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JtS
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http://www.reff.org.uk/pages/pitch_finder_ie.asp
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Ah fuck it, the one at the University of London is shut for Easter. I'll work through the web links provided by Jason and 200percent and report back later...
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How much would Wembley cost?
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Battersea Park has a couple of artificial pitches, there's also one at Paddington Rec (close to Maida Vale tube), and there's another under the Westway (The Westway Sports Centre?).

I've also played on a pitch which was round the corner from Caledonian Road tube, which I think is the one 200percent is on about.

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Yes, Joe, that's the one. It's about 100 yards from where I used to live.

I've played on the one under the Westway, too - nice pitches, but I was a tiny bit spooked at how easy it was to hit the underside of the road.

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[surface geek] The Westway is covered with Tiger Turf I'd love to see how well it plays. Apparently the grass is zig-zagged in order to maintain a more consistent level of compaction[/surface geek]
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oh, we have to pick teams, have to. it's a fundamental part of kickabouts like this. don't worry, i'm a veteran of "alright, we'll have him if we can have a goal start" situations. completely desensitised to that kind of mental anguish.

Given that most folk on here don't know one another, it might be quite fun to pick sides now...

[ 14.03.2007, 17:01: Message edited by: TVMP ]

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It certainly played more like real grass, Jason. I could have sworn that it even had something like tiny divots built into it (though I guess it was more likely just age and wear). It was comfortable to dive on wearing shorts, too. Certainly considerably better than the standard Omni/Astro/Whoeverturf that most sports centres have.

[ 14.03.2007, 17:05: Message edited by: 200percent ]

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Haha. That sounds ace actually.
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We're going to need captains first.
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There are some dreadful tarmac 5-a-side pitches under the Westway at Royal Oak. The ones at Westway leisure center are good but expensive and normally booked up. In that end of town we've normally played on the 5-a-side pitches at North Kensington leisure centre, which is very close to the Westway stuff.
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http://www.powerleague.co.uk/location.asp
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There are indeed some really poor pitches there, with very bad lighting sometimes.

If all else fails, I can try the Sobell leisure centre in Finsbury Park. It's indoor, but pretty accessible from everywhere (much more so than Royal Oak).

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I've only played one game all season, and am pretty crap, but I'm in, providing you're not at a venue too far into the arse end of West London Nowheresville.
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I would be up for a kickabout. 5th April should be ok for me, and I work centrally so venue wise I should be ok. Although if it were a regular thing then Thursday nights wouldn't be ideal as that's when I have a kickaround with people from work.

The sunday afternoon on Clapham Common idea also sounds good (as I live in Clapham) and of course you don't have to book in advance or pay anything. Of course that would equally apply to various parks in London, and I'd be prepared to get off my arse and move beyond Clapham if necessary, even if it is sunday. Perhaps a sunday kickaround could be an option for the summer.

Don't expect me to come back and tackle though. I am a mecurial talent, a bit like Matt Le Tissier, and you wouldn't expect him to track back.

[ 14.03.2007, 17:29: Message edited by: ooh aah ]

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