Welcome to volume two of my blog paying homage to the football clubs I've visited all over the world and the wonderful people responsible for keeping them going and looking after the stadiums, and in some cases basic grounds.
Since I was a little lad I've been fascinated in football and more so where games are played. With my love of travel and curiosity of the game I wanted to visit as many grounds and see games wherever possible. I was lucky that my Dad also loved the game and spent so much of his spare time taking me to matches. As I got older the boundaries widened owing to my location and increased wages to Europe and indeed the world. The sight of a stand or a floodlight pylon in the distance immediately hightens my senses and eagerness for a closer look.
I hope this site gives you the chance to share in my pleasure and experiences and maybe one day set you on the road to adventure. If you get half as much out of the hobby as I've done I can guarantee some great memories, good friends and stories to pass on to future generations.
Give your local club a go today. They'll be pleased to see you!
Everlasting thanks primarily to my late and very much missed and dearly loved parents; my Dad Bob Bernard and my Mum; Ann, who put up with endless years of football chat and my brothers Nick and Paul who gave me the chance and encouragement to do what I have. Thanks to all my friends who offer encouragement and Sally and Stan who inspire and give me great pride. Young Stan is showing a keen interest in my hobby!
Please feel free to post any comments (please use sensible language - I want everyone to be able to enjoy reading) or ask any questions relating to visiting grounds or events. If you want to see any ground reviewed please let me know. It will take quite some time for everywhere to appear, but make sure you keep having a look as the site is continually updated.
If you click on a lot of the pictures you will get a larger version on your screen.
I have also added links to video clips on youtube where appropriate for those of you who are bored of reading or are filling in time at work. I haven't always gone for the most obvious choices, but items that will be in some cases unusual but always historically interesting.
Click to see volume one of HAOTW.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
|Karl tests out the food as Butch watches on|
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Fortunately I drifted off for much of the journey back before waking near Watford Junction. There was no way I was going to make the same error on my return, as I alighted at Harrow and Wealdstone before heading home for a sleep before work early the following morning.
Friday, September 15, 2017
A single tiered seated stand dominated one side of the pitch, with a decent sized open terrace at the far end. Another single tier of seats with a slight curve away from the half way line occupied the other touchline, with a roof over most of it, while the clubhouse end had a shallow open terrace in front of the club buildings and changing rooms.
Once finished, I continued through the park that offered recreation for all ages along through the park to Fasanenpark station from where I took the S3 service back towards the city to St.-Martin-Straße to visit the home of SpVgg 1906 Haidhausen.
The team negotiated to play their games at the Sportplatz an der Emmeram-Str./Martinstraße home of FC Stern. Players from FC Sparta, FC Fasangarten und FC Deisenhofen joined up to strengthen the first team at SC München von 1906.
In 1929-30 the club won one of the Munich C Class Divisions, before going on to finish as runners-up in the B Class behind champions Fußballabteilung Grünwald.
Once I’d taken my photos I wandered across to the Ostfriedhof tram stop where I jumped upon the number 15 service to Tegernseer Landstraße, where the Grünwalder Stadion was located just across the road.
Seaford Town will play in the Southern Combination Division One in the 2017-18 season.