decision Richard Walker!!
[quote][p][bold]smalon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]#luvreadingthesamemu ppetscommentingasexp erts[/bold] wrote: Sod a few brown marks on the pitch ..... Our Shorty just been sacked at the 11th hour? what the F is that all about![/p][/quote]What?[/p][/quote]Sacked as Stadium announcer, Luther and a guy off Vibe radio taking over....... been muted for a while but seems very strange it's happened now??......... dreadful decision Richard Walker!! #luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts
  • Score: 5

7:54pm Fri 8 Aug 14

jasonwatford says...

Can we not loan a pitch from udinese ??
Can we not loan a pitch from udinese ?? jasonwatford
  • Score: 23

8:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

YoKsHiRe.....HoRn!!!!!!! says...

Quote-
'abnormally warm weather conditions experienced across the past couple of months.'

Ok we know it's summer probably just needs a bit more water on it, didn't look that bad on Saturday!
Quote- 'abnormally warm weather conditions experienced across the past couple of months.' Ok we know it's summer probably just needs a bit more water on it, didn't look that bad on Saturday! YoKsHiRe.....HoRn!!!!!!!
  • Score: 4

8:28pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Ebola ??
Ebola ?? Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -2

8:43pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn says...

Why did they get rid of Shorty? He was GREAT
Whats more how about a feature on Harry in the programme and why dont we take him to all the away games. Best mascot in football
Why did they get rid of Shorty? He was GREAT Whats more how about a feature on Harry in the programme and why dont we take him to all the away games. Best mascot in football Larrythe Loafer 'Orn
  • Score: 5

9:03pm Fri 8 Aug 14

JonBoy says...

Shocking decision to sack Shorty. Not a good way to start the new season. Email richard.walker@watfo
rdfc.com if you want to share your opinion
Shocking decision to sack Shorty. Not a good way to start the new season. Email richard.walker@watfo rdfc.com if you want to share your opinion JonBoy
  • Score: -9

9:18pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Bush Hornet says...

JonBoy wrote:
Shocking decision to sack Shorty. Not a good way to start the new season. Email richard.walker@watfo

rdfc.com if you want to share your opinion
I'm sure he's a nice bloke but I'm glad he's gone. Terrible announcer. I wish him all the best in his new job as a DJ at Butlins
[quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: Shocking decision to sack Shorty. Not a good way to start the new season. Email richard.walker@watfo rdfc.com if you want to share your opinion[/p][/quote]I'm sure he's a nice bloke but I'm glad he's gone. Terrible announcer. I wish him all the best in his new job as a DJ at Butlins Bush Hornet
  • Score: 23

9:26pm Fri 8 Aug 14

grahamwfc says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Ebola ??
Is that the new midfielder???????
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Ebola ??[/p][/quote]Is that the new midfielder??????? grahamwfc
  • Score: 5

9:38pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Mooneyman says...

Could we buy another couple of pitches just in case? We've got enough players to field 3 teams all at the same time.
Could we buy another couple of pitches just in case? We've got enough players to field 3 teams all at the same time. Mooneyman
  • Score: 5

7:53am Sat 9 Aug 14

Travelling Hornet says...

Shorty was sacked for p155ing on the pitch causing yellow patches, allegedly .
Shorty was sacked for p155ing on the pitch causing yellow patches, allegedly . Travelling Hornet
  • Score: 1

8:25am Sat 9 Aug 14

loyalhemel says...

Good to see the happy clappers are more concerned about some 2 bob announcer than the pitch & the team
Just remind me again how many goals shorty got last season
Good to see the happy clappers are more concerned about some 2 bob announcer than the pitch & the team Just remind me again how many goals shorty got last season loyalhemel
  • Score: 5

9:24am Sat 9 Aug 14

JohnnyHornet says...

Must be the distinct lack of manure in recent years.
Must be the distinct lack of manure in recent years. JohnnyHornet
  • Score: 2

10:17am Sat 9 Aug 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Just a personal view on Richard Short.
Whilst I have nothing against the fella personally, I've never warmed to his style of "announcing".
So often more about himself than anything else, he can come across as patronising, histrionic & with amount of hyped-up fake emotion which he expects everyone to join in with. I well recall how he embarrassingly destroyed Graham Taylor's farewell in such a manner.
At last week's open day, he was equally self-obsessed reminding us all on more than one occasion of his personal "associations" with players. It's not about you mate.
So I suspect it's likely that someone further up the food chain also doesn't warm to his strutting 'me me me' style.
Sometimes change is for the better people.
Just a personal view on Richard Short. Whilst I have nothing against the fella personally, I've never warmed to his style of "announcing". So often more about himself than anything else, he can come across as patronising, histrionic & with amount of hyped-up fake emotion which he expects everyone to join in with. I well recall how he embarrassingly destroyed Graham Taylor's farewell in such a manner. At last week's open day, he was equally self-obsessed reminding us all on more than one occasion of his personal "associations" with players. It's not about you mate. So I suspect it's likely that someone further up the food chain also doesn't warm to his strutting 'me me me' style. Sometimes change is for the better people. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 9

11:05am Sat 9 Aug 14

lutondown says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
JonBoy wrote:
Shocking decision to sack Shorty. Not a good way to start the new season. Email richard.walker@watfo


rdfc.com if you want to share your opinion
I'm sure he's a nice bloke but I'm glad he's gone. Terrible announcer. I wish him all the best in his new job as a DJ at Butlins
Nutshelled
But I suppose it gives the young reporters a break from criticism
By the serial Whingers
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: Shocking decision to sack Shorty. Not a good way to start the new season. Email richard.walker@watfo rdfc.com if you want to share your opinion[/p][/quote]I'm sure he's a nice bloke but I'm glad he's gone. Terrible announcer. I wish him all the best in his new job as a DJ at Butlins[/p][/quote]Nutshelled But I suppose it gives the young reporters a break from criticism By the serial Whingers lutondown
  • Score: 4

11:08am Sat 9 Aug 14

lutondown says...

loyalhemel wrote:
Good to see the happy clappers are more concerned about some 2 bob announcer than the pitch & the team
Just remind me again how many goals shorty got last season
Too many people on here that love to moan...
Most of them were Bassettes
Says it all really
[quote][p][bold]loyalhemel[/bold] wrote: Good to see the happy clappers are more concerned about some 2 bob announcer than the pitch & the team Just remind me again how many goals shorty got last season[/p][/quote]Too many people on here that love to moan... Most of them were Bassettes Says it all really lutondown
  • Score: 0

11:09am Sat 9 Aug 14

lutondown says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
Shorty was sacked for p155ing on the pitch causing yellow patches, allegedly .
Heinous accusation
But a reasonable assumption
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: Shorty was sacked for p155ing on the pitch causing yellow patches, allegedly .[/p][/quote]Heinous accusation But a reasonable assumption lutondown
  • Score: 1

11:15am Sat 9 Aug 14

lutondown says...

I find that being a dog owner that my lawn gets
A similar infection and given that we have old mammary glands aka Bristols/ ilovbas who is also an old hound, could it be our cleric in dog collar Is not cocking his leg anymore and peeing like an old **** terrier?
Bite you naughty boy, oh sorry forgot you're toothless.
See you at the salon?
Just to be a tad contentious, so unlike me..... I do hope we field our best
11 and not the old guard. Fortune favours the brave not the appeasers
I find that being a dog owner that my lawn gets A similar infection and given that we have old mammary glands aka Bristols/ ilovbas who is also an old hound, could it be our cleric in dog collar Is not cocking his leg anymore and peeing like an old **** terrier? Bite you naughty boy, oh sorry forgot you're toothless. See you at the salon? Just to be a tad contentious, so unlike me..... I do hope we field our best 11 and not the old guard. Fortune favours the brave not the appeasers lutondown
  • Score: 0

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