Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Club's Pitch Targeted by 'Silly' Thieves

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Club's Pitch Targeted by 'Silly' Thieves

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Byline: Kate Proctor Reporter kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk

ADISGRUNTLED fan has committed the "silliest" crime in non-league football, a club chairman claims.

The pitch at Blyth Spartans AFC in Northumberland has had its penalty and centre spots dug out, leaving gaping holes in the turf.

Tony Platten, club chairman, said the bizarre crime at Croft Park stadium at Plessey Road was either a prank or the work of someone who must have a grudge against the club. He said: "We've had people's ashes dispersed on the pitch and people get married and have their blessings on the pitch, but never anything as silly as this.

"We have had a couple of break-ins and minor pilfering but nothing as illogical as taking the centre circle. This is just the sort of crazy thing that happens in non-league football."

Mr Platten said the club's groundsman discovered the holes on Sunday morning when he went to inspect the pitch after the club's first home defeat since October to Buxton Spartans. …

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