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17 pictures of Sunday League pitches that will send shivers down your spine

Over £1billion was spent by Premier League clubs in the transfer window.

So why do we have to put up with these grassroots pitches?

Yes, a bit of mud and the odd lake in the penalty area is part and parcel of the Sunday League game.

But is it any wonder that participation is growing when these 17 sights are familiar to anybody who has played grassroots football?

1 Manual labour

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2 Not sure if penalty spot or ant hill?

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3 Manual labour mark II

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4 Soggy

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5 Very soggy

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6 Horrible task in winter

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7 Bring your snorkel keeper

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8 No words

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9 Duck pond

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10 Sticky

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11 Free-flowing football? Unlikely

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12 There’s a goal in the Thames?

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13 Hug the touchline

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14 Chilly

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15 Grazes all round

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16 Hurricane conditions

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17 And finally, this was actually Blackpool’s pitch earlier this season…

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