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

TSVgg Stuttgart-Münster (Germany)



TSVgg Stuttgart-Münster are a sports club from the Münster district of Stuttgart in Germany. The club has sections for athletics, pentanque, badminton, health sports, handball, ski & hiking, dance, table tennis, fitness, volleyball as well as football. The club were formed in 1875.




The men’s first eleven football team compete in the Bezirksliga Stuttgart, which is one of many Step 8 leagues in Germany.

TSVgg Stuttgart-Münster will compete in the Bezirksliga Stuttgart in the 2015-16 season.





My visit

Sunday 16th August 2015

I had a morning to fill in Stuttgart before heading to a couple of matches later in the day. My research of the local football set up and the transport system highlighted a few venues it was easy to call in at. I was totally blind as to what standard the grounds would be.




The rain was falling heavily and I was on my penultimate ground of four before I needed a change of shirt. My England 1982 retro top was soaked and I’d foolishly gone out without another layer.




The U Bahn line 14 dropped me at Münste Viadukt, which was just a few yards from the entrance to the Stadion am Viadukt Rasen. As I approached it soon became apparent that players were turning up for a game.




The large car park backed up to the near goal. Behind it was a tremendous multiple storey old brick clubhouse with changing facilities on the bottom floor. The pitch was surrounded by a rail. Down one side there was just a small space before the fence separated the ground from Neckartalstrasse. The far side had a small banking with covered facilities towards the far end. I didn’t have time to explore but it looked like they could include the traditional catering facilities.




Having left the ground to walk back to the station I was passed by a couple of players getting off a train from the other direction all ready for their match. I looked up and was astounded by the size of the huge EnBW steam energy plant built over the transport tunnel and into the hill.

I headed on to the next venue; that of near neighbours Stuttgart-Canstatt.




On returning home I found out that the game I would have seen if I’d hung around was a friendly game between Stuttgart-Münster II and ASV Botnang II, which ended in a 5-2 win for the visitors.






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