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.

Rob Bernard


September 2015

Monday, February 14, 2011

2. List of Groundhopping Days Out

The following list is of days out when I've planned the day specially around visiting several different grounds. The dates are as accurate as possible.

The club names are as they were at the time, and the grounds in brackets generally indicate a ground that the club no longer use.

London: Sunday 15th January 1984

Harrow Borough, Hayes, Hounslow Borough, Feltham, Kingstonian (Richmond Road)

London: February 1984

Woodford Town, Walthamstow Avenue, Leytonstone/Ilford, Clapton, Hornchurch, Dagenham, Edgware

London: April 1984

Charlton Athletic, Erith & Belvedere (Park View Road), Welling United, Bromley, Carshalton Athletic, Tooting & Mitcham United (Sandy Lane), Sutton United, Finchley, Barnet

Cheshire: Saturday 1st November 1986

Stockport County, Northwich Victoria (Drill Field), Witton Albion (Central Ground), Chester City (Sealand Road)

London: Saturday 15th May 1999

Wembley, Kingsbury Town, Ruislip Manor

Middlesex: Wednesday 6th April 2005

Amersham Town, Hillingdon Borough, Harefield United, Uxbridge

Middlesex, Surrey & South West London: Tuesday 6th September 2006

Hampton & Richmond Borough, Metropolitan Police, Molesey, Walton Casuals, Walton & Hersham, Chertsey Town, Egham Town, Staines Town, Ashford Town (Middlesex), Bedfont Town

South/East London: Wednesday 4th October 2006

Thamesmead Town, Erith Town, Slade Green, VCD Athletic, Welling United/Erith & Belvedere, Greenwich Borough, Sporting Bengal United/Bethnal Green United (Mile End Stadium), Clapton

North London: Thursday 12th October 2006

Kingsbury London Tigers, Edgware Town, Boreham Wood, Barnet, Wingate Finchley

West London: Friday 20th October 2006

Yeading, Hayes, North Greenford United, Harrow Borough, Hanwell Town

Surrey & South West London: Friday 3rd November 2006

Dorking, Leatherhead, Chessington & Hook United, Corinthian Casuals, Kingstonian/AFC Wimbledon (Kingsmeadow Stadium), Raynes Park Vale, Colliers Wood United

North London: Sunday 5th November 2006

Cockfosters, Enfield Town/Brimsdown Rovers, Haringey Borough, Arsenal (Highbury and Emirates Stadium)

South London: Thursday 16th November 2006

Banstead Athletic/Epsom & Ewell, Sutton United, Carshalton Athletic, Tooting & Mitcham United (Imperial Fields), Croydon Athletic

Bangkok: Tuesday 3rd April 2007

Rajamangala, Thai Japanese, Chula University, National Stadium, Thetatsapin

Essex and East London: Wednesday 26th September 2007

Barking, Ilford (Cricklefield Stadium), Romford (Rush Green Road), Dagenham & Redbridge, Thurrock, Aveley, AFC Hornchurch, Colliers Row (Sungate), Barkingside/Redbridge, Leyton Orient, Leyton, Waltham Forest (Wadham Lodge)

South London: Thursday 22nd November 2007

Bromley, Beckenham Town, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Whyteleafe

Sussex: Friday 30th November 2007

Southwick, Shoreham, Lancing, Worthing, East Preston, Littlehampton Town

Sussex: Tuesday 12th December 2007

Lewes, Eastbourne United, Eastbourne Town, Eastbourne Borough, Bexhill Town, Hastings United, Stamco

Sussex: Saturday 22nd December 2007

Three Bridges, Crawley Town, Horsham YMCA, Horsham (Queen Street)

Sussex: Wednesday 5th March 2008

Arundel, Bognor Regis Town, Chichester City (Church Road), Havant & Waterlooville, Portsmouth, United Services Portsmouth

West Yorkshire: Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th September 2008

Day 1
Wakefield, Pontefract Collieries, Glasshoughton Welfare

Day 2
Bradford Park Avenue, Halifax Town, Bradford City, Eccleshill United, Thackley, Guiseley

Northumberland, Tyneside and the North East: Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd October 2008

Day 1
Whitley Bay, Blyth Spartans, Bedlington Terriers, Newcastle Blue Star (Wheatsheaf Ground and Kingston Park), Dunston Federation, Gateshead, Hebburn Town, South Shields, North Shields

Day 2
West Allotment Celtic, Team Northumbria, Newcastle Benfield, Newcastle United, Esh Winning

Bedfordshire: Tuesday 23rd June 2009

Bedford Town, Bedford, Harpenden Town, St Albans City

Essex: Tuesday 14th July 2009

Grays Athletic, Concord Rangers, Canvey Island, Southend United, Southend Manor

Hertfordshire: Wednesday 22nd July 2009

Potters Bar Town, London Colney, Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead Town

Hertfordshire: Monday 10th August 2009

Hitchin Town, Welwyn Garden City, Hertford Town, Ware, St Margaretsbury, Hoddesden Town, Broxbourne Borough V&E/Enfield

Notts: Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September 2009

Day 1
Arnold Town, Gedling Miners Welfare, Carlton Town, Long Eaton united

Day 2
Ilkeston Town, Kimberley Town, Eastwood Town, Hucknall Town, Radford, Greenwood Meadows, Dunkirk, Radcliffe Olympic

Glasgow and District: Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th January 2010

Day 1
Motherwell, Bellshill Athletic, Cambuslang Rangers, Blantyre Victoria, Hamilton Academical

Day 2
Partick Thistle, Maryhill, Dumbarton, Airdrie United, Albion Rovers, Petershill, Ashfield, Celtic

Day 3
St Mirren (St Mirren Park & Love Street), Rangers, Benburb, Arthurlie, Pollock, Queen’s Park, Third Lanark

Northern Ireland: Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd February 2010

Day 1
Cliftonville, Linfield

Day 2
Portadown, Glenavon, Lisburn Distillery, Derriaghy CC, Bangor, Crusaders, Glentoran

North Lincs 9th/10th July 2010

Day 1
Scunthorpe United, Grimsby Borough, Grimsby Town, Brigg Town

Day 2
Winterton Rangers, Barton Town Old Boys

Kent: Friday 16th July 2010

Ramsgate, Margate, Herne Bay, Whitstable Town, Faversham Town, Sittingbourne, Gillingham, Ebbsfleet United, Dartford

Greater Manchester: Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st July 2010

Day 1
Stockport County, Cheadle Town, Altrincham, Woodley Sports, Abbey Hey, Hyde, Glossop North End

Day 2
Rochdale Town, Rochdale, Oldham Athletic, Chadderton, Oldham Boro, Curzon Ashton, Ashton United, Mossley, Irlam, Flixton, Trafford

Day 3
Atherton Laburnum Rovers, Atherton Collieries, Salford City, Radcliffe Borough, Ramsbottom United, Bury, Maine Road

Dublin: Thursday 14th &  Friday 15th October 2010

Day 1
Aviva Stadium, UCD, Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick's Athletic

Day 2
Shelbourne, Drumcondra, Home Farm, Sporting Fingal, Croke Park, Bohemian

East Lancashire: Wednesday 14th September 2011

Nelson, Colne, Burnley, Padiham, Blackburn Rovers, Darwen, Manchester City

Fylde: Wednesday 1st February 2012

Blackpool Wren Rovers, Squires Gate, AFC Blackpool, Fleetwood Town

Hampshire & Surrey: Wednesday 20th June 2012

Fleet Town, Cove, Farnborough Town, Woking, Westfields

Germany: Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th October 2012

Day 1

SC Fortuna Köln, FC Viktoria Köln 1904, TuS Köln rrh, TuRU Düsseldorf, 1. FC Köln

Day 2

KFC Uerdingen 05, FC Schalke 04

Day 3

USC Paloma, FC St. Pauli

Day 4

SC Victoria Hamburg, FC Teutonia 05, Altona 93, Hamburger SV

West of Scotland: Sunday 29th & Monday 30th September 2013

Day 1

Kilbirnie Ladeside, Ardrossan Winton Rovers, Saltcoats Victoria, Ardeer Thistle, Irvine Meadow XI, Troon

Day 2

Beith, Dalry Thistle, Johnston Burgh, Vale of Clyde, Shettleston, Yoker Athletic, Vale of Leven, Hamilton Crescent, St Mirren

Holland: Saturday-Tuesday 18th to 21st January 2014

Day 1
vv Rigtersbleek, cvv Sparta Enschede, VOSTA, ATC’65, HVV Tubantia, WEC Wezep, PEC Zwolle

Day 2
SCH, SV Blauw Wit, Quick 1888, NEC, VV Alverna

Day 3
VV Germania, Achilles’29, De Treffers, RKSV UDI’19, SV Orion, sv Blauw Geel’38, FC Eindhoven, PSV

Day 4

SC Helmondia, Helmond Sport, SC Oranje Zwart Helmond, VV UNA, RKVV Brabantia

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