El Plastico: The emergence of artificial pitches

One if the first things I notice when I walk into most football grounds is the smell of freshly cut and watered grass. It’s one of the integral parts of the experience. It evokes innocent, youthful memories of ‘kick abouts’ in the local park, mud and grass stains. A stark contrast to recollections of burns and grazes dished out by 90s sandy ‘astro turf’ surfaces. Thankfully artificial pitches have moved and more and more non-league clubs are embracing them.

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