After nearly nine months of planning and waiting for them to be installed, having been delayed due to recent covid restrictions, it was great to see the new Scoreboards installed and operating in time for the match against Forest Green Rovers. It was the first time in nearly thirty years that the Abbey Stadium had had a working scoreboard. Not just one working scoreboard, but this time two - at either end of the ground. One above the disabled stand at the North End and one on the face of the Control Box, adjacent to the South Stand.
It was very much a learning exercise for our newly installed scoreboard operators. When the installers left having fitted them, the boards were still in test mode and we didn’t receive the operating instructions until the Friday afternoon before the match. This meant everything had to be re-programmed and re-designed to get them working.
It was a magnificent achievement by everyone involved to get them ready in time for kick off.
However, during the past few weeks a lot more programming has been completed. We have been trying to get the correct fonts and backgrounds ready for today’s match along with organising adverts and visuals to fit the screens.
It may take a little while to get everything working 100 per cent to our satisfaction but with each match, we will see our knowledge grow and improvements and additions will be made as we go along.
One thing we have been told is that in future the clock is not allowed to show more than forty-five minutes for each half. It is probably a good idea because I was a nervous wreck waiting for the final whistle to be blown.
The Scoreboards were organised and paid for by the CUFCLottery. We need to also to thank A R Aspinall & Son for paying for the clocks on them.This has been one of several projects undertaken by the group over the past year during the pandemic. The purchase of the tractor used by the ground team on non-matchdays to prepare the pitch, the provision of the grass seed and the additional hand driers which will be available for use when crowds return.
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