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Council defends contractor’s wobbly football pitch lines on his first day at work

He had one job! Council defends contractor’s wobbly football pitch lines on his first day at work saying: ‘Everyone has to start somewhere’

  • Football pitch was ruined after a bungling council worker painted wonky lines
  • He ruined a football pitch in Birmingham on what was his first day on the job
  • Pictures show a wiggly halfway line, a wonky centre circle and a dodgy corner
  • Solihull Council admitted it was a new employee who had painted the lines, which are now being redone  

A football pitch was ruined after a bungling council worker on his first day on the job painted wonky white lines across the turf.

The contractor has been ridiculed online after photographs of the Sunday League playing surface in Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, were posted on social media.

The worker involved has been defended by his bosses at the local council, who said it was his first time using the equipment adding: ‘everyone has to start somewhere!’.

Local resident Tom Payne tweeted Solihull Council with a series of four pictures showing the mess made on his local football field.

The first image shows a corner flag that appeared to have been run over at a wide angle. Others show the halfway line wiggling off a straight path and the centre circle being far from a perfect curve.

The football pitch in Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, was ruined after a bungling council worker on his first day on the job painted wonky white lines across the turf

Local resident Tom Payne tweeted Solihull Council with a series of four pictures showing the mess made on his local football field

Local resident Tom Payne tweeted Solihull Council with a series of four pictures showing the mess made on his local football field

After the balls-up yesterday contractor Amey was enlisted to straighten out the issue. Workers were seen scrubbing the wonky lines out with a brush and repainting them.

One said: ‘It was the poor lad’s first time. I always say ‘if you’re not sure, then just ask’ – but he carried on nonetheless. 

‘They’ve got me back to straighten it out. In half an hour we’ll have it looking like Wembley.’

One reply to the Tweet jokingly suggested that the contractors were also ‘in charge of the offside lines for VAR’ and another added: ‘Was that after a liquid lunch?’

Photographs show the halfway line wiggling off a straight path and the centre circle being far from a perfect curve

Photographs show the halfway line wiggling off a straight path and the centre circle being far from a perfect curve

After the balls-up yesterday contractor Amey was enlisted to straighten out the issue

After the balls-up yesterday contractor Amey was enlisted to straighten out the issue

Another said: ‘I’m going to sound like an old fogey now (which I probably am) but what happened to people giving a sh*t about the work they do?’ 

One added: ‘Probably some passion and dedication to the job will do. Tarnish council contractors with the same brush with stuff like this. That’s a p*ss poor effort.’

And another replied: ‘If they are genuine pictures then the contractor should be taken off the job.

‘It’s near on impossible to get lines perfectly str8 without restringing or laser especially as pitch are not like carpets but that shows absolutely no care wotsoever (sic)’

The contractor has been ridiculed online after photographs of the Sunday League playing surface in Chemsley Wood, Birmingham, were posted on social media.

The contractor has been ridiculed online after photographs of the Sunday League playing surface in Chemsley Wood, Birmingham, were posted on social media.

Solihull council's reponse to the images of the pitch posted on social media

Solihull council’s reponse to the images of the pitch posted on social media

Solihull Council admitted that it was a new employee who had been left to do half the pitch on their own before their colleague ‘quickly realised it wasn’t their forte’ and promised the lines will be re-done.

In their reply to Tom’s initial tweet, Solihull Council said: ‘Oof, that doesn’t look good! We’ve contacted our contractors and suggested they might need to have a look at the state of these lines* Thanks for letting us know!’

A spokesperson for Solihull Council said today: ‘This was the result of someone who had just been trained to use the equipment having their first go – turns out it’s not as easy as you might think!

‘Their colleague left them to do half of the pitch while they did the other, then quickly realised it wasn’t their forte!

‘Everyone has to start somewhere. The lines were removed yesterday and are being redrawn this morning by our experienced contractors.’ 

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