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

Monday, February 10, 2014

SC Helmondia (Holland)

SC Helmondia is an amateur football club formed on October 16th 1916 in the town of Helmond, located between Eindhoven and the German border in the east of The Netherlands.

In 1955 a merger took place with another local club SDW Kolping who had been established in 1927 to become RKSV Helmondia '55. The club competed in the second tier Eerste Divisie for four seasons before being relegated. A runners up place in Tweede Divisie in 1964-65 just failed to win the club promotion.

In 1967 the club separated, with the professional arm becoming Helmond Sport, with the amateur section dropping down to regional football. In 1985 the club changed its name to SC Helmondia '55, before reverting to SC Helmondia in 2001.

SC Helmondia won promotion from the Derde Klasse Zontag Zuid II (Third Class Sunday – South II) at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season by courtesy of a third place finish.

SC Helmondia will play in the Tweede Klasse Zontag Zuid in the 2015-16 season.

My visit

Tuesday 21st January 2014

My final few hours on my epic travels on a long weekend in Holland, gave me the opportunity to visit Helmond from my base in Eindhoven. My intended target was the Eerste Divisie club; Helmond Sport, but to be pleasant surprise I also came across another couple of venues at Sportpark De Braak.

One of these was behind the main entrance to the home of Sport. The SC clubhouse was in the corner of the ground along with the changing rooms. The pitch was surrounded by hard standing and grass and had a fine small seated stand on the half way line on the far side.

As ever, it was good to come across a club I’d no previous knowledge of; especially one who formed a vital part of another larger clubs history.

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