Sep 27, 2009, 6:06 PM
Location: Outer Cheltenhamshire
Team(s): Cheltenham Town
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Answering a question elsewhere gave me the impetus to look up the changes this season in Hong Kong.
The top division has dropped from 13 teams to 11 through the loss of Eastern and Sheffield United.
Sheffield United had replaced Lanwa Redbull and were playing all home games at Dongguan (mainland China) - rumours of the team joining the main Chinese League look unfounded. Sheffield United's chairman already has a team in China, under the title Chengdu Blades.
The bottom two teams, Mutual and Xiangxue Eisiti were relegated and replaced by Shatin and Tai Chung.
As Xiangxue Eisiti were connected to Shenzhen Xiangxue of the Chinese League, I think they also played on the mainland.
Most of the other games were played at the Mongkok stadium, with occasional rounds at the Hong Kong STadium and other stadiums on the mainland.
The biggest difference this season appears to be matches are on a greater number of grounds.
Judging by fixtures before Christmas
South China and Kitchee - Hong Kong Stadium
Happy Valley and Tai Chung - Kowloon Bay Park
Tuen Mun and Sun Hei - Tsing Yi SG
TSW Pegasus - Yuen Long Stadium
NTRW Tai Po - Tai Po SG
Citizen - Siu Sai Wun SG
Fourway Rangers - Sham Shui Po SG
Shatin - Sha Tin SG
Hopefully, this makes the territory more interesting football wise for visitors.
Whether it is intended to re-vitalise local football, or if this is temporary during the refurbishment of the Mongkok stadium remains to be seen.
The Mongkok is supposedly open with a reduced capacity of 6000 during refurbishment. Generally matches do not attract four figure crowds, but the match near the end of last season, when Kitchee beat South China 1-0 filled the ground (8,500)
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