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

Sunday, November 4, 2012

TuS Köln rrh (Germany)

TuS Köln rrh are a sports club as part of a college from the city of Cologne in Germany. The club were formed in 1874 and have sections for tennis, fitness and gymnastics, karate, rugby, swimming and athletics as well as football.

The football section has teams for men and women of all ages and abilities, with the womens team giving the club the most prominence, joining ranks with Bayer Leverkusen in 2008. 

TuS Köln rrh will compete in Koln Kreisliga C in the 2013-14 season.

My visit

Friday 26th October 2012

I was in Germany on the first of four days of football and socialising and was starting my adventures on the banks of the Rhine in the city of Cologne. I had already visited the home of Fortuna Koln and then Viktoria Koln. It was as I was leaving their Flugafen Stadion that my attention was drawn to a venue across the lane.

I went past an impressive looking clubhouse when the TuS-Anlage Sportpark Höhenberg  arena opened up in front of me. It was basically a running track with dug outs on the far side, with a couple of steps of terracing down the home straight, backed with a few park benches, and a cinder surfaced pitch behind.

After taking my photos I headed back over down the lane to Frankfurter Strasse to catch a tram, which I alighted early from and ended up outside Koln Arena and catching a train to the Hauptbanhof from Messe station.

On my return to London I attempted to find out as many details as the official website offered, as well as a Portuguese written entry for Wikipedia! 

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