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

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hvidovre IF (Denmark)

Hvidovre IF is a semi professional club based in the western suburbs of the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The club was formed in 1925.

HIF became champions of Denmark when they lifted the Division One title in 1966. They repeated the triumph in 1973.

In 1980 HIF lifted the DBU Pokalen (Danish Cup) after defeating Lyngby 5-3 in front of a gate of 23,500 at Idrætsparken in Copenhagen, with Michael Christensen playing a starring role.

The following season a third Danish title was secured, before Peter Schmeichel took over in goal at the start of his career between 1984 and 1987.

The club was re-organised on the 19th November 1991 as professional football became more widespread in Denmark. Hvidovre Soccer A/S was formed with the purpose of operating the part of Hvidovre Sports Association's activities relating to elite football.

On 28 December 1999 the shares in Hvidovre Soccer A/S were sold to Peter Schmeichel, as sole shareholder to try to lead Hvidovre back to the peak of the Danish football scene.

Unfortunately results did not materialise, with Peter Schmeichel  transferring his shares in 2002 with the Hvidovre Soccer A/S company  to Hvidovre IF. The company was without debt, but also without assets.

In January 2005 Hvidovre Holding A/S was formed by loyal fans and local citizens. The company acquired the share capital of Hvidovre Soccer A/S, and also founded another company Solar Plexus A/S.

Meanwhile on the pitch, Hvidovre struggled and found themselves in the third tier of Danish football.

Hvidovre IF will play in Division Two Group 1 in the 2015-16 season.

My visit

Sunday 8th November 2015

My first ever visit to Denmark was going well. Although I was only there for one day, I was determined to pack plenty in. The main reason for the visit was the top flight vital local derby between Brøndby IF and F.C. København, but after calling in at the home of BK Frem, I still had time to visit another club.

By now I was starting to ache a little, through lack of regular walking. Fortunately I’d observed a regular bus service running down Gammel Køge Landevej before I went to Valby Idrætspark. This would save on a walk back to Ny Ellebjerg St.

Sure enough the 8A service arrived within ten minutes. It dropped me at its terminus; Friheden St. a few minutes later. The ride was covered by my one day City Pass. A few yards along Hvidovrevej I found the car park behind one end. I could see a decent looking stand and wanted to be inside for some proper photos. Eventually I walked past the tennis courts down the far side, and found an open gate by the clubhouse.

Hvidovre Stadion was dominated by the Main Stand down the far side. It was all seated and covered by a multi-barrel roof. The pitch was surrounded by a running track. The near side had a few rows of standing built on frames. The same arrangement was in place around the near curve. The far end, could well have been the same in places, with a large hedge between it and the car park.

After taking my snaps, with the light fading, I returned to the station to take the train on to Brøndby Strand St. to catch a bus to the match.

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