Swansea groundsman wins top FA award at IOG SALTEX

The Football Association Groundskeeping Awards were handed out at IOG SALTEX last week, with Swansea head groundsman Dan Duffy taking the Football Groundsman of the Year 2009 prize.

Runners up for the IOG Award were Paul Ashcroft of Arsenal FC (Premier League), Joe Aylett of MK Dons FC (Division One), Mike Phillips of Grimsby Town FC (Division Two) and Jim Dawson of Falkirk FC (Scottish leagues).

TV pundit Mark Lawrenson handed out the prizes which recognize excellence in groundsmanship from the Premier down to Step 7 football.

Squires Gate FC groundsman Brian Addison was given a special award in recognition of 50 years service to groundsmanship.

Other winners included British Airways FC's Malcolm Gardner, Cogenhoe Utd's Brian Foley, Dover Athletic's Richard Peters, Colwyn Bay's Elfed Morris, Leamington's Idris Elms and AFC Telford's Mick Conway.


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