The Japanese have developed a new kind of grass, which goes by
the sexy name of "zoysia". It has many advantages over your
English grasses, although without the plastic accoutrements.
Firstly, it grows densely so that the prospect for weeds is
reduced considerably (not appropriate for St. Johnstone or
Kabaddi fields, therefore).
Second, it does not grow tall but stays at a comfortable few
centimetres high. A considerable saving can be made here in
the cost of sharpening mower blades, which could trickle down
to the fans and reduce ticket prices (a bit).
Third, it is quite springy, which will allow our forwards
the opportunity to leap to head magnificently into the
opponent's net. It does not seem to be able to encourage
or improve the crosses, however.
Fourth, it spreads, and does not seed. This prompts the
question of how the first zoysia plant ever came into
existence, but is beyond the scope of this narrative. Clearly,
there is a big advantage here. It does not spread quickly
enough to replace divots by half-time, but will, given a bit of
encouragement and a few years, convert those nasty concrete
terraces into the grassy banks of yesterday.
And in promotion years it will, during the off-season, handily
replace those clumps of grass removed by adoring fans (what do
they do with them?). Obviously, this will be of no advantage to
the guardians of Craven Cottage and Kenilworth Road.
Fifth, and thankfully, finally, when it gets cold, it turns brown.
I'm not sure how this would be a good thing, except that we could
play with a green ball. That would be fun.
Strategic opportunities? Well, points two and three above will allow us to take advantage of
those very few teams who might think they are better than us, e.g
Cambridge. We could ensure that their goalmouth is composed of
ordinary grass, long (for getting your feet tangled up in), and
less springy. The problems foreseen with implementing this
strategy are that we would need to win the toss every time (bent
coins and referees department), and train the "divot-men" to
switch goal-mouth grasses at half-time on their forks, although
the swivelling, rotating pitch idea could well be put into
effect, here. Maybe the Japanese will come up with migrating
zoysia grass soon, which can be trained to switch ends at half-time.