Written by Stats
News has been received of the very sad death of former Head Groundsman at Kingsmeadow,and Club Vice President, Rob Carrington.
Rob was in charge of the Track & Field Arena for many years until he retired some 4 years ago. He was a most good-natured, affable, likeable professional who took much pride in preparing Kingsmeadow for the many fixtures at the Venue, from Schools and Club fixtures for all ages through to County Championships, BAL Cup Semis/League and Inter-County Representative matches, which all received his due commitment and attention.
Rob enjoyed an apprenticeship at London University’s renowned and widely-used Motspur Park arena, under the watchful eye of the iconic Archie McTaggart, whose capacity for providing just about the fastest and best black cinder tracks in the UK was unsurpassed. Gareth, Gavin and Tony Cook will also recall the learning curves with the Throwing Cage at Motspur, which was just beyond the Finish, outside the track but not exactly ‘a level playing field’, one recalls!
Rob learnt the art of T&F groundsmanship in all its facets there and, though a different variety of skills were required for synthetic tracks, he was well-placed when the Surrey Championships, which had been held at Motspur Park for the best part of three decades, were eventually switched to Kingsmeadow in 1998. The former venue was unable to attract funding for an all-weather track and was sadly lost to the Sport.
The County Championships, and the County Schools, remain at Kingsmeadow, not least because of Rob’s ability to serve up a first class venue but also because of his kindness, unflappability and,particularly, his expertise. Many a Meeting Organiser and plenty of Referees and Chiefs were only too delighted when they heard that Rob was to be on duty at their matches! A fitting tribute, indeed.
In his spare time, Rob supported Tooting & Mitcham FC(well we cannot all support Kingstonian or AFC Wimbledon, or even Burton Albion),but his abiding passion was his fishing. Many a time this writer was regaled over a cuppa at Kingsmeadow about his regular expeditions with fellow angler friends to the River Wye on the Welsh Borders. He was as at home on the riverbank as anywhere.
He has been much missed at Kingsmeadow, both by the Club, the County and County Schools, and, indeed all the local Schools.
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