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.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The 61 FC (Luton)
The 61 FC (Luton) are a non league football club based in Luton, Bedfordshire who were formed in 1961. After several years of playing local league football, 61 joined the Hellenic League in 1972, before transferring to the South Midlands League a year later.
In 1997 the club became founder members of Spartan South Midlands League Senior Division, but were relegated a year later. They won promotion once more in 2001 to the league that was now called Division One. However, they were demoted in 2004 on a ground grading issue owing to the lack of facilities at their Kingsway Recreation Ground.
The 61 FC (Luton) will compete in the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two in the 2013-14 season.
Thursday 26th July 2012
I had the day off work and was on my way to meet my pal Gary Griffiths for tea before taking in that evenings Bedfordshire Premier Cup clash between Dunstable Town and Luton Town. I had just called in at Kenilworth Road to grab some photos of the ground for their page on this blog.
The sun was beaming down, so I took the opportunity to follow the roads down to see the Kingsway ground. I went past the easiest way to get in and ended up walking up Beverley Road where I came across an entrance.
The ground looked beautiful in the sun, but it was soon obvious as to how they struggled with ground grading as it wasn't secured and anybody could walk inside. The pitch was surrounded by a post and rail fence. There were two dug outs and a slope down to the houses on the Connaught Road side. The Kingsway End had a playground behind the goal, where young Asians including some in bhurkas were having an impromptu game of football. The Dunstable Road side sloped down to the pitch, with a couple of park benches near the entrace from the road. In the corner further down were the changing rooms and a small cover for spectators with a training floodlight on top.
I left, pleased that I had made the effort to have a look, but annoyed the bus to Luton went straight past a former Spartan South Midlands League ground, the home of Luton Old Boys FC.
Still, you can't do it all in one day!