Paul Burgess: The man who makes the world’s best pitches

My chat with Paul Burgess was ground-breaking, if you’ll pardon the pun, for the Big Interview. Paul isn’t a player or a coach, but one of the world’s leading groundsmen.

In this bonus edition, we hear about how a humble work experience start at his home town’s Blackpool FC led to years spent in charge of the pitches at Arsenal and Real Madrid. Paul has never had a match postponed due to the surface under his watch.

You’ll hear about how Robert Pirès’ performances in season 2001/02 were the best Paul has ever seen, how he got the pitch to be Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles’ twelfth man, and the battle he endured to get buy-in to his cutting-edge techniques when he went to ply his trade at the Bernabéu.

Enjoy seeing football from a different angle in this special Big Interview.


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