Pitch deterioration and (more) mismanagement at the breeze block

Sarge

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#1
At the Oxvox open members meeting a couple of Wednesday's ago, Jon Rycroft ( of Ox University- who at the time were looking after the maintenance of the pitch), gave quite an informative, revealing and concerning over-view of how the playing surface was deteriorating.

cut n paste from OxVox minutes of meeting as to what was said ..... as well as the revelation of a few days later that Oxford University would not be re-employed by Firoka/ Stadco after their current contract run its course



"On the pitch, Jon Rycroft commented that the pitch specification was not as expected and it had not been maintained fully, making the University’s short-term maintenance contract harder to follow through. He commented that the Club should have more information on the pitch setup. Edit: Since the meeting, Jon has informed OxVox that the University has not been retained by the stadium company beyond its current short-term contract. We do not at this stage know who has replaced them."


Which raises the question that now that the relaid and refurbished playing surface WASNT installed to the expected specification that WAS paid for, also, subsequently the playing surface WASNT maintained correctly, it equates that the installation company rip off whoever paid for the 'new' surface, as well as which our tax exiled slum landlord's representatives, it seems, were penny-pinching when it came to pitch maintenance too. Who is liable then? Jointly the playing surface installation company, by delivering less than they were paid to install, as well as Firoka/Stado for skimping on maintenance costs.... ( until OU flagged up the situation, & coincidentally (?) were informed their maintance contract would not be renewed after it expired, a few days following the aforementioned OxVox members meeting!!!)



Yet another of many areas where , ultimately, the breeze blocks tax exiled slum landlord has, and continues to shaft OUFC regarding 'services' .....any wonder theres a long running dispute about the service contract at the breeze block?
 

Foley

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#2
The current arrangement nearly doesn't work for the club.
As well as getting the club to the Championship the other priority for the owners has to be to somehow change this
 

LondonRoader

Active member
#3
At the Oxvox open members meeting a couple of Wednesday's ago, Jon Rycroft ( of Ox University- who at the time were looking after the maintenance of the pitch), gave quite an informative, revealing and concerning over-view of how the playing surface was deteriorating.

cut n paste from OxVox minutes of meeting as to what was said ..... as well as the revelation of a few days later that Oxford University would not be re-employed by Firoka/ Stadco after their current contract run its course



"On the pitch, Jon Rycroft commented that the pitch specification was not as expected and it had not been maintained fully, making the University’s short-term maintenance contract harder to follow through. He commented that the Club should have more information on the pitch setup. Edit: Since the meeting, Jon has informed OxVox that the University has not been retained by the stadium company beyond its current short-term contract. We do not at this stage know who has replaced them."


Which raises the question that now that the relaid and refurbished playing surface WASNT installed to the expected specification that WAS paid for, also, subsequently the playing surface WASNT maintained correctly, it equates that the installation company rip off whoever paid for the 'new' surface, as well as which our tax exiled slum landlord's representatives, it seems, were penny-pinching when it came to pitch maintenance too. Who is liable then? Jointly the playing surface installation company, by delivering less than they were paid to install, as well as Firoka/Stado for skimping on maintenance costs.... ( until OU flagged up the situation, & coincidentally (?) were informed their maintance contract would not be renewed after it expired, a few days following the aforementioned OxVox members meeting!!!)



Yet another of many areas where , ultimately, the breeze blocks tax exiled slum landlord has, and continues to shaft OUFC regarding 'services' .....any wonder theres a long running dispute about the service contract at the breeze block?
Didn’t DE fund the replacement new pitch for Mapp, so I would expect the club to have to take responsibility of the new playing surface from then on, the club changed that part of the services agreement with Firoka.
 

LowerSouth

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#4
The current arrangement nearly doesn't work for the club.
As well as getting the club to the Championship the other priority for the owners has to be to somehow change this
IMO
You cannot lay all the blame at Firokas door.
For this and the continuing many other historical issues with the Stadium , it’s high time, that the nameless management and owner(s) of OUFC,
stood up and actually managed.
 

Pete Burrett

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#5
IMO
You cannot lay all the blame at Firokas door.
For this and the continuing many other historical issues with the Stadium , it’s high time, that the nameless management and owner(s) of OUFC,
stood up and actually managed.
It would be nice, wouldn't it? Perhaps the prevention of a winding up petition for OUFC should have been a priority?
 

Mellowyellow

Active member
#6
The current arrangement nearly doesn't work for the club.
As well as getting the club to the Championship the other priority for the owners has to be to somehow change this
At the moment it seems that the focus is on anything but the footballing side of things, as proven by these new "millionaires" on the board reluctance to help to pay a £150,000 tax bill.
 
#8
I've heard that its the Radley College Grounds people who are now doing the pitch work. Not sure how that fits in with their schools charitable status role, but the same could be said of Oxford University, so who knows? Poison chalice I reckon, with the real playing surface issue relating to the relaying and why Greenfields, who did both the relay work and then ran the day to day, were relieved of their duties so suddenly!
 
#10
I've heard that its the Radley College Grounds people who are now doing the pitch work. Not sure how that fits in with their schools charitable status role, but the same could be said of Oxford University, so who knows? Poison chalice I reckon, with the real playing surface issue relating to the relaying and why Greenfields, who did both the relay work and then ran the day to day, were relieved of their duties so suddenly!
Were Greenfields relieved of their duties or did they refuse to handle it anymore because they hadn’t been paid properly?

I have no knowledge, genuinely intrigued as to exactly who stopped them looking after the pitch.
 
#11
Were Greenfields relieved of their duties or did they refuse to handle it anymore because they hadn’t been paid properly?

I have no knowledge, genuinely intrigued as to exactly who stopped them looking after the pitch.
There is a common theme no doubt with existing long term, poorly thought out contracts between parties that goes pear shaped. In the fog that then ensues, almost impossible to work out who is to blame. Probably everybody! pays to have your contracts looked at seriously and revisited on a regular basis.
 
#12
Seems to me, that both prior to the protracted takeover discussions with Sartori and the subsequent extended pre-Tiger takeover dealings-that the club was largely run like a ship without a Captain.
So many Stadium “issues” seem to have been pushed to one side and not dealt with.
Tiger then took over and seems to have struggled to formulate a course of action to deal with same.
Strange given the fact that the layers below the first team and the Kasstad admin (youth & U23’s etc) seem,on the face of it,to be heading in the right direction.
 
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