I have been wracking my brain to remember the first astro I ever played on. I certainly remember going to Cardiff for White Knights and stepping on to the brand new Sophia Gardens lurid green astro. We didn't play on it but hit a few balls. Boy was that different! I then remember playing on a pitch in Hackney next to the old Lesney factory and also at Picketts Lock. Both of these are now history. I also joined my current club because they had a new astro. I stood at the top of the slope there one mid week day and told myself that I just had to join that club so that I could play on it. I kind of miss grass but how far have we come since then. Now we complain about substandard Astros which are a light year better than many of the grubby grass pitches we used to play on. I remember redgras, rubber (in South London somewhere) and on one trip down to Torbay - a car park!