First Team Sub
Aug 6, 2018, 10:32 PM
Team(s): Ipswich Town
Thursday 2 August 2018 , FK Buxoro 2 PFK Metallurg Bekabad 1 , Uzbekistan Super League, Bukhara
Admission; 8 s'om (about 80p)
Programmes; None seen but plenty of sports papers on sale outside the ground.
Just spent two weeks taking a group of teenagers trekking in Tajikistan followed by a week visiting 3 of the Uzbekistan 'Silk Route cities'. Was not expecting to see a game but hoped to visit a stadium or 2. But the 'groundhopping' Gods must have felt sorry for me as I arrived in Bukhara, I spotted there was a game on.
The ground is only a 5 to 10 minute walk from the town centre, where you can find numerous hotels. I arrived at 5 pm but was told tickets would go on sale at 5.30pm. The ground looked typical East European but in fact had not been built till 2002, after the Russians had left.Turnstiles were only at one end, next to the ticket office and the club shop. Each stand was covered with a roof, the ground was all-seater with the seats mainly in good condition. Athletics track round the pitch and the pitch itself in poor condition.
Most of the fans sat in the two side stands, where in one a band kept the home fans in good spirits. However the highlight of the visit was being able to see the floodlights, all 4 looking like mini Post Office towers.
Football wise, visitors may have been on top in the first half but both teams suffered from poor finishing, that changed quickly in the second half as the home team went in front with a great goal. The visitors quickly got back on terms before the home team got a winning goal, with a diving header from a good cross.
Last New ground; Benhall St Mary, Games in 2019/20 Season; 61, New Grounds this Season; 30, Next scheduled game: Ipswich Town v Coventry City - FAC (10/12/19)
(This post was edited by Dribble! on Aug 8, 2018, 10:35 AM)