Cloughie’s Groundsman Goes Back to School

Bob Smith, a former head groundsman at Derby County’s Baseball Ground, who prepared the pitch during the Rams’ glory years of the 1970s, recently returned to his former school, our Southgate base, to thank staff for cultivating his love of gardening.

Bob started working at the Baseball Ground in 1967, the same year that managerial duo Peter Taylor and Brian Clough took the helm. On his return to Southgate Bob gave a talk to the students about his career and also took a tour of the building.

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B SmithBob Smith, centre, in the late 1960s clearing snow from the pitch. Right: Bob, centre, with Rams players Dave Webb and Roy McFarland.