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Good luck Groundsman Greg!

4 March 2014

Over 12 years with the Royals

Reading Football Club would like to wish the best of luck to departing Head Groundsman Greg Bolton, as he leaves the Royals after 12-and-a-half years of service.

Greg began working for the Club back in 2001 straight after completing his GCSEs, before being appointing Head Groundsman two years ago.

Speaking to on his final day at Reading, shortly after staff members gathered to present him with farewell gifts (including the cake below), Greg reflected:

"I came straight from school, did my GCSEs and about three months later I started as an apprentice. And ever since, I've worked my way up.

"I think promotion to the Premier League that first time around was my highlight - there's an added importance because I'm a fan.

"Before I started to work here I was a season ticket holder, so there's always been an emotional attachment.

"It gives you a massive buzz seeing the pitch in good condition, it's really nice that you can step back on a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning and be really proud of what we've set out for them to play on."

The likable man is leaving to work for Fulham Football Club's Craven Cottage as Head Groundsman, and Greg admitted it was a difficult decision to make.

"My fellow staff members have been absolutely instrumental in what we've done," he added. "Everyone has bought into my way of thinking and how I do things.

"I'm leaving behind a good team. Adam Grantham from the training ground is going to be overseeing both sites now.

"Everything that we've achieved on the pitch wouldn't be possible without the two guys I work with - including Dom Murray and Sean O'Brien. They work tirelessly, through rain, sunshine, snow or whatever it is.

"It wasn't an easy decision to make, I've got a lot of ties here. I know everyone here, I know everything about the club, what happens and why it happens. So to go from that to something alien is going to be different, it's going to be a fresh challenge!"

The Royals wish Greg all the best with his new role at the Cottagers, and also good luck the Adam Grantham and the rest of the team with the Royals!

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