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The Wall
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Dec 15, 2008, 1:04 PM

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A two night Trip built around confirmation by Email and Phone that ADO Den Haag were likely to allow non card members to attend low key (non hooligan) fixtures.

Friday meet was at 09.00 at Schipol following early morning departures from three UK Airports. Car hired and a drive to the Den Haag Ground to collect promised Tickets. We were told to present our Passports, however faced with 4 aged UK citizens this was dispenced with. We were invited into the Ground to watch a training session and take Photographs, ironically none of us were so inclined. A drive to our Hotel in Alkmaar to register was followed by the drive to;

COMBER-LEEUWARDEN v VEENDAM Cash payment of EUR 15 secured admission to the main Stand, Free Programme. Result 2-2
Typical lower League Ground, close to Center and Railway Station, found two nice Bars near the Canal.

Saturday morning, following a heavy evening session at the Beer Museum, saw us leave the Hotel without Breakfast, we felt EUR 15 to be excessive. A drive to our Hotel at the Seaside Resort of Scheveningen (walking distance of Micro Brewery), a walk along the Prom and a Breakfast Cafe and then to Katwijk for our selected Amateurs game at Quick Boys, unfortunately Postponed due to frozen pitch and therefore a 6 Km drive to the back up game at;

RIJNBURGSE BOYS v EXCELSIOR MAASLUIS Admission to Main Stand EUR 8 (standing EUR 6) Programme 0.50c Result 5-0
Ground not easy to find as on outskirts, but typical Amateur with 10 row Stand on stilts entire length of pitch, with Standing terracing behind goal and small 3 step terracing opposite. Crowd given as 880. Then to;

ADO DEN HAAG v RODA . Main Stand wing (beggers can't be choosers) EUR 21 Programme EUR 1 (bur free to us the previous day) Result 1-1. Ground just off a Motorway Junction and consequently very difficult to locate any Parking in area, therefore adjacent Stadiium Car Parg D costing EUR 5 utilised. After game driver decided to go to Gouda to see a Jan Ackerman Concert, which allowed the remainder to take a 15 minute stroll to the nearby Metro Station with frequent trains back to Center. Alighting at the Groat Market we investigated around 6 Bars before taking a Taxi to the Micro Brewery to finish.

Sunday saw us drive to UTRECHT-VOLNDAM (a revisit for me but with the freezing conditions did not persue a Sunday Amateur)
Cash Admission EUR 20 after scrutiny of all Passports as unable to sell to non fan-card carrying Dutch, Free Programme, Result 0-0
Dire Game in front of around 2/3 capaciy crowd. Decided to stay to the end to avoid the rush.

Next Trip to incude Veendam, a Champagne job.

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Dec 15, 2008, 9:43 PM

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Location: err....Swinton !
Team(s): Doncaster Rovers

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Re: [The Wall] Double Dutch [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Interesting report. We went to Den Haag back in October against Volendam in the first of the open to non-Clubcard holders games. Disappointed with the stadium, everything seemed so 'grey' and uninspiring. Hoping to go back to Holland in March, hopefully doing Groningen, Heracles and Utrecht (if I cant get tickets for Feyernoord v PSV !). Did you contact Utrecht before you left, or can you just turn up on the day with your passport ?

Grounds Visited; 366
Last one: Coventry v Doncaster 21/03/09

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Dec 19, 2008, 10:02 PM

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Location: Long Eaton
Team(s): Forest, Darlo, Berwick Rangers, Barrow Town, Excelsior

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Re: [swintonrover] Double Dutch [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

I did Utrecht in November, but e-mailed well in advance regarding tickets. These were collected in the fanshop on the day, without having to show a passport.
We did a similar thing with Volendam, but PSV cost us an arm and a leg!
As regards Feyernoord, there is a provision on their site for people from England to purchase tickets.
The big problem clubs are AZ and Heerenveen, who refuse to sell to non-clubcard holders.

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Dec 21, 2008, 9:59 AM

Posts: 31
Location: Long Eaton
Team(s): Forest, Darlo, Berwick Rangers, Barrow Town, Excelsior

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Re: [Flynn] Double Dutch [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Forgot to mention....
There's a comprehensive piece about my latest Dutch weekender on a new blog that I've started to produce.
It's at
Scroll down on the home page to November 21-23.
Hopefully of some use to anyone planning a trip...


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