Reserve Team Regular
Jul 14, 2019, 4:54 PM
Location: Farnborough, Hants
Team(s): Aldershot Town
Post #1 of 6
BK Häcken 3 Örebro 0
Swedish Allsvenskan (Premier League)
Admission 160 Krona Programme Free
Like IFK Gothenburg who had their Gamla Ullevi stadium rebuilt, Häcken also had their Rambergsvallen stadium demolished, rebuilt and renamed Bravida Arena. The rebuild is a one tiered all round seated stadium, except for half of the width behind both goals which is terracing. As for the game, Örebro were awful, their only first half shot hit the stadium roof. They showed no attacking intention at all, and their game plan worked for the first 45 minutes. Eleven minutes into the second half though, the Häcken no. 19 went on a solo run, carving through the Örebro defence, and placing a shot in the net. Six minutes later, the scorer turned provider, cutting a ball back from the bye line for the no. 9 to toe poke home. The scoring was complete 15 minutes from time, but if only Häcken had played in the first half like they played in the second, this would have been a cracking game of football. The programme was a 4 page black and white photocopied effort, produced and made available from the stadium reception 45 minutes before kick off, and judging by the number of supporters coming in to the ground with one, from the gates around 20 minutes before kick off. The benefit of doing it this way though was that the actual team was listed, rather than just squad names. The attendance was given as 5,162, however I think that might have included many teams from various countries at the game who were playing in the Gothic Cup this weekend, being held in Gothenburg, and who had presumably been given free tickets. The Bravida Arena is easily reached from the centre of Gothenburg by catching either tram no. 5 or 10, and getting off at Rambergsvallen.
Football seen in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichenstein, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Italy Czech Republic, Ukraine, Gibraltar, Andorra, Luxembourg, San Marino, U.S.A., Canada, Portugal, and Slovakia.
Divisions completed: SW Peninsula League Premier Division West, Welsh Premier League, Welsh Championship South Division, Airtricity Irish Premier, Gibraltar Divisions 1 & 2
(This post was edited by nervous rec on Jul 14, 2019, 5:15 PM)
First Team Sub
Jul 14, 2019, 5:49 PM
Post #2 of 6
Airtricity U19 Southern Elite Division @ Hogan Park. Admission 2.50 Euro. No programme. Crowd 26.
Limerick 1 v 1 Wexford
Quite a few reading this will have been to Hogan Park as it is one of several previous grounds used by the first team. It is now the home of Hill Celtic. The ground is fully enclosed with one end having a large covered terrace and the far side has several steps of uncovered terracing.The weather was very hot throughout, with temperatures reaching 26C. Water breaks were taken in each half.
The game was of a similar standard to those I have witnessed on this trip, lots of effort but little skill and poor decision making. Limerick scored with an overhead kick, could have gone anywhere but luckily it ended up in the net, just a few minutes before the end of a largely uneventful first period.
Like the seniors the Wexford U19's are bottom of the division but worked hard in the second half and were rewarded with a stoppage time equaliser, cue great celebrations.
Currently back in the hotel avoiding the heat, four consecutive days of this so far, enjoying the trip, scenery and the friendliness of the people but the football ....
Man City Transfer Target!
Jul 14, 2019, 9:29 PM
Location: The North. 'Ich hassen lehm kopfs'
Team(s): Crewe Alex and obviously England.(Unlike a lot on here)
Post #3 of 6
USL Championship. Tier 2.
14-00 @ Toronto Dominion Place.
Ottawa Fury 1 v 1 Louisville City.
Enjoyable second half between 2 decent sides but one hell of a gap between MLS and this and MLS aint good.
Currently en route on Autoroute 50E to Parc Blainville for an 18-00 kick off between AS Blainville and CS Saint Hubert.
Sat Nav says 1hr 52 journey with an arrival time of 17-45. Need to shed a bit of time, legally of course. 🤔
Heading home tomorrow.
July 1, 2019 to June 30,2020 = 35 / 30/ 5/ inc 2 x 0-0's. (You know my rules) @ 11 / 08 / 2019.
2019/20. Benelux = Bel = 0-0-0-(0-0-0)-(0-2-3-2)/ Lux = 0-3 / Neth = 0-0-0-(2 - 2) Others France = 0-0 / Germany =0-0-0 / Italy =0-3/ Iberia = P = 0-1 & S = 0-1.
Now blogging at https://eccentricity.video.blog/
(This post was edited by dottirofhod on Jul 14, 2019, 11:07 PM)
Reserve Team Sub
Jul 14, 2019, 10:27 PM
Post #4 of 6
Lillestrom SK 2-1 Stromsgodset IF
Eliteserien (Norwegian top division)
Admission: NOK 220 (about £20)
It was the bottom team visiting a team just outside the relegation zone as a tense and entertaining game ensued. LIllestrom applied most of the pressure but Stromsgodset packed their penalty area until being undone by two goals just before half-time. The visitors pulled a goal back in the second but never quite looked like grabbing an equaliser.
Arasen Stadium is a smart, compact ground with a reported capacity of 11,500 but looked smaller with only 14-15 rows of seats in three of the stands. The main stand also has executive boxes and is the only cantilever stand. The structures behind both goals are identical and feature high roofs without a back wall but instead are backed by 3-storey commercial units. A few dozen people opted to watch from the windows of these units.
I chose to watch from the stand opposite the main stand, which appeared to be the largest and most populated of the four and, crucially, home to a section of terracing which runs perhaps one-third of the length. As has been typical in my limited travels abroad, the atmosphere was lively and better than you'd find at most English grounds. Most fans in the seated section next to the terrace also chose to stand.
Tickets were easily purchased from Lillestrom's website with a little help from Google Translate, although prices were higher than those I've paid in Sweden & Denmark. Lillestrom is on the Oslo - airport train line, so public transport really couldn't be easier - trains every 10 mins from Oslo Sentralstasjon with a journey time of 10 mins and costing £11 return. The ground is then only a 15 walk from Lillestrom station and you go through the town centre, so enough food & drinks places to keep most people happy.
The only club shop I saw at the ground was a mobile unit by the main entrance which had a limited range of items. Food options inside the ground weren't extensive but looked ok - I paid £3 for a polse, which is a hot dog inside a kind of thick tortilla made from potato & flour.
As might be expected, Norway in general is pretty expensive, you just have to adjust your spending accordingly. Public transport within Oslo has been excellent with 24 hour cards costing £10, alcohol is certainly expensive with beer typically starting at £8 & wine a couple of pounds more, but we've kept the cost of evening meals to £25-45 for two people. For those inclined, there's also a Parkrun every Saturday at 0930 featuring a rather demanding hill to be climbed four times.
Chelsea Transfer Target
Jul 14, 2019, 11:43 PM
Location: The Premier League town of Bournemouth
Team(s): AFC Bournemouth, Verwood Town, Sunderland
Post #5 of 6
Betfred League Cup Group H
St Mirren 2-3 Dunfermline Athletic
Attendance 3,000 est (about 400 away fans)
Programme £3 (double issue with Edinburgh City game on Wednesday)
Second year running I have seen Dunfermline travel to a Premiership team in this competition and come away with three points, and this win was fully deserved as they cut through the St Mirren defence like a knife through butter in the first half scoring three excellently taken goals. The Buddies threatened a comeback in the second half scoring two goals in as many minutes just past the hour but they couldn't find the goal that would have taken it to a shootout despite the late introduction of new signing Oan Djorkaeff, son of France 98 World Cup winning legend Youri.
Never made it to the old Love Street ground but expect it had much more character than the new St Mirren Park which has four identical stands each with 14 rows of black and white seats, one row less in the main stand as it has to make room for executive boxes at the back. Convenient for the train being just opposite Paisley St James station, though only just made the 1655 train back to Glasgow after 5 minutes injury time. Would have had to wait an hour for the next train or take 15 minute walk to Gilmour Street for 1725 train.
(This post was edited by cherryhopper on Jul 14, 2019, 11:58 PM)