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windydcfc
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Genuine question. How many are single blokes?

My girlfriend is a season ticket holder with me at Bolton (we actually first met at a Bolton away game) and often comes to Atherton Colls games as well. She also has a list of grounds visited although she rarely, if never, goes to a neutral game.



I'm a season ticket holder at Derby & go to a few away games. I take the missus & her son. I'm going to Rotherham away tomorrow, with my son & the missus son. But there's a lot of difference between going to a game or 2 a week & being a groundhopper. I wonder why those serious groundhoppers haven't posted anything? Hoddy....


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I have.


Re ladies ,the last one earned £80 an hour so we enjoyed our regular breaks to Spain.


No not nurse Emmanuel Punky.


No children/grand children/wife ties, the only woman at the moment in my life is my carer at the Alex.




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Groundhopping can cost as much or as little as you want. I could go to a new venue in Manchester tomorrow and the total cost would be a few pence worth of fuel (less if I walked). It'd be a pitch rather than a 'ground', but it'd still be groundhopping.

As it happens I'm looking at a much longer trip tomorrow, and am fortunate that at the moment I can afford to go (almost) anywhere I want. The constraints I have are time and work, although the latter rarely intervenes at weekends and in any case it pays for me to do it in the first place.

When I was less fortunate I stayed local more often, and found cheaper ways of managing long-distance travel, like special offers on National Express coaches. I started groundhopping when I was a skint student, but still got out and about without spending a fortune. I guess I was lucky that League football was considerably more reasonably-priced back then.

I'm not single, but my partner (we're not married, but 'girlfriend' doesn't sound right at my age) tolerates my travels. That said, I rarely do revisits, and if I was out once or twice every midweek, well as on Saturdays, she'd be justified in complaining. In any case, what would be the point of being in a relationship if we never saw each other because I was out at football all the time?




http://stevebthegroundhopper.blogspot.co.uk/




(This post was edited by Steveb on Sep 14, 2018, 4:21 PM)


kirby knitters
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Genuine question. How many are single blokes?

My girlfriend is a season ticket holder with me at Bolton (we actually first met at a Bolton away game) and often comes to Atherton Colls games as well. She also has a list of grounds visited although she rarely, if never, goes to a neutral game.



I'm a season ticket holder at Derby & go to a few away games. I take the missus & her son. I'm going to Rotherham away tomorrow, with my son & the missus son. But there's a lot of difference between going to a game or 2 a week & being a groundhopper. I wonder why those serious groundhoppers haven't posted anything? Hoddy....

Why the interest? Most on here have no interest who Derby are playing tomorrow and even less who is making a point in telling us they are going!


windydcfc
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Sep 14, 2018, 8:37 PM

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Genuine question. How many are single blokes?

My girlfriend is a season ticket holder with me at Bolton (we actually first met at a Bolton away game) and often comes to Atherton Colls games as well. She also has a list of grounds visited although she rarely, if never, goes to a neutral game.



I'm a season ticket holder at Derby & go to a few away games. I take the missus & her son. I'm going to Rotherham away tomorrow, with my son & the missus son. But there's a lot of difference between going to a game or 2 a week & being a groundhopper. I wonder why those serious groundhoppers haven't posted anything? Hoddy....

Why the interest? Most on here have no interest who Derby are playing tomorrow and even less who is making a point in telling us they are going!



I just can’t imagine many woman being happy if their partner was away most nights. So I just assumed that a majority of ground hoppers were single blokes! I know plenty of couples that follow teams home & away but that’s different. I was replying to someone that said he met his missus at Bolton(no other reason). From the tone of your response, I guess I’ve hit a nerve? It’s not as though there isn’t a section on ‘Where are you going’!


(This post was edited by windydcfc on Sep 14, 2018, 8:38 PM)


Yeading89
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As a hopper I do things differently nowadays.Have been involved in footy one way or another most of my life.Used to do Tottenhams games and non league where possible including reporting for different publications for a few years. Moved to MK in 74 was fed up with League football (still am) and carried on watching local footy. In 1991 my sone died and left me with the first edition of Non League Grounds of Great Britain.
I went to everyone of the grounds in that book 656 in total then carried on going elsewhere. However driving for a living and hopping took its toll.I am now retired and only go once a week.A lot of people will disagree but I do it differently now.
Instead of New grounds it's New Teams. So if a team comes within my radius I go and see them. I think that the grounds are great but keep changing and I don't want to go back again to see this. So now it's new teams not new grounds unless I feel like it. It keeps costs down as well. This mostly happens in the cups where visiting teams are from out of my area.


ladderman
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Genuine question. How many are single blokes?

My girlfriend is a season ticket holder with me at Bolton (we actually first met at a Bolton away game) and often comes to Atherton Colls games as well. She also has a list of grounds visited although she rarely, if never, goes to a neutral game.



I'm a season ticket holder at Derby & go to a few away games. I take the missus & her son. I'm going to Rotherham away tomorrow, with my son & the missus son. But there's a lot of difference between going to a game or 2 a week & being a groundhopper. I wonder why those serious groundhoppers haven't posted anything? Hoddy....

Why the interest? Most on here have no interest who Derby are playing tomorrow and even less who is making a point in telling us they are going!

Because he'd gone 5 minutes without a post?
I find the idea that going to a couple of (neutral) games a week isn't groundhopping a bit odd, as well


windydcfc
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Sep 16, 2018, 12:01 PM

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Genuine question. How many are single blokes?

My girlfriend is a season ticket holder with me at Bolton (we actually first met at a Bolton away game) and often comes to Atherton Colls games as well. She also has a list of grounds visited although she rarely, if never, goes to a neutral game.



I'm a season ticket holder at Derby & go to a few away games. I take the missus & her son. I'm going to Rotherham away tomorrow, with my son & the missus son. But there's a lot of difference between going to a game or 2 a week & being a groundhopper. I wonder why those serious groundhoppers haven't posted anything? Hoddy....

Why the interest? Most on here have no interest who Derby are playing tomorrow and even less who is making a point in telling us they are going!

Because he'd gone 5 minutes without a post?
I find the idea that going to a couple of (neutral) games a week isn't groundhopping a bit odd, as well



I wasn’t talking about neutral games. I was talking about someone that follows their club home & away(a couple of games a week).


jon b
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Sep 16, 2018, 1:43 PM

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Decent enough question to me . I do a lot of games on the cheap , a lot of freebies . Main thing is fuel I wouldn't say I earned a lot either so it can be a struggle but as people have said it is a hobby so spend what you feel comfortable with . Don't make yourself skint


Yes, that's the essence of it. Whether someone spends a few hundred quid a season watching football or thousands is pretty unimportant other than to the individual concerned.

More interesting than the money side of things I've found this thread has given background about posters/groundhoppers themselves.

Due to family circumstances ground hopping isn't an option for me other than in the local area. In fact its only since I recently retired that I've really had the opportunity to watch football again regularly. I enjoy watching our local lads Dronfield Town but hope to get round a number of the area's other non-league grounds this season. Next season I'm being urged to take out a season ticket at the Dark Side in Sheffield i.e. Hillsborough, as it would give me the chance to link up with Owlitis suffering family members once a fortnight. Cool

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I don't think the OP was meant to offend.
It has never been how much it costs the individual that interests me, more, how the heck some of
the posters on here manage to travel the distances they do in midweek, get home at some ridiculous time early a.m.
and still manage to get up for work!



I don't need Google. I have a Hoddy.


Leyther_Matt
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Sep 16, 2018, 7:53 PM

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I don't think the OP was meant to offend.
It has never been how much it costs the individual that interests me, more, how the heck some of
the posters on here manage to travel the distances they do in midweek, get home at some ridiculous time early a.m.
and still manage to get up for work!

I’d certainly never consider doing the daft midweek trips for a neutral game, but a good few times I’ve been to watch Hibs midweek and then travelled back after the game and headed in to work the next morning. Also, in the last couple of years I’ve watched Bolton away to Bristol Rovers and West Ham midweek, got home in the early hours (4am in the case of the West Ham game) then gone to work a few hours later. On something of a tangent from that, Bolton at home to Nottingham Forest on the final day of last season was a 12.15pm kick off and I didn’t get home - all of 8 miles away from the game - until 3am the next morning and up for work a few hours later, but that’s an entire different circumstance Cool


gcnc
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Sep 16, 2018, 8:33 PM

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I mentioned how I finance my hopping in a post some years ago and haven't stopped getting stick about it from some members ever since!

https://nonleaguematters.co.uk/...dd0186cb762cf#542388

I think steveb sums up my thoughts. I rarely go to games midweek and almost never travel long distances except on a Saturday. You could spend thousands of pounds hopping, but often a new ground and an entertaining Saturday afternoon are just around the corner at virtually no cost. And, most importantly there are so many more important things in life!


ladderman
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Genuine question. How many are single blokes?

My girlfriend is a season ticket holder with me at Bolton (we actually first met at a Bolton away game) and often comes to Atherton Colls games as well. She also has a list of grounds visited although she rarely, if never, goes to a neutral game.



I'm a season ticket holder at Derby & go to a few away games. I take the missus & her son. I'm going to Rotherham away tomorrow, with my son & the missus son. But there's a lot of difference between going to a game or 2 a week & being a groundhopper. I wonder why those serious groundhoppers haven't posted anything? Hoddy....

Why the interest? Most on here have no interest who Derby are playing tomorrow and even less who is making a point in telling us they are going!

Because he'd gone 5 minutes without a post?
I find the idea that going to a couple of (neutral) games a week isn't groundhopping a bit odd, as well



I wasn’t talking about neutral games. I was talking about someone that follows their club home & away(a couple of games a week).

Perhaps you should write with more clarity (and stick to the topic) as you seem to spend your life in here clarifying what you actually meant. Maybe go for a bit of quality over quantity.


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You could spend thousands of pounds hopping, but often a new ground and an entertaining Saturday afternoon are just around the corner at virtually no cost. And, most importantly there are so many more important things in life!


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You could spend thousands of pounds hopping, but often a new ground and an entertaining Saturday afternoon are just around the corner at virtually no cost. And, most importantly there are so many more important things in life!


Shocked
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SmileSmile Great post!

I tell you - I wish on Saturday I had just gone around the corner and watched a match for nothing, rather than shelling out £19 at Rodney Parade.

Anyway, onward and upward - we've got a nice easy match at Prenton Park next Saturday Wink


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I have soon learned not to feel "a bad hopper" in comparison to others. You see on Facebook and here people who are counting ground number 1,000 or even higher than that, and I do feel a bit "second rate" for not even being at 200 unique grounds. The cost - the big neon-lit issue for me - would be immense if I tried to compete.

I soon realised that groundhopping is a hobby like all other. We all have our own rules and regulations, and we all have our own limits. I have ticked off almost all the local grounds to me, so it will cost a lot of money to get to all the new ticks I need to do in Cheshire or North Wales or where-have-you. But if I tried to spend more than I earn just to complete a league quicker than a stranger on the Internet, then I would realise that my priorities were all wrong.

So the answer for me is, "I afford it as long as I still can," and make do. There's always walk up and watch football in the very lower reaches of the pyramid's base if there's nothing else, after all.



I count as a groundhop whatever I feel appropriate.

Reserves? Yes, why not?
Friendlies? No problem.
Bracketed ticks? Come on in, I say.

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Going off tangent like I usually do but, talking of Groundhoppers, did anyone here watch the team of the same name when they fleetingly played in the Kent League? I always found it funny that for half their league games they were at home and therefore couldn't do any hopping!


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Anyway, onward and upward - we've got a nice easy match at Prenton Park next Saturday Wink


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