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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Gazteak CF (Spain)

Gazteak CF is an amateur football club who were formed in 1973 and are based in Santurtzi, a few miles west of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque region playing at San Pedro de Kabiezes, which was originally a sand pitch.

The club started their first few seasons in existence playing lower level local football such as the Territorial Tercera and then the eighth level Territorial Segunda before eventually reaching Territorial Primera in 1979.

Gazteak were demoted in 1980-81, but regained their place at the seventh tier at the completion of the 1982-83 campaign. Another relegation back to Territorial Segunda was suffered in 1984-85, but the club bounced straight back at the first attempt.

Gazteak remained at that level until 1990, when they dropped out of senior football for a couple of years before beginning the slow climb back through the divisions before reaching Territorial Primera once again in time for the 2003-04 campaign.

The club went down another level just one year later, before climbing back in 2005-06 with a promotion campaign. This time Gazteak’s spell in the seventh level lasted two seasons. Another promotion followed in 2009-10.

The club remained in the Territorial Primera for three seasons before being relegated once again. Promotion was won again in 2013-14 as Gazteak were placed in Grupo I of the Primera.

Gazteak consolidated on their return and continued to build as a club following the conversion of their playing pitch from grass to an artificial surface to allow the continual development of their youth sides.

Gazteak CF will play in the Territorial Primera División de Vizcaya Grupo I in the 2017-18 season.

My visit

Friday 24th February 2017

It was the first day of my long weekend around Bilbao and after visits to the homes of Barakaldo CF, Sestao River Club and Club Portugalete I continued through land being developed and new housing from La Florida along Doctor José Zaldua Kalea.

The walk was doing me good in the hills above the district and looking down towards the River Nervión. A further walk along Los Hoyos Kalea took me to the ground, where I was in for a bit of a shock.

My research had me prepared to encounter the San Pedro de Kabiezes home of Gaztiek, but I didn’t know that another club; Peña Athletic Santurtzi had their venue alongside. The ground itself was pretty basic with hard open standing surrounding the pitch. A high wire fence enclosed the arena, which was open aside from a small cover on the sports centre side.

Once I’d taken my photos of both grounds I put in some more mileage to the ground of CD Santurtzi to complete a fantastic Friday afternoon.

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