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Plastic 22:48 - May 3 with 1429 viewsqpr_1968

did everyone enjoy the plastic pitch.
must say there was a few classics on it.

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Plastic on 22:57 - May 3 with 1093 viewsjohncharles

Before anyone criticises the Omniturf do you remember the state of the pitch before ?

Strong and stable my arse.

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Plastic on 09:26 - May 4 with 952 viewsMrSheen

Good and bad, often in the same game. There would be some dazzling spells of high-speed tiki-taka, almost like ice hockey, then dismal spells when the ball would be out of play half of the time. The 80s were the high point of POMO football - Watford, Wimbledon, Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City - so you would see a lot of punting to the corners that bounced straight out. The grass was terrible before, and even worse for the couple of seasons after, but Omniturf wasn't good enough, let's be honest. Surprisingly, we didn't see many of the events promised - the McGuigan fight and a few weeks with an evangelist, and that was about it.
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Plastic on 09:32 - May 4 with 946 viewsMetallica_Hoop

I was a bit young but what I remember most was the bounce.

I didn't realise Oldam got to the old Division 1 on one.
Joe Royale's descripion of ours sounds about right.They had the advanced European Version we lay ours on a bit of concrete.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/29894478
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Beer and Beef has made us what we are - The Prince Regent

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Plastic on 09:34 - May 4 with 941 viewsloftus77

Plastic on 22:57 - May 3 by johncharles

Before anyone criticises the Omniturf do you remember the state of the pitch before ?


This - many examples - but the one that summed it up (and was mentioned on here recently) was the 6-1 FA Cup replay win against West Ham in 1978 (?). If anyone has a link of that, you'll see the mud-bath problem that bedevilled the Loftus Road winter for years.

Makes you realise what great players Stan, Gerry, Tony Currie et al were to play the way they did on that 'surface'.
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Plastic on 09:44 - May 4 with 915 viewsCamberleyR

The guy being interviewed on Nationwide, the director of Omnisport, is the old BBC tennis commentator John Barrett.
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Plastic on 09:52 - May 4 with 879 viewswood_hoop

If my memory ain;t completly shot, didn't they get a load of prisoners from the Scrubs to clear a snow filled pitch ?
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Plastic on 10:16 - May 4 with 836 viewsCroydonCaptJack

Plastic on 22:57 - May 3 by johncharles

Before anyone criticises the Omniturf do you remember the state of the pitch before ?


I always try and make that point as it was a shocker. Only Derby troubles us for the title of worst pitch I recall.
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Plastic on 10:18 - May 4 with 833 viewsstowmarketrange

I played in goal on it towards the end of the last season we had it,and it was horrible.It was rock hard and awful to dive on.Just outside the penalty area at the loft end there was a strip that had been repaired and it was about 1/4 to 1/2 inch lower than the rest.
I didn’t enjoy playing on it so god knows how professional players felt,especially players from the opposition who only played on it once or twice a year.
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Plastic on 10:25 - May 4 with 819 viewsTacticalR

Plastic on 09:32 - May 4 by Metallica_Hoop

I was a bit young but what I remember most was the bounce.

I didn't realise Oldam got to the old Division 1 on one.
Joe Royale's descripion of ours sounds about right.They had the advanced European Version we lay ours on a bit of concrete.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/29894478
[Post edited 4 May 9:35]


'It also smarted, with players who fell on the surface often suffering carpet burns.'

Air hostess clique

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Plastic on 11:16 - May 4 with 753 viewsCamberleyR

Plastic on 10:16 - May 4 by CroydonCaptJack

I always try and make that point as it was a shocker. Only Derby troubles us for the title of worst pitch I recall.


The pitch at the SW6 cesspit in those days was atrocious. I've just finished watching the 1976/77 Big Match Revisited on ITV Hub and towards the end of that season because the filth were eventually to get promoted from the second division, they were showing quite a few of their games.

Down the middle of the pitch from one goal mouth to the other was a grass free zone. Here's an example (apologies in advance):



The pitch where Robbo scored from the halfway line was also a shocker:


The City Ground was also pretty bad.
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Plastic on 11:25 - May 4 with 729 viewsW6R

Plastic on 09:34 - May 4 by loftus77

This - many examples - but the one that summed it up (and was mentioned on here recently) was the 6-1 FA Cup replay win against West Ham in 1978 (?). If anyone has a link of that, you'll see the mud-bath problem that bedevilled the Loftus Road winter for years.

Makes you realise what great players Stan, Gerry, Tony Currie et al were to play the way they did on that 'surface'.


And didn’t West Ham take the lead.
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Plastic on 13:45 - May 4 with 653 viewsenfieldargh

Plastic on 11:25 - May 4 by W6R

And didn’t West Ham take the lead.


Pop Robson scored first sure it was at the Loft End.

One of my all time favourite games, Buzza geting 2 goals and centre back Howe & Abbott!!!

Would love to see this game again

captains fantastic
Poll: tonights result

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Plastic on 13:52 - May 4 with 646 viewsHayesender

My first game was 81/82 season vs Rotherham (Gerry Francis last game apparently but I've very little memory of it, other than it was a draw).

So for purley on nostalgia, I loved it

Poll: Shamima Beghum

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Plastic on 13:58 - May 4 with 632 viewsstowmarketrange

Plastic on 13:45 - May 4 by enfieldargh

Pop Robson scored first sure it was at the Loft End.

One of my all time favourite games, Buzza geting 2 goals and centre back Howe & Abbott!!!

Would love to see this game again


I watched it from the middle of the loft,and as each goal went in we got pushed further and further towards the paddocks by West Ham fans who took exception to our celebrations.I think I was almost at the corner flag by the 6th goal.
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Plastic on 14:52 - May 4 with 553 viewsBoston

It was said that Carlisle Utd had the best playing surface in the country at that time. Wembley’s was top notch and they supposedly had the turf shipped down from Cumbria, though I’d have thought drainage was just as important.

Poll: Thank God The Seaons Over.

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Plastic on 15:07 - May 4 with 524 viewsjohncharles

An added bonus of Omniturf was watching opposition players and managers whinging and moaning about the bounce when they got beat at Loftus Road. Dalglish took it very badly 🤣🤣🤣
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Strong and stable my arse.

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Plastic on 15:12 - May 4 with 517 viewsCamberleyR

Plastic on 14:52 - May 4 by Boston

It was said that Carlisle Utd had the best playing surface in the country at that time. Wembley’s was top notch and they supposedly had the turf shipped down from Cumbria, though I’d have thought drainage was just as important.


Wembley's was top notch apart from a few years in the late 60s and early 70s when they staged the Horse of the Year show and there. Then it resembled a quagmire, particularly in late February when the League Cup final was played.

1969 League Cup Final


1970 LC Final


1970 FA Cup Final
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Plastic on 15:39 - May 4 with 487 viewsMrSheen

Plastic on 15:12 - May 4 by CamberleyR

Wembley's was top notch apart from a few years in the late 60s and early 70s when they staged the Horse of the Year show and there. Then it resembled a quagmire, particularly in late February when the League Cup final was played.

1969 League Cup Final


1970 LC Final


1970 FA Cup Final


Wembley was rough for a few years after it reopened, not helped by American football.



1968 Challenge Cup Final!

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Plastic on 15:46 - May 4 with 466 viewsTacticalR

Horses and Americans.

Air hostess clique

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Plastic on 15:51 - May 4 with 452 viewsCamberleyR

Plastic on 15:39 - May 4 by MrSheen

Wembley was rough for a few years after it reopened, not helped by American football.



1968 Challenge Cup Final!

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Was that the final where the guy missed a conversion to win the game right in front of the posts bang on the final whistle?
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Plastic on 16:00 - May 4 with 423 viewsSott

I was a kid then but I'm sure I remember the placy pitch stank when it rained
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Plastic on 16:17 - May 4 with 382 viewsEsox_Lucius

Does anyone remember a trip to Highfield Road after Coventry had got through to the FA Cup final against Spuds? The pitch was so bereft of grass that the R's fans started mocking the home fans near us which inspired Ian Dawes to run to the opposite corner of the pitch and return clutching a few blades of grass he had found to show us we were wrong.

The grass is always greener.

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Plastic on 16:23 - May 4 with 372 viewsMrSheen

Plastic on 15:51 - May 4 by CamberleyR

Was that the final where the guy missed a conversion to win the game right in front of the posts bang on the final whistle?
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That's the one! And he kicked one from the touchline earlier.



Started in sunshine, too.
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Plastic on 16:36 - May 4 with 344 viewsbosh67

Plastic on 22:57 - May 3 by johncharles

Before anyone criticises the Omniturf do you remember the state of the pitch before ?


This. It was a great improvement on the ploughed field in Siberia it was before it was laid. I played on it a number of times and really enjoyed it. Yes, you had to get used to the bounce but once you adapted it was good. You could ping a decent ball around on it and as long as you remembered to put a little more back spin on it than usual.

Never knowingly right.
Poll: Rename South Africa Road stand the Stan Bowles stand

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Plastic on 16:40 - May 4 with 338 viewsderbyhoop

Lawrenson, part of the great Liverpool side of the time said "I don't give a SOD about the pitch".

And it was dreadful before we installed the plastic.

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