Council say seaweed could help sodden Shay pitch

Flashback: The Shay has suffered with flooding problems over the years. This picture was taken in 2008.
Flashback: The Shay has suffered with flooding problems over the years. This picture was taken in 2008.
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Shay bosses say seaweed could be the answer after FC Halifax Town had a home game postponed for the second time this season.

Calderdale Council, who own and maintain the Stadium, said that as well as rountine drainage work throughout the year, they have also resorted to injected seaweed granuales into the playing surface to help water drain away quicker.

Town were due to host Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday night - a fixture which had already been postponed from a fortnight ago due to a waterlogged pitch - but the game was called off for a second time after a 1pm pitch inspection.

A spokesperson for Calderdale said: “The Council carries out routine drainage work on the pitch throughout the year.

“In addition to this, a deep aeration treatment involving dried seaweed granules has been used.

Compressed air is injected into the pitch to break up compact clay under the pitch that prevents natural drainage.

Dried nutrients, including seaweed granules, are then injected into the ground and are blown along the fissures and stick to the moist parts of the fissure walls, keeping them open and maintaining the drainage channels created.

“The Football Association recommends this treatment as an effective way to improve drainage,” the spokesperson added.

“This work is starting to improve pitch drainage, but as the past three months have had the heaviest rainfall on record, the full benefits will not be seen until the pitch has dried out.”