April 29, 2017
The EFL Winners of the Grounds Team of the Season award for 2016/17.
Sky Bet League One Winner is Sheffield United.
Sky Bet League One Highly Commended are Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic.
The awards recognise the importance of the quality of pitches for professional football and acknowledge the clubs and their ground staff who consistently produce the best playing surfaces in the EFL.
In Sky Bet League One, Sheffield United’s ground staff picked up the divisional title for the excellent surface at Bramall Lane. Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic are highly commended.
The award for Grounds Team of the Season in Sky Bet League Two this year is Carlisle United, while the ground staff of Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth are all highly commended.
In the Sky Bet Championship, Aston Villa win the award for producing a perfect pitch at Villa Park this season. Derby County and Newcastle United are both highly commended.
The EFL’s Grounds Team of the Season Awards are determined initially using marks from referees and away managers for each Sky Bet EFL game and are then followed by detailed pitch inspections and a review of management operations.
These visits were carried out by Dr Stephen Baker, Head of Sports Surface Technology at the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI).