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, December 14, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Meanwhile in the Bockenheim district of Frankfurt, two other clubs; FVgg 01 and FC Germania decided to merge on July 5th 1912 to become Bockenheimer FVgg Germania 1901.
Saturday 21st October 2017
Sportverein Sandhausen 1916 e.V. is a professional football club that was formed in August 1916, who represent the small town of Sandhausen; which is located four miles south of Heidelburg in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg.
Again, I chose the budget option of the FlixBus for €9 for the two hour journey. I drifted in and out of sleep while listening to TalkSport on the journey to the town of Heidelberg for my overnight stay.
Sandhausen is a small town about five miles from Heidelberg. There were several options to reach the stadium, but I opted for the direct 780 bus. It arrived late; no doubt owing to match traffic on its previous run. I managed to get a seat for the longer than imagined ride.
There was still time for a couple of nightcaps at Hemingway’s before I went to bed in readiness for an early start the next day, as I took the 7.50am FlixBus to Stuttgart Airport in time for my lunchtime flight back to Heathrow after four magnificent days once again in Germany.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Eintracht Frankfurt is a professional football club following the merger of two clubs that were formed in March 1899, and are based in the city of Frankfurt in the German state of Hesse.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 Borussia 09 Dortmund 2 (Saturday 21st October 2017) Bundesliga (att: 51,500)
An Imbiss is basically a snack bar facing the street, specialising in take away food. The currywurst and fries were a perfect way to end a brilliant day; before I walked the twenty minutes or so back home. I didn’t require any rocking!