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Villa's groundsman has cause for celebration

Jonathan Calderwood, Aston Villa's head groundsman, has scooped an Institute of Groundsmanship accolade, which is the industry's equivalent of a players' player award. Calderwood has been at Villa since 2002 after previously tending the pitches at the old Wembley stadium and Wolves' Molineux ground.

"There are two awards," the 31-year-old Irishman told the Birmingham Mail.

"There's a Premier League award. I came runner-up in that in the summer. Arsenal won it.

"This one here is the Institute of Groundsmanship, it's the IOG.

"It's like a players' player of the year, except for groundsmen. It's open to all the clubs in the league," he added.

"I'm in charge of Villa Park and Bodymoor Heath.

"We are responsible for 13 pitches in total. The other one is more of a pitch award, this one is more personal.

''It's about what you as a groundsman do overall," Calderwood said.

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