Welcome to volume one 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 two of HAOTW.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Borussia Dortmund II reached the final of the Westphalia Cup in 1991, where they were defeated by Arminia Bielefeld. However, the team qualified for the following seasons DFB-Pokal (German Cup). They went out 5-2 in the first round to 1. FC Saarbrucken at Stadion Rote Erde.
In 2005 the team suffered another demotion, but again showed great tenacity by going straight back up. In 2008 Dortmund were placed in Regionalliga West. Theo Schneider took his team to the title in 2009 winning promotion to the recently formed 3. Liga where they lasted for just one campaign.
The 2015-16 season saw Borussia II finish in fourth place under the stewardship of Daniel Farke.
Stadion Rote Erde really was a decent arena but it was easy to see why BVB wanted to go more modern and opt for a stadium without a running track when they set a trend that took a lot longer to catch on around Germany when they built the Westfalenstadion for the 1974 World Cup. The old place was still in decent condition, even though the DFB had to five it special dispensation to hold 3. Liga football.
Sunday 28th February 2016
I was back once again for the Borussia v Hoffenheim clash next door. Having alighted at the DB stadium station I made my way up around Stadion Rote Erde to the entrance, where once again beer and food was available inside.
This was an ideal opportunity to update my photos and enjoy refreshments before heading next door to watch the match.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
However, some fans were frustrated with the lack of investment in the side and the lack of progress on the new stadium. The team finished in eleventh place in 2014-15 with the goals of Romelu Lukaku keeping the faithful happy. Martinez and the board managed to fight off the advances of Chelsea for star young defender John Stones in the August 2015 transfer window.