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 their maintenance.

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 fortunate 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 heightens 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 try today. They'll be delighted 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. Stan is showing a keen interest in my hobby as he grows into a young man!

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


November 2018

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Grünwalder Stadion (Munich)

The Städtisches Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße is a stadium in Munich that was built in 1911, initially for TSV 1860 München.

Local rivals FC Bayern München moved in to the venue, which is also known as Grünwalder Stadion or the Sechzger Stadion in 1926.

In 1927 the stadium was renamed Heinrich-Zisch-Stadion before becoming Sportplatz an der Grünwalder Straße in 1939 for a couple of years. Between 1941 and 1945 it was titled Hanns-Braun-Kampfbahn in memory of a German athlete who competed in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics.

In 1948 a record attendance of 58,560 was attracted to Grünwalder Stadion for the Bavarian derby between TSV 1860 München and 1. FC Nürnberg.

In 1972 both Bayern and 1860 moved across the city to the new Olympiastadion. Grünwalder Stadion was then used by the under 19 or II teams of both clubs. 1860 returned for a few small spells during the 1970’s before returning on a permanent basis from 1982 and 1995 as the club hit financial troubles.

They returned for the 2004-05 campaign while the Allianz Arena was awaiting completion before the Grünwalder Stadion was modernised and the capacity cut to 12,500. Bayern’s women’s team moved in from the 2013-14 season to share with both club’s second teams.

My visit

Friday 17th December 2016

My visit to Munich was in its second and final full day. I had already been to the southern extremities of the city to visit the homes of SpVgg Unterhaching and SpVgg 1906 Haidhausen; from where I took the number 15 tram from Ostfriedhof to Tegernseer Landstraße.

After a full circumference of the stadium without finding an open gate I managed to get some decent shots of a very decent arena through various vantage points.

Grünwalder Stadion had very modern neat open terraces at either end, with covered and open seating down the sides. It felt very much still like 1860 territory with its light blue seats and some graffiti on the walls.

Having exhausted every opportunity, I headed towards the Christmas Market in the city centre for some lunch before heading off to Olympiastadion for a proper look around another home of both Bayern clubs.

The U1 from Wettersteinplatz to Sendlinger Tor followed by a change onto the U6 to Marienplatz soon had me tucking into a Gluhwein, potato rosti’s and a bratwurst in a really brilliant city.

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