Work begins on new pitch

Last updated : 02 January 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Whilst both wins featured fine battling performances from the team the surface certainly proved to be a formidable obstacle to playing the kind of flowing football we now expect - although Craig Bellamy seemed to manage alright!

Sir Bobby recognises the importance of the pitch to our bid for honours and said of the scheduled work: "It's going to be an expensive job, but it's money well spent.

"We need a good pitch. We've got Bellamy, Dyer and Solano - we've got good players here and we've got to give them a good pitch.

"We got some amazing results last year, remember, on that wicked pitch. The pitch we are going to put in is a holding pitch to see the winter out and the spring. And after that, we have to decide what to do with the pitch.

"Newcastle have always had a poor pitch in winter. We don't have the better weather up here. It's always five degrees colder up here, so Mother Nature doesn't help here with the pitch, with the grass.

"My lawn up here isn't as good as my lawn in Ipswich, and it's the same reason. My wife tells me that because she cuts them both."