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.
Monday, April 22, 2013
JW Rangsit (Thailand)
RSU FC is a football club based in Pathum Thani on the northern extremes of Bangkok in Thailand. The club were formed as Rangsit University, where they are based, in 2009 when they became members of the Regional League Bangkok Area.
The 2010 season ended in promotion as the club became JW Rangsit following a deal with the JW Real Estate Group when Prachinburi FC were defeated in the play offs. The following campaign saw Rangsit consolidate their place as they moved to Thupatemee Stadium to share with Air Force United.
Unfortunately another move was needed towards the end of the campaign as Thupatemee was hit by the disastrous floods in November. Rangsit played out the season at Nakhon Nayok Military School. They remained there before heading to the Queen Sirikit Sport Stadium for the second half of the 2012 season.
The 2012 season ended in relegation back to the third tier Regional League; this time in the Central East Region. For the new campaign Rangsit returned to play their home games at their original university home.
The club changed its name to RSU FC sometime after this, although they are also known as Rangsit University.
RSU FC will play in the Thai Regional League Bangkok Area for the 2016 season.
Wednesday 27th March 2013
My day away from the early touring life with my cricketing pals was going well. I had already visited two stadiums and was now really getting into the mood despite the soaring temperatures that even had the locals struggling.
However, I was soon to hit frustration in the way of a Bangkok taxi driver. Now I admit my Thai isn't the best, but with the aid of large print copies of Google maps, I thought that finding a well known university campus would be easy enough. Sadly I was to be proved wrong.
My driver seemed anxious, almost as if he didn't want the fare. That was fine as far as I was concerned, as long as he let me know. Instead we crawled along past Don Muang Airport before he stopped and asked for directions. In the end I paid him up and went in search of another cab, which soon arrived.
This time my new pilot made no mistake and soon had me by the campus entrance, just as many students were calling it a day. I did my usual act of smiling at the guards while continuing to walk. I could see my target and I didn't want to be denied.
As it turned out the venue was a bit of a disappointment. It had a shale track around it and a small raised Main Stand on the half way line. Apart from that there were no other structures apart from the floodlight pylons. It was like a smaller version of Kasetsart University.
I did the necessary with my camera before heading back through the gate, following the rather attractive students as I went. I was soon in another taxi heading to the home of Bangkok Glass.