Vital Football

Latest Dundee United News

Attack Of The Pitch Munching Insects

Attack Of The Pitch Munching Insects

Bad weather, over-use or vandalism - Dundee United could have used any of these excuses to explain the Tannadice pitch being in such a poor state this season, but instead its being blamed on insects.

Apparently, the larvae of Daddy Long Legs has been eating the grass, resulting in patches appearing all over the pitch.

The insects thrived on the milder temperatures last year and laid their eggs on the Tannadice turf, but now the eggs have now hatched and the larvae have been eating the roots of the grass.

Dundee United groundsman Albert Dawson thought he had prevented the problem, when he put insecticide down last year, but some of the eight-legged invaders survived.

"There is hardly anything holding the pitch together and that's why it has been coming away from under the players' feet. That's why as soon as you walk on the pitch you are kicking the grass out," admitted groundsman Dawson.

"Back in late summer, early autumn we had daddy longlegs laying their eggs on the park and now these have hatched they are eating the roots of the grass."

"I noticed it back in September and sprayed the pitch with insecticide, but some of them have obviously survived."

"We've now sprayed it another couple of times and there is another treatment to come so, hopefully, that will get rid of the problem."

"We will follow that up this treatment with another in a month's time and by the end of the close season you won't know that anything's happened."

SPL rivals Aberdeen had a similar problem a few years ago, which resulted in the whole pitch being dug up.

Dundee United might have to go down a similar route, replacing the whole of the Tannadice turf in the summer.

"Aberdeen dug out a new pitch then, but I don't know if we'll get that," continued Dawson.

Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Latest SPL News
More United News:
News Archive
Totally Unacceptable Start To 2007
Craig Levein Will Get United Relegated?
Dundee Clubs Fight Over Fixtures
Captain Linked With Scotland Call Up
Charlie Miller Turns Down SPL Return
Weather To Blame For Poor Start?
Robb's Comeback Was Vital To 1-0 Win
St Mirren 0, Dundee Utd 1
Former Manager Wins M-O-T-M Award
Dundee United Drop Down The League
Mairs Return Bad News For McCracken?
Have Your Say:
Dundee United Forums
All SPL Forums


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Arab Jacques
Date:Wednesday February 14 2007
Time: 12:29PM

Comments

0
ROFL! How come the pitch a stone through away is in absolutely perfect condition and the manager has been praising the groundsman for having "one of the best pitches in the country" - I thought Daddy Long Legs were attracted to *****e!
Dayzo
15/02/2007 11:50:00
0
Obviously we have a better quality of grass, which attracts the eight-legged freaks. Talking of freaks, what league are your side in again?
shingles
16/02/2007 13:11:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Dundee United Articles

Ross County 6 Dundee United 2

Dundee United were crushed 6-2 by Ross County in the Scottish Cup fourth round at the Global Energy Stadium.

Chris Routis' early volley had the hosts in front, until Tony Andreu slotted in an equaliser on thirteen minutes.

However, the Staggies were disastrously 4-1 ahead after half-an-hour with Paul Quinn rapidly heading in and Tim Chow and Liam Boyce adding further goals.

Andreu at least grabbed his second on the stroke of the interval, and Routis later matched it before s

Stats: Ross County v Dundee United

All the stats from Ross County (6) vs (2) Dundee United, The Global Energy Stadium, Sat 21st Jan 3.00pm Att: 2,440

Team Line-Ups: Ross County v Dundee United

Team line-ups for Ross County v Dundee United in the Scottish Cup fourth round at the Global Energy Stadium.

Ross County v Dundee United

Dundee United turn their attention towards Scottish Cup fourth round action when visiting top-flight Ross County.

Archived Vital Arabs Articles

Vital Arabs articles from

Site Journalists

Malpas
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Ray McKinnon was the right choice as manager?
Suggested By: Vital Arabs
Yes89%
No11%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Celtic 20 19 1 0 58 40
2 Rangers 21 11 6 4 39 7
3 Aberdeen 20 11 4 5 37 16
4 Hearts 21 8 7 6 31 12
5 St. Johnstone 20 7 7 6 28 1
6 Ross County 21 5 8 8 23 -13
7 Partick 21 5 7 9 22 -5
8 Dundee 21 6 4 11 22 -7
9 Motherwell 20 5 6 9 21 -8
10 Kilmarnock 21 4 8 9 20 -19
11 Hamilton 21 2 11 8 17 -10
12 Inverness 21 3 7 11 16 -14
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Dundee United Results (view all)

Dundee United Fixtures (view all)

Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Dunfermline Athletic (a)
Scottish Championship
Feb 4 2017 5:15PM : Raith Rovers (H)
Scottish Championship
Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : St Mirren (a)
Scottish Championship
Feb 18 2017 5:15PM : Queen of the South (a)
Petrofac Training Cup
Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Morton (H)
Scottish Championship
Feb 28 2017 7:45PM : Falkirk (a)
Scottish Championship
The Vital Football Members League