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Germany 9th to 11th March 2018


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I joined The Wall and Standretti at Stansted Airport on the afternoon of Friday 9th for the flight to Memmingen. This was delayed by well over half an hour and from my observations the delay was partially down to loading all the baggage - so much for Ryanair's new bag policy minimising delays !

When we originally booked Memmingen were scheduled to be at home in Regionalliga Bayern but that game was moved to Saturday, leaving us with the only realistic option a GAFMO to :

Landesliga Wurttemberg Group 2
FV 09 Nurtingen 1 . FC Frickenhausen 5
Admission 6/5 euros. Free programme. Crowd quoted as 500 but my approx h/c suggested closer to 300

Like a lot of German clubs at this sort of level Nurtingen only have lights on their second pitch and this game took place there. Tired looking plastic pitch but it didn't play too badly. Flat standing allowed all round, although only one side railed. Home side went 2 down inside half an hour and then conceded another on the hour and despite getting one back then let in two more within the next 8 minutes.

On Saturday we travelled over to -

Regionalliga Bayern
SpVgg Bayreuth 1 VfB Eichstatt 3
Admission FREE (sponsored). Free A4 programme. Crowd 1320

Very attractive oval ground with several rows of old terracing on 3 sides and a large stand on the 4th with curved roof sections reminiscent of the old Molyneux main stand. Straw coloured pitch looked to have very little live grass and even though it didn't cut up it seemed very soft and provided little bounce.
Bayreuth have been as high as Bundesliga 2 but are currently languishing perilously close to the relegation zone and their performance in this disappointing game did nothing to help their plight. Eichstatt were slightly the better side for most of the game, going ahead after 15 minutes. Bayreuth got level with a penalty out of nothing just after the hour and for a while looked the more likely winners, but in fact Eichstatt broke away twice in the final 10 minutes and two simple finishes gave them the points.

!300 kick off at Bayreuth gave us bags of time to pop 20 minutes up the road for the 1700 start at

Landesliga Bayern Nordost
TSV Neudrossenfeld 2 SC 04 Schwabach 1
Admission 6/5 euros. No Paper. Crowd 120.

Smart little ground with a very new looking clubhouse and excellent 3G pitch with cover provided in front of the clubhouse, hard standing all round and small groups of 6 or 7 open seats (total about 70) on the top side. Above this there is a grass pitch and other accoutrements which suggest it used to be the main pitch.
Visitors Schwabach opened very brightly and it took 3rd placed Neudrossenfeld most of the first half to get into their stride. However they went ahead after 35 minutes and added another just after half time before seeming to settle for this, sitting back and nearly paying for this lack of ambition as Schwabach got one back midway through the second half and probably deserved to equalise.

On to our nearby hotel and a nice meal before proceeding on Sunday morning to the main objective of the trip, completing the top 3 divisions in Germany for me at -

Bundesliga 2
SV Jahn Regensburg 2 SV Sandhausen 1
Admission (sitzplatz) 28/25 euros - tickets booked online. Also 4 euros for parking outside the stadium. A4 monthly magazine. Crowd 11885

Regensburg moved to the new Continental Arena for 2015-16. It has 4 rectangular covered stands, with standing available at one end and in a small (away) section the other. I was personally surprised at the relatively small size (capacity 15224) for a club with obvious top level ambitions. One pleasing thing was that food and drink were available for cash inside the ground without having to use one of those infuriating "stadium cards" which seem to have been proliferating at new German grounds recently.

On a pitch which had a lot of bare looking patches, 6th placed Regensburg gradually got on top against opponents one place above them but needed two awful pieces of defending by the visitors, on both occasions failing badly to clear, to give them goals after 27 and 51 minutes. Sandhausen got one back just before the hour and had several threatening moves thereafter but Regensburg held on for a victory which moved them up to 4th place, one outside the playoff position, and with a chance of a second successive promotion.

Finally as a nice handy nearby bonus to conclude an enjoyable weekend, especially for Ice Hockey aficionado The Wall, whom I will leave to fill in the details in "Other Sports",we were able to take in an Oberliga playoff game - Eisbaren Regensburg 3 Salle Bulls 1 - on Sunday evening.

As usual in Germany, a very enjoyable weekend.


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