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Dec 3, 2019, 1:27 AM
Team(s): FCUM, MUFC, Hammarby, St Pauli, Hawthorn (AFL)
Also at Wuppertaler this weekend. What a venue that is. I was there for:
Wuppertaler SV 0-3 Fortuna U23's
Abject first half from the home side, Fortuna scored 3 in the first half. It looked all over but Fortuna had a man sent off and Wuppertaler finally got their shooting boots on but found the Fortuna keeper in good form. As well as the main stand, the terracing behind one goal was open plus the cavernous other side, with numerous pens and terracing disappearing into the hillside. Behind the goals are 2 large open terraces - not as aesthetic as the sides. The Main Stand is interesting also for the roof but open back, with the Schwebebahn monorail passing right behind. Excellent sausages in the ground, and home fans sung throughout despite the setback on the pitch, so an excellent visit - no weizen though, only Bit alas. There were programmes.
Post-match journey up the monorail line to Barmen for the Wuppertaler Brauhaus for nice food and drink. Find of the day though was the Craft Beer Kiosk, which is certainly more than a kiosk, with a couple of taps and a great range of bottles and friendly staff.
Sunday was a trip to Duisburg for Homberg v Fortuna Koln, also in Regionalliga West. But as I approached, cars were coming away. Apparently the pitch had not recovered from a Women's Bundesliga game the previous day and had been called off a few hours before. I hadn't even thought to check. But I had a 2nd game planned that afternoon anyway which would have involved an expensive taxi but was now reachable on public transport. Fussball.de confirmed no other postponements and even time for a quick visit to Finkenkrug, top beer establishment in Duisburg suburbs.
Landesliga Niederrhein Group 1
Duisburger SV 1900 1-4 DJK Blau Weiss Mintard
Admission: €6 (inc programme)
DSV have 2 pitches, 1 grass and the other 3G. This was always destined for the 3G, as the 16:00 kick off necessitated floodlights, which the grass pitch lacks. There's no cover. The grass pitch has grass banks on all sides, one of which is shared with the 3G and has benches and some concrete steps. Flat standing behind each end of the 3G, with the far side out of bounds. There's a homely clubhouse with bottles of weizen at €2.90 and pennants of all the big clubs around.
Whilst the goals all came 2nd half, the visitors looked good value for the win and did not look like losing the lead once they had it.
Dusseldorf airport is between Dusseldorf and Duisburg so easy to get to the airport after.
Friday had been in the North at:
Regionalliga Nord SV Drochtersen/Assel 0-2 Altona 93
There's a bus service from Stade to Drochtersen but beware it gets very busy, so I'd recommend to get on early in Stade rather than on the north side near the brewpub. Fortunately people moved down the bus in the end and I could squeeze on. It wasn't down to football fans though - only 1 other person got off at the ground stop. The ground is modern and functional - a main stand on one side with a low terrace far side. The clubhouse is beyond an athletics track behind one goal - no weizen and of course, there's a barbecue for steaks and sausages.
My Dortmund supporting friend had an accumulator of 5 games, including a Schalke win - every other game he got right but I seem to be a lucky mascot for relegation placed Altona and he had bet on the 4th placed homesters. The homesters duly put in a lethargic performance and never looked like winning as I kept up a 100% Regionalliga win record with Altona.
I return to Germany for work on Tuesday, hopefully another Reg Nord game Wednesday evening.
Last new football ground (968) Dusseldorfer Strasse DSV 1900 1-4 DJK Blau Weiss Mintard
With FC United: 136
On the agenda:
4/12 Hamburg II v Luneburg Hansa
7/12 Fc United v Matlock Town