Photo tour — St. George’s Park, England

By |  August 16, 2013
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Got to start off big — here’s a photo of Alan and his royal highness, Prince William, planting a ceremonial tree together at St. George’s. Alan has an amazing story from that day, which I won’t even try to tell here. I’ll just tell you it involves a helicopter. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Here are some of the details, from the plaque in front of the tree. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Alan and, as he calls it, the most important tree on the property. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Here’s their artificial indoor pitch. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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A shot of their weight room. It looks out on to the main field. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Same shot, looking the other direction. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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A lot of historical England jerseys and what not spread around the facility. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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A close-up of the main pitch, which has Desso GrassMaster artificial turf weaved into it. For more on Desso, visit http://www.dessosports.com/hybrid-grass Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Alan showing me the Desso up close. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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In the main entrance, they have this three-story wall filled with all the Umbro jerseys ever made. They’re going to change this out soon, I’m told, because Nike is doing away with the Umbro brand. (I remember wearing Umbro as a kid playing soccer… I loved that brand! Why get rid of it, Nike?) Photo: Golfdom Staff

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This sign is at pretty much every pitch at St. George’s. I like it! Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Another shot of the Umbro jerseys. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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The man of the hour — Scottsman Alan Ferguson, head groundskeeper at St. George’s, and one of the nicest gentlemen you’ll ever meet. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Locker room. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Punching one of the fields. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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One of the 12 pitches at St. George’s. They all are named after famous English soccer players. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Some blind soccer players in action. The ball has a bell in it. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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The main pitch at St. George’s, made to be a carbon copy of the field at Wembley Stadium. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Alan and his better half, Carol, who is also is executive assistant. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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Another shot of the locker room. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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I don’t know if this shot will turn out… it’s a model of the St. George’s. In the area in the foreground, there are plans to add a 9-hole golf course. Photo: Golfdom Staff

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That’s a wrap! Game on. Photo: Golfdom Staff

For more on St. George’s Park, visit http://www.thefa.com/st-georges-park

And don’t forget to watch our video interview with Alan here: https://www.golfdom.com/englands-national-pride/

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