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

Monday, February 23, 2015

Home United (Singapore)

Home United FC are a football club from the island state of Singapore who were formed as the Police Sports Association in the mid 1940’s to organise football activities for its officers.

After winning the inaugural Presidents Cup in 1968, SA entered the National League in 1973, quickly winning promotion from Division Three in the process. 1980 was a tremendous year for the club as they lifted the Division Two title as well as the Boggars and President Cups.



In 1985 Police SA were crowned as national champions, which led to them becoming founder members of S. League the following year as Police FC.

In 1996 the club became Home United to reflect that fact that the team represented not only the Singapore Police Force, but also other Home Team Departments of the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs such as the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.



‘The Protectors’ soon established themselves as a major force in Singapore football from their Bishan Stadium home ground. The S. League was won in 1999, before the Singapore Cup was paraded in the clubs trophy cabinet in 2000 and 2001. In 2003 the League and Cup double was completed.

The national cup was an obvious favourite to United as they lifted it again in 2005, 2011 and 2013. Home ended the 2014 league campaign in fourth place under former South Korean international Lee Lim-Saeng.



Home United FC will play in the S. League in the 2015 season.


My visit

Wednesday 29th October 2014

It was a scorching morning in Singapore as I meandered around the island looking to visit the six clubs whose home grounds I wouldn’t catch a fixture on throughout the week.

After calling in at the home of Balestier Khalsa I elected to catch a bus from Toa Payoh Interchange rather than taking a train and then a long walk. The bus dropped me within a couple of hundred yards, just the other side of Bishan Road.



It didn’t look good for me getting inside if truth be told, and that would have been a real shame as it looked a magnificent stadium, close to the rail depot. I took some shots from outside over hedges and through fencing just in case, but eventually I found myself in near the Sports Centre.

The Main Stand was a tremendous structure with its seating deck towering over the athletics track. The far side had some open seating, with a couple of sections behind each curve. The view from the top of the stand was first class and negated any possible poor views caused by the track.



At the rear stood an impressive sports centre, with Home United’s offices and clubhouse as part of it. Over the road was a pristine swimming complex. Singapore was quickly teaching me the how community sports facilities should be. It offered me hope that Scarborough were going the right way forward with the Weaponness Sports Village development.

Despite the heat I walked past the newish small shopping mall to Bishan station ready for my next long train ride; this time in the direction of Yew Tee and Warriors FC.





Unfortunately owing to an IT disaster on my return to the UK, I lost the majority of my pictures from Singapore, so several images on this page have been downloaded from the internet.







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