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 23, 2015

Tanjong Pagar United (Singapore)

Tanjong Pagar United FC are a football club from Singapore who were formed in 1975 as Tiong Bahru Constituency Sports Club. The club won the National League in 1983 and 1987 following successive promotions up the leagues in 1978 and 1979.

The Presidents Cup was added to the trophy cabinet in 1982 to their league accolades and once again in 1987 to complete the ‘double’. The Singapore Cup was lifted in 1994, with the club changing its name to Tiong Bahru United FC to compete in the new S. League as they moved into Queenstown Stadium.

In 1998 the club took up the title of Tanjong Pagar United. After finishing in last place in the S. League of 2004 the club left the league to play second tier National League football.

However, ‘The Jaguars’ regrouped and reclaimed their S. League place for the 2011 campaign. The team hardly set the league alight with several low finishes. After ending the 2014 season in ninth spot under French coach Patrick Vallée, United departed the premier league once again.

Tanjong Pagar United FC will play in the Singapore National League in the 2015 season.

My visit

Wednesday 29th October 2014

My last S. League venue on a heat sapping afternoon required alighting at Queenstown station on the SMRT system. I had been on that stretch of track the previous evening heading to Jurong East Stadium for the Albirex Niigata v DPMM game. The floodlights had been on but I didn’t realise I’d be returning a few hours later.

The heat was a bit much for me. Fortunately the clever Singapore planners provide plenty of sheltered walkways alongside the housing schemes. Just after five minutes after getting off the train I was walking inside Queenstown Stadium.

There was no disguising which club used the stadium, with lots of signage around the entrances and on club buildings. One advertised Tanjong Pagar’s evening game at Hougang United. That was where I was heading later, so it was good to see actual confirmation that it was on.  It turned out to be quite an impressive arena.

Like so many others the pitch was surrounded by an athletics track. The Main Stand had risen open terracing either side of it, with open seating on the far side and in temporary form on the curves behind the goals.

I left at virtually hobbling pace back to the station as blisters were forming on my feet and toes, for a much needed rest through the city centre to Bedok, which was the last venue of the afternoon.

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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