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, September 7, 2015

FC Stuttgart-Cannstatt (Germany)



FC Stuttgart-Cannstatt is an amateur football club from the city of Stuttgart, who are located in the north of the city. They were formed in 1995 as TSV Hilalspor, serving mainly members of Turkish extraction.



In 2006 they changed their title. At the same time many Turks left the club but this was compensated by the formation of a youth section to gradually build the clubs stature in the district competitions.



FC Stuttgart-Cannstatt will play in the Bezirksliga Stuttgart in the 2015-16 season.

My visit

Sunday 16th August 2015



I was extremely damp on a dreary summer’s morning as I decided that FC Stuttgart-Cannstatt would be last call before I went back to the hotel to get dry before my afternoon double header of matches.

The U Bahn tram service 12 to Riethmüllerhaus dropped me just a few minutes from the Sportzplatz.



I crossed the road and went through the car park and up a slope showing signs for the very tempting TC Original American Barbecue. The finely named restaurant was at the top of the hill next to the stadium clubhouse.



The pitch with running track surround was on the right hugging the side of the hill with some impressive trees flanking the surrounds. A lone athlete was doing laps round the track in the rain.

On the entrance side there was a fine block of wide terracing for spectators as well as some semi-permanent cover near to the clubhouse; no doubt for the provision of the staple sausages and beer?




I headed back down the hill ready to change trams at Lowentor, and to change shirts at my hotel. I would have time to dry out and take stock before heading off to Stuttgarter Kickers II’s Oberliga.encounter against FC 08 Villingen.







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