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Aug 6, 2019, 5:19 PM
Location: North Wales
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Friday 2nd August
Niederrheinpokal 1st Round
Wuppertaler SV 3-1 VfR Krefeld-Fischeln
Admission €10, no programme
A chance to 'tick' the Stadion am Zoo before it is modernised. There is a huge main seated stand (which was the only part open for this game) and behind each goal there is terracing, whilst opposite it looks like seats have been bolted on the old terrace. Looking at the plans on their website it seems only the main stand will remain after redevelopment.
Landesliga VfR Krefeld were originally drawn at home but the costs of hosting the game were prohibitive so the tie was switched.
Regionalliga West Wuppertaler always had too much for their lower ranked opponents but Krelfeld did hold out for 30 minutes before conceding. It was soon 2-0 but they did have their moment right on half time when they scored from a free kick.
The second half was one way traffic but Wuppertaler only added one more goal. The woodwork was rattled a few times but the game fizzled out as the heavens opened.
Time was brief so there was no time to ride the famous Schwebebahn. Definitely one for another time though!
Saturday 3rd August
Werder Bremen 0-0 Everton
Advance ticket €10, no programme
My second visit to the Weserstadion and my second goalless draw! The game was entertaining enough but despite creating chances Everton's lack of cutting edge was there for everyone to see. Hopefully Moise Kean can provide a solution.
There were about 1,500 Toffee fans who travelled over. This meant there was space to spread out in the away end. If it had been full I think some of the views wouldn't have been great.
Pre-match was spent in the Altstadt having a ubiquitous Becks whilst post match was spent in the Craft Bier Bar, where the choice was a little more varied.
Sunday 4th August
TSV Halvese 0-2 SC Weiche Flensburg
Admission €9, programme FREE
As I was flying home from Hannover, it made sense to seek out a game nearby. A 20 minute tram ride to Garbsen, followed by a 15 minute walk found me at the Willhelm Langrehr Stadion. The ground is three sided with a covered terrace along one touchline, open terrace behind one goal and a small seated stand on the other touchline.
The game wasn't a classic by any stretch and I thought I was on for another 0-0 but two goals in the last 5 minutes for Flensburg saved the day.
There was just enough time post-match for a meal and a few beers in the Ernst August Brahaus in Hannover before heading off to the airport.
A great weekend! UTFT.
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Post #2 of 3
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
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August ? Are you Ashers in disguise ?