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

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Craigroyston

Craigroyston FC are a Scottish non league club from the capital Edinburgh. The club were formed as recently as 1976 as the manager of Eyemouth United, Rab Melrose had built a side consisting of players mainly from Edinburgh. They reasoned that it would be easier to form their own club and base themselves near to home.



Their club name was decided when they arranged to play their home games at Craigroyston Community Centre. They were soon successful having a good run in the Scottish Qualifying Cup leading to a move to share City Park with Spartans. They remained there until 1998 when they moved into their own home ground at St Mark's Park in the Warriston district of the city.

Craigroyston won promotion from the First Division in 2005-06 as champions, but they were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2007-08 season as a result of financial difficulties. 'Craigie' continued to try to regroup and win promotion back to the higher status under the managership of Ross McNeil, which led to a fifth place finish at the end of the 2011-12 season.












Craigroyston FC will play in the East of Scotland League First Division in the 2013-14 season.


My visit

Tuesday 29th January 2013

Google Maps are a tremendous tool when trying to put together a days groundhopping in a major city, and as with Maryhill in Glasgow a few years previously I came across an unmarked football ground in Edinburgh that needed further research. How we managed before the internet continues to baffle me, as after more reading I found out all about Craigroyston, a club I'd never even heard of before.












I had just been inside the Easter Road home of Hibernian and had taken a good uphill walk across Leith Walk, up McDonald Road near to where the old Powderhall Stadium once stood and into St Mark's Park.

Craigroyston's clubhouse and changing rooms were a few yards just outside the ground adjacent to a kids playground. A path led to the grounds entrance, which was locked but I could see inside to see the basic venue, which consisted of nothing more than a railed off pitch, dug outs and a thick metal railed fence around the arena. As a man was walking an Alsatian inside I didn't want to attract too much attention!












Satisfied that I'd seen another new venue I continued past some allotments and a crematorium up to Ferry Road, ready to visit the decaying former shared home of Craigie's at City Park.






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