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

SC Freiburg II (Germany)



SC Freiburg II are the reserve team of SC Freiburg from Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The team began life as SC Freiburg Amateure until 2005. They originally played in the lower amateur divisions before reaching the fourth tier Verbandsliga Südbaden in 1983.




Relegation came three years later, but returned in 1994. In 1998 the team won promotion to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg after a league championship in the Verbandsliga. Another league title in 1998 took the team to the Regionalliga Süd.

IN 2000 the senior club bought the Möslestadion from local neighbours Freiburger FC for the use of SCF II, junior sides and the ladies team. In 2001 the team lifted the Südbadischer Pokal (South Baden Cup)




In 2002 the league was changed to Regionalliga Südwest, where SCF II remained. At the end of the 2012-13 season the side finished as runners up but declined the opportunity to contest in the promotion rounds for a place in 3. Bundesliga.

SC Freiburg II will play in Regionalliga Südwest in the 2015-16 season.


My visit

Saturday 15th August 2015

As I had attended the 2. Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and VfL Bochum it would have been remiss not to go and have a look at the Möslestadion, which was across the other side of the railway line and main road out of town. I wandered down Gerbertstraße and then over the footbridge.




I saw some gents going in through the locked gates and I managed to grab their attention. They were most amiable and hung around for me to take photos to let me back out.

The arena looked like it could well have had a running track around the pitch at one time. The grass over the disused terracing behind the ends certainly gave that impression with their curvature. The railway side had several rows of shallow open terracing, whereas the far side had an excellent old grandstand with a raised seating deck and the football school and facilities downstairs.




It was a fine arena. I just found it a little sad that the original owners Freiburger FC were no longer in residence. I departed to try and catch a tram from the Hasemannstraße stop back to the Hauptbanhof. This was not an easy task, but one I managed after persuading a local spotty Herbert that I was getting on board. It was a test of temperament!




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