Groundsman Dave Brown and his team have overseen another summer makeover of the Victoria Park pitch, which will be played on for the first time on Tuesday evening.
Pools welcome North-East neighbours Sunderland to The Vic for their first friendly on home soil and Brown is confident that the players will be happy with the surface they have to perform upon.
With almost 30 years of experience behind him, Brown has gained a big reputation for his consistent level of work on the pitch but he insists that he is always searching for perfection.
“A groundsman is never totally happy with the pitch – there is always room for improvement,” insisted Brown, who admits that you can count on one hand the number of days off he’s had since the end of last season.
“It’s not doing too badly, in fact I would say I am pretty pleased with it but I’m not going to say I am happy because there is always ways for it to improve.”
While many of us cross our fingers for warm and dry summers, Brown is in the line of business which means he’s more than happy when there’s a downpour or two.
Although he’s been happy with the heat we’ve had over the last couple of months, he says that even he has been surprised by the level of rainfall since the end of last term.
“I was pleased to see some rain but in the last couple of weeks there has been too much – even for me!” he laughed.
“It’s been quite warm as well which is obviously helpful for the growth but the heavy rain recently has made it difficult to get out there and do the work we’ve needed to do.
“We all put as many hours in to it as we can to make sure it’s right and it does take a lot of time to get the pitch looking the way it does.”
So, with the white lines down for the first time this summer and football action returning to The Vic, Brown and his ground staff will be looking forward to kick-off as much as the rest of us, won’t they?
“Excited? About people trampling all over my grass? I would prefer it was summer all the time!” he smiled.