VIDEO: Football team says matches may be cancelled due to horse droppings problem

VIDEO: Football team says matches may be cancelled due to horse droppings problem

Aamir Sajad with his clear up kit required to get games on at Gain Lane Recreation ground

Aamir Sajad with his clear up kit required to get games on at Gain Lane Recreation ground

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THE manager of a junior league football team in Bradford is warning he may have to cancel matches due to the state of their home pitch which is regularly littered with horse manure.

Woodhall United was set up in the BD3 area of the city a couple of years ago, and since last September has been playing their home games at the Bradford Council-owned recreation ground at Gain Lane.

Issues such as the grass and markings not being cut and refreshed regularly enough as well as ditches plagued last season, but since June horse droppings have been disrupting play.

The Council said it was trying to resolve what it described as a "general problem" in the Bradford Moor area with illegally tethered and loose horses, adding that damage to the football pitch was superficial and would be repaired.

Manager Aamir Sajad described how a bucket and a shovel were now regularly required before the team could kick-off and they were concerned that if the problem continued matches would have to be cancelled when the season restarts shortly.

He said: "It has become a massive problem since early June. We are training there at the moment, but every time I go up to the pitch there are fresh piles of horse muck. We've never actually seen a horse, but local residents have told us they see one tethered there regularly in the week. We really need the Council to take action or we will be forced to cancel matches."

He described how the under 18s team in the Craven, Aire and Wharfe League were the butt of jokes last season with comments about the grass being too long and the lines not properly drawn. But this latest situation was much worse.

He added: "Our first match on the pitch is a friendly on August 31, followed by our first league game there on September 14, which we will have to cancel unless something can be done."

Mr Sajad said they had already contacted the Council about their problems a number of times.

Phil Barker, Bradford Council’s Assistant Director for Sport and Leisure, said: “There is a general problem in the Bradford Moor area with illegally tethered and loose horses which the council is trying to resolve."

“But as far as the Gain Lane football pitch is concerned, any damage is superficial and will be repaired as we cut the grass and mark out the playing area to prepare it for use in time for the start of the junior league season in September.”

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10:13am Fri 22 Aug 14

realitystrikesagain says...

Absolute disgrace. These horses will generally belong to tax dodging, thieving scum who ride around the city stealing what they can when they can to weigh in at certain scrap merchants. The horses on the other hand will be cruelly worked into the ground and these criminals will never face a question from the authorities. It's about time the council plucked up some courage and passed a by law to make this whole thing illegal. We can't keep throwing tax payers money at clean ups or round ups. The sooner the police are given powers to confiscate any horse used for scrap collection, the sooner we'll be rid of the illegally tethered horses and the inevitable mess.
Absolute disgrace. These horses will generally belong to tax dodging, thieving scum who ride around the city stealing what they can when they can to weigh in at certain scrap merchants. The horses on the other hand will be cruelly worked into the ground and these criminals will never face a question from the authorities. It's about time the council plucked up some courage and passed a by law to make this whole thing illegal. We can't keep throwing tax payers money at clean ups or round ups. The sooner the police are given powers to confiscate any horse used for scrap collection, the sooner we'll be rid of the illegally tethered horses and the inevitable mess. realitystrikesagain
  • Score: 12

4:27pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Apparently horse sh!t is quite healthy.
Apparently horse sh!t is quite healthy. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 5

5:36pm Fri 22 Aug 14

realitystrikesagain says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Apparently horse sh!t is quite healthy.
Neigghhhh way. Stop horsing around. Anyway it might not be horses. The team manager says he's never actually seen a horse on the pitch. For all he knows it might be giant prehistoric Canadian geese. In which case it could be a healthy n safety issue if a child is standing there and the geese do a fly by.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: Apparently horse sh!t is quite healthy.[/p][/quote]Neigghhhh way. Stop horsing around. Anyway it might not be horses. The team manager says he's never actually seen a horse on the pitch. For all he knows it might be giant prehistoric Canadian geese. In which case it could be a healthy n safety issue if a child is standing there and the geese do a fly by. realitystrikesagain
  • Score: 6

7:24pm Sat 23 Aug 14

puddingandpi says...

I got threatening letters when I asked if I really needed a passport for my 28-year old, laminitic, Shetland pony who couldn't walk more than 5 yards. The threat was always that if you didn't have a passport with the attendant micro-chipping of the animal. the animal would be destroyed. You wouldn't be able to have veterinary attention as the vet would need to see the passport & check the chip & when it was seen your horse wasn't chipped - lasagne. How come these horses aren't treated in the same way?
They need to be removed & shot.
I got threatening letters when I asked if I really needed a passport for my 28-year old, laminitic, Shetland pony who couldn't walk more than 5 yards. The threat was always that if you didn't have a passport with the attendant micro-chipping of the animal. the animal would be destroyed. You wouldn't be able to have veterinary attention as the vet would need to see the passport & check the chip & when it was seen your horse wasn't chipped - lasagne. How come these horses aren't treated in the same way? They need to be removed & shot. puddingandpi
  • Score: 0

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