Ian Darler, Head Groundsman at Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium for 40 years, looks back on an eventful career in his autobiography, Life’s a Pitch: The Groundsman’s Tale
From an apprenticeship that kindled his love affair with the turf to welcoming the world’s biggest football club to his stadium,
o why Ian is pictured on the book’s front cover in toeless wellies
o the perils of working with high-spirited young footballers
o which manager told him to ignore the pitch and go fishing
o why he spent one day at work just hanging around.
But Ian also talks bravely about the life-threatening incident that plunged him into a very dark place, and sheds light on the reasons why he works tirelessly to raise money for good causes.
Life’s a Pitch is published by sports and special interest publisher G2 Entertainment.
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