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.

Rob Bernard


September 2015

Sunday, February 11, 2018

CF Barceloneta (Spain)

Club de Futbol Barceloneta is a football club from the Barceloneta district of the Catalan city of Barcelona, who were formed in 1930. The club went into hibernation during the Spanish Civil War before it was reformed as Penya Barcelonista Barceloneta in 1947.

The club competed regularly against local rivals Sant Carlos and Atlàntic Marítim, before merging in 1972 to become Club de Futbol Barceloneta. This led to the team rising to the first regional league and then the Preferente as the Primera Catalana was called at the time.

The club played at several venues close to the sea, while their youth sides continued to develop. In 1979-80 the youth team progressed and picked up national honours, playing Real Zaragoza at Estadi Romadera.

Barceloneta benefited from the legacy of Barcelona’s staging of the 1992 Olympic Games as the local authorities built the new Parc de la Catalana; which was inaugurated on October 5th, 1994 by the Honorable Mayor of Barcelona, Mr. Pascual Maragall.

The opening of the new ground coincided with a fine spell on the pitch as the team continued playing in Primera Catalana; the highest level of regional football. The run came to an end with relegation at the conclusion of the 1998-99 campaign.

The club continued to compete in the higher reaches of Catalan regional football for the following decade or more, before records emerge of the club playing in Tercera Catalana Grupo 11 in the 2014-15 season.

Barceloneta finished in the relegation places in 2015-16 but were reprieved from demotion. However, the side went down to Quarta Catalana after ending second bottom of the table of Grupo 10 in 2016-17. Nino Jiménez Martín looked to plan a return as coach in the 2017-18 campaign.

CF Barceloneta will play in Quarta Catalana Frupo 16 in the 2017-18 season.

My visit

Monday 22nd January 2018

I’d enjoyed some fine sightseeing on the final full day of my long weekend in Barcelona, as well as taking football venues from opposite ends of the spectrum in the Camp Nou and UD Gramanet’s venue as tenants in Besòs.

Following a look at Sagrida Familia and the old bullring at Plaça de Braus de la Monumental, I took a bus down to the waterfront at Port Olímpic. A very pleasant walk on the Passeig Marítim promenade brought me to Parc de la Barceloneta.

The area had been beautifully landscaped where the old gasworks once stood, with Torre de les Aigües; a remnant of the old works in the background. A public path gave me an intial view inside the Club de Futbol La Catalana ground.

The main entrance on Passeig de Salvat Papasseit was open to allow me excellent photo opportunities of the ground dominated by a raised open spectator section on the far side. Both ends had a small area of open flat standing, with the road side out of bounds to fans.

Once complete I reflected on a job well done, and had a wander around the narrow street community, with occasional open squares before setting down in The Fastnet pub to enjoy a nice cold beer with a view of the yachts in OneOcean marina across the road.

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