Arsenal’s head groundsman announces departure from club

33

Arsenal’s head groundsman, Reece Watson, has announced his intention to depart the club after more than a decade.

In a statement via his Instagram account, he said:

After 13 years at the club, I have decided to move on to the next chapter. I will leave my position in February to start a new and innovative company which will approach things differently and I’m confident will have a great impact on our industry.

I would like to thank Arsenal FC for the amazing opportunities they have provided me, for which I will be forever grateful. I leave behind a fantastic team and indeed some of my closest friends, all of whom have had such a positive influence on my life.

The playing surface at the Emirates is considered one of the best in Europe, and Watson follows former colleague Paul Burgess who left London to become head groundsman at Real Madrid some years ago.

Hopefully he’ll have success in his new venture, and no doubt the many friends he’s made at Arsenal down the years will ensure he never feels alawn. Leaving a job you’ve been at many years is often a turf decision to make, but he must have thought ‘Sod it, I always seed I was going to give this thing a try’, so best of luck to him.

They say life’s a pitch and then you rye, but we’re sure he’s got a well manicured future ahead of him.

#notevensorry

guest
33 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Peter
Peter
1 year ago

Tough to squeeze so many grass jokes in. Well blade.

Pedant
Pedant
1 year ago

Jokes were a bit weedy.

Good luck to him in the future, great playing surface year after year.

Bernie Brown
Bernie Brown
1 year ago
Reply to  Pedant

They should sack him (or at least put him on gardening leave)

Russ
Russ
1 year ago

I nearly soiled myself reading those…

yen
yen
1 year ago

Let´s hope the grass will be as green for him on the other side.

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum
1 year ago
Reply to  yen

I just hope he gets the celery his hard work deserves

Theo the friendly ghost
Theo the friendly ghost
1 year ago
Reply to  Damo Dinkum

Best one so far! I’m sure he can fescue plenty more bad pitches in his career.

Tapps
Tapps
1 year ago

We should have been garden against this situation occurring.

Rambling Pete
Rambling Pete
1 year ago

Many people underestimate the importance of a good surface. You wouldn’t play lawn bowls on a mud heap so football’s late acknowledgement of the benefits of a good pitch was always something of a surprise. I remember the ploughed fields of the 70s and 80s where it looked more more like the players were being sent out to re-enact the Second Battle of Ypres than play a game of football. I remember saying to my chum Gibson Gibson, whose parents thought they were very funny people but caused him all manner of strife down the years, that if you were… Read more »

Pedant
Pedant
1 year ago
Reply to  Rambling Pete

Brilliant as ever.

How do you get that done in 20 minutes?

Pakgooner
Pakgooner
1 year ago
Reply to  Rambling Pete

I spat my coffee out in the computer lab when I read “went right down his chocolate canal”. Rambling Pete is the best

David C
David C
1 year ago
Reply to  Rambling Pete

Grassias, amigo!

A Different George
A Different George
1 year ago
Reply to  Rambling Pete

I think I smell gunpowder whenever I see a post from Pete.

GoonerN16
GoonerN16
1 year ago
Reply to  Rambling Pete

@ramblig pete. So glad Gibson survived the arsenal canal trauma. I hope he farts infrequently.

Russ
Russ
1 year ago

All sounds a bit seedy to me

Gooneron
Gooneron
1 year ago

At least he leaves the grass as green as it gets

Chrispy
Chrispy
1 year ago

I heard he wasn’t well liked at the club. Some say he was a bit of a grass.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight
1 year ago

I wonder if he’s getting a betting salary in his new job. Good for him if so. Mind you, you know what they say: mow money, mow problems.

DB’s first touch
DB’s first touch
1 year ago

Sounds like this Watson fella is chasing more greenbacks…his move may yet see us get the rub of the green if we get someone better as his replacement

Kevinm8128
Kevinm8128
1 year ago

There’s been a lot of change at the club lately, but this departure could leave us feeling particularly for-lawn.

Georgeycharles
Georgeycharles
1 year ago

Bad news – a real pain in the grass

Georgeycharles
Georgeycharles
1 year ago
Reply to  Georgeycharles

At least he’s not joining Manchester Seedy

Kevinm8128
Kevinm8128
1 year ago
Reply to  Georgeycharles

I’ve heard he’s joining Grasshoppers

Man Manny
Man Manny
1 year ago
Reply to  Georgeycharles

He may be gone to pastures new
But his roots remain here.

Matt Shelton
Matt Shelton
1 year ago

time for a fresh roll in life

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil
1 year ago

Some dirty jokes we got here!

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner
1 year ago

So that’s the “Crucial behind the scenes man”….
Cheers #DailyExpress

Ringoxiii
Ringoxiii
1 year ago

I think these jokes are starting to peater out…

Francesc
Francesc
1 year ago

That grass always seemed softer and smoother than my girlfriend’s skin

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner
1 year ago

Typical Arsenal, letting someone run down their contract and letting them go for free. Who next – the ball inflator? When will it end?
(No, I’m not being serious).

David C
David C
1 year ago
Reply to  Canuck Gunner

haha, that’s great!

Canuck Gunner, where you from? I’m from Toronto. Good year for the Leafs too 🙂

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner
1 year ago
Reply to  David C

I’m on the west coast. Grew up in Vancouver but now live in Victoria. So have a rather strong animosity to the Leafs as a result of being a Canuck supporter in my youth. But no longer have the passion for hockey.

Mpls
Mpls
1 year ago

The club had better thatch a plan quickly for his replacement. I hope Emery gets a chance to overseed the selections.