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

London

September 2015

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

TSC Eintracht Dortmund (Germany)




TSC Eintracht 1848/1895 Dortmund to give them their full name is a sports club from the city of Dortmund in Germany. It was formed in 1969 through the merger of Turn- und Sportverein Eintracht 1848 Dortmund and the football club, Dortmunder Sports Club 1895.

The club has over 5,500 members and as well as the football club, it has twenty seven other sports sections. The team has performed in various local leagues in the Landesliga Westfalen before falling to the Kreisliga, which is the ninth tier of German football.

TSC Eintracht Dortmund will compete in the Kreisliga A 2 Kreis Dortmund for the 2013-14 season. 



 










My visit

Friday 18th February 2011

I was on my second visit to the city of Dortmund with Carl and Colm and we were in jubilant mood after purchasing some match tickets for the following days clash at the nearby Westfalenstadion between Borussia Dortmund and St Pauli.

My research on Google maps had spotted another venue near to the home of Borussia so I suggested we took an extra ten minutes walk so I could take a few snaps. There was a tram station across the car park and everyone was in good spirits so it was met with little resistance. We walked over a major road and were soon outside the DSC-Stadion an der Flora.


 










There was a red shale practise pitch behind one of the ends with an open gate by it. The pitch was surrounded by a running track. There was banking behind the ends with a few steps of terracing. This continued down the far side. The Main Stand which banked on to Victor-Toyka-Strasse was a large building with a few rows of steps with bench seating in front of large indoor sports facilities and leisure facilities. A covered box protruded at the centre section.



 









We walked along the back of the stand and were tempted to enter the bar and restaurant but resisted to walk across the park to Remydamm tram stop and go back into the city for lunchtime libation.

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