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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

HVV Tubantia (Holland)

HVV Tubantia (Hengelose Voetbal Vereniging Tubantia) is an amateur football club who were formed on the 1st October 1900 in the town of Hengelo in the north east of The Netherlands after initially being called Wilhelmina. The club moved to a ground at Bornsestraat, half way between Hengelo and Borne in 1905.


For several years the club developed and became an important social outlet to the people of the area. In the summer of 1955 the club merged with the professional outfit Twente, keeping the Tubantia name, but competing in professional football. A year later the club joined the second division of Dutch football, competing well and finishing fifth of Division A in the 1964-65 season. The 1966-67 campaign saw the team finished second bottom of the league and reverted to amateur status.

The club suffered from decline over the years in membership, although they could still boast nine junior sides at the lowest point in 1980-81. As a consequence the club made the decision to re-locate, opening a new base at Landmansweg in the north east of the town in 1983.

The move worked as membership gradually grew once again, with many youth teams taking the field in Tubantia colours. On Saturday 25th January 2014 a brand new clubhouse and stand was opened by the honorary president; Peter Leferink.

HVV Tubantia will play in Tweede Klasse Zontag Oost (Second Class Sunday – East) in the 2015-16 season.

My visit

Saturday 18th January 2014

My final visit to a club in the Twente region came following a walk from ACT ’65 along and under the A1 motorway. I thought that I’d worked out a short cut, but the route around the rear of the cemetery was fenced off. Instead it added a few hundred metres to my journey.

Signs at the corner of Sportpark De Bijenkorf displayed plans and images of the new development being completed at the venue. The entrance was found along Verlengde Polluxweg, with the car park leading to the changing rooms.

There were definite signs of work as much of the surface was mud, some where grass was meant to be. The new structure looked as though it would mean the main pitch moving in time. There certainly was one at the front of the building, though the works had rendered them unusable.

I went to take photos of the current main pitch. It was surrounded by hedges and trees on three sides, with the pitch having hard standing around it. A few benches were located along the road side of the ground, with changing rooms behind the near goal.

With my task complete I headed to the Klein Driene bus stop and took the no11 bus back into the town centre, where I got out and had a walk around the market to buy a European plug adaptor and to collect my bag from the excellent Hampshire City Hotel before taking the train to Zwolle for my entertainment for the rest of the day.

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