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Carrick Rangers' drainage problem is an own goal by club

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Published 13/01/2016

It is astonishing that a club in the Premier League of Northern Ireland football has been unable to play a game on its home pitch since October 31.

Carrick Rangers have had to go to extraordinary lengths to rearrange games - aided, in fairness, by the other clubs and league officials - in order to fulfil fixtures.

The club's ground had a known drainage problem, which was exacerbated by the recent record rainfall. Why this matter was not rectified earlier is puzzling. Frustratingly, an artificial pitch is available next door to the team's ground but cannot be used. Everyone, it seems, can play football in Carrickfergus except the town's best team.

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