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With all the wet weather around at the moment I thought it would be a good idea if we had a list of grounds that have good drainage and are known for beating the elements when others in the locality are called off.

I'll start off with Bradfield Rovers of the Essex & Suffolk Border League whose pitch looked good on saturday despite a lot of wet weather over the previous few days.



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Camberley Town.

We hardly ever have games called off for waterlogging and the ones that are postponed or abandoned are usually down to the refs being pussys rather than proper waterlogging.
Reserve game on the pitch on Saturday, youth game on last night and reserve game tonight while loads of other games in the area have been postponed.
The only thing that stops us playing is frozen ground and that's because most refs are scared of a bit of hard ground these days.


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One of the best has appropriately got to be Peasedown Athletic. Even when it does their pitch is reputedly excellent and when I went in February 2007 on a day when most of the football in the West was washed away, the lady secretary seemed surprised I was even querying if the game was on, and even in heavy rain the pitch only cut up very slightly.

Not been there yet myself, but a few years ago Spratton in the Northants Combination was a good bet on a wet day.


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Dereham Town.

Went there last season during continued extremely wet weather. Drove in a deluge all the way to Norfolk, many of Dereham town centre's drains were overflowing, the club car park was full of puddles....and the pitch was immaculate!


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One of the best has appropriately got to be Peasedown Athletic. Even when it does their pitch is reputedly excellent and when I went in February 2007 on a day when most of the football in the West was washed away, the lady secretary seemed surprised I was even querying if the game was on, and even in heavy rain the pitch only cut up very slightly.

I'll second this one. I went to Peasedown on a dreadfully wet day but it held up well. It is apparently laid on top of shale from old mine workings. also I believe that Saltford rarely get games called off for waterlogging.



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Foxton, Milton, Comberton United, Brampton and Saffron Crocus all in the Cambridgeshire League are good bets on wet days.

Can also confirm I went to Spratton on a day when most games were off, Cold Ashby of the Northants Comb (not sure which division they are currently in) is also good in the wet, Spratton and Cold Ashby are quite close to each other.

Ripley in the Surrey Elite say they rarely have a game off in the wet.

I don't think Oxford United have ever had a game off for waterlogging at the Kassam Stadium.


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Went to Wells City on a day when most other games in the area were off, and I seem to remember one of the officials there saying that they very rarely lose games. Something to do with the structure of the soil in the area, apparently.

In South Wales, Port Talbot Town and Afan Lido generally survive, again because the housing estate where both grounds are found, Sandfields, unsurprisingly, seems to drain very well.


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Did Calverton is an absolute monsoon a few years ago and it was superb, drained like a culender. Clipstone was always a good bet in that area as well.


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Did Calverton is an absolute monsoon a few years ago and it was superb, drained like a culender. Clipstone was always a good bet in that area as well.


The Miners Welfare pitches in North Notts & Doncaster areas are often laid on mining shale (as at Peasedown) which provides excellent drainage.


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The groundsman at Newton Abbot Spurs last saturday was very proud to inform me that they rarely have games cancelled.

In the Train, the fields around and beyond Exeter were certainly holding a lot of standing water (and before some idiot with an OX postcode wants to tell me the bleedin' obvious), yes some were flood plains, doing what they are designed to do.


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Didcot Town is usually pretty good.Have been there a couple of times,when all around and about them games have been off,but they have still played.



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Dereham Town.

Went there last season during continued extremely wet weather. Drove in a deluge all the way to Norfolk, many of Dereham town centre's drains were overflowing, the club car park was full of puddles....and the pitch was immaculate!



I alaways thought that about Dereham Town as well but maybe it's changed as they postponed their 27 Dec game 76 hours before kick off!

Biggleswade United often play when a lot of games in the area are waterlogged as did Biggleswade Town before their move.

Thame Utd's pitch was in excellent condition last night whereas areas just behind the goal & near the lines were waterlogged & very very soggy



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Dereham Town.

Went there last season during continued extremely wet weather. Drove in a deluge all the way to Norfolk, many of Dereham town centre's drains were overflowing, the club car park was full of puddles....and the pitch was immaculate!



I alaways thought that about Dereham Town as well but maybe it's changed as they postponed their 27 Dec game 76 hours before kick off!

Sly maybe that was more a case of it's Xmas so CBA. As also seen at Brentford.... Tongue

Though to be fair to Dereham, it is asking a lot for their groundstaff, who are probably all volunteers, to work over Xmas when there's every chance their labours would be in vain. [EDIT: And wasn't their game of 27th off due to frost/snow, not rain?]


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I'd add Salisbury City to the list, been a port in a few storms when other games locally have been off.


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Leamington's pitch was in excellent condition last Saturday.



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The Enville Athletic (MidCombD2) secretary assured me their ground had excellent drainage and it certainly looked good last Saturday


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Didcot Town is usually pretty good.Have been there a couple of times,when all around and about them games have been off,but they have still played.



Still good, but not quite as good as it used to be.

Quite a number of teams use it.


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With all the wet weather around at the moment I thought it would be a good idea if we had a list of grounds that have good drainage and are known for beating the elements when others in the locality are called off.

Especially in Queensland,Australia & also serious flooding in Rio de Janeiro state in Brazil.I think the UK comes off relatively lightly in recent rainfall totals! Here is the current state of the Suncorp stadium in Brisbane.Looks playable for water polo but this weekends A-League fixture between Brisbane Roar & Wellington Phoenix must be in serious doubtCrazy Visited in November 2008 for an A League fixture between the Roar & Melbourne Victory & it hammered down with rain then although obviously not to this magnitude!!



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How about Norwich United? I went there in September. After a full day of torrential rain, I feared I was wasting my time. When I saw the bepuddled approach road and flooded car park, I felt sure I was. Not a bit of it. Game on! The pitch played really well.


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Norwich United didn't play last Saturday when the weather was mild and clement.



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