Head Groundsman Dale Frith claims accolade in League TwoFleetwood Town are delighted to announce that Head Groundsman Dale Frith has won the League Two Groundsman of the Year award.
The news was confirmed to Fleetwood Town on Friday morning, as the Cod Army beat off stiff competition from Hartlepool United and Plymouth Argyle for the accolade.
Dale and his staff have worked tirelessly over the course of the season to keep the pitch in supreme condition.
Speaking to the club's official website, Dale said: "I am over the moon we have won the award. All the ground staff here at Fleetwood have put in a lot of hard work during the course of the season.
"It is nice to get some recognition for the work that we do and a reward for a lot of walking!
"We received a visit from a leading expert in the turf industry and he judged ours to be the best in League Two."
In the Championship, Middlesbrough's Tony Bell has been named the best groundsman while Bolton Wanderers' Richard Norton was highly commended for a second successive year. Dave Butler of Queens Park Rangers was also highly commended.
League 1's best groundsman award has been given to Preston North End's Peter Ashworth for his work at Deepdale. Craig Richardson and David Fellowes, of Bristol City and Rotherham United respectively, were highly commended for the award.
Fellowes' commendation was also his second in as many years.
League 2's top prize was handed to our very own Dale Frith. Hartlepool United's David Brown and Plymouth Argyle's Billy White were highly commended.
Well done to Dale and his team!