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Koln (Cologne) weekend 16-18 Feb 2018

 



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Feb 19, 2018, 10:19 PM

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Not a great start - Thursday receive an email to tell me the Viktoria Koln game is off- snow!!
Arrive in Koln on Friday morning- no snow left but guess game was off as pitch waterlogged- quick change of plan and regional train to Essen for:


Rot-Weiss Essen 0 Bonner SC 1
Regionalliga West
Essen Stadion


Admission: 28 Euro ( 12 to stand)
Programme: Free quality match day newspaper given out on arrival
Attendance: 6111


From missing the best team in the league I ended up watching the best supported, average of over 7.000 this season with only Aachen anywhere close to that. ticket almost double the price of the one at Viktoria but the money does not seem to be working, with Bonner winning a game of little action.


Game was poor but good atmosphere and the home support gets behind their team. Good food and drink on offer, seat expensive but great view of the game. Club very proud of their history and outside statues and large pictured boards showing key moments in their clubs history. Not much would be needed to make the ground ready for the top division, not that is likely to happen for a long while.


Ground just a short walk from the local train station that is on the Duisburg - Dortmund 'S' train line - no direct train from Essen railway station to the ground.
Regional train back via Duisburg and back in Koln by midnight for a few Kolsch!
After watching this game, I think it may be a number of years before Essen are back playing local rivals, Shalke and Dortmund.



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)
http://portmanroadtothesansiro.blogspot.co.uk/


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Feb 19, 2018, 10:34 PM

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Re: [Dribble!] Koln (Cologne) weekend 16-18 Feb 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Saturday 17 February 2018


1.FC Koln 1 Hannover 96 1
Budesliga
Rhein Energie Stadium


Admission: 46 euro - ordered on line, posted to UK
Programme: Free A5 glossy handed out free, fixtures and league table in it but very little about the match in it other than the opponents name being on the cover.
Attendance: 48.400


Competitive game but can see why Koln are bottom, wasted the few chances they had. Hannover took the lead but home side got back on terms and then in injury time thought they had the winner - mass celebration, about to re-start then the video ref sends a signal to the Ref and the goal is ruled out - so 1-1 final score.


Crowd were excellent, not many songs but they kept singing all game and when the club anthem came on, all 4 stands stood to sing.


Easy tram ride to stadium, plenty of food stalls on the large open green area next to the ground. Surprised how easy the tram ride back to the city centre was, seemed most Koln fans took the tram in the direction of out of town to reach a tram stop where they could then jump on to the 'S' line.


Can't see Koln staying up, and to make matters worse for them their main rivals in Dusseldorf may be coming up in the opposite direction.



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)
http://portmanroadtothesansiro.blogspot.co.uk/


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Sunday 18 February 2018


11am
1.FC Koln Under 19s 2 MSV Duisburg Under 19s 2
Junior Bundesliga West
Franz-Kremer Stadium


Admission: Free
programme: Free black and white team sheet issued
Attendance: 191 h/c


Short urban rail ride to north of the city and the 1FC Koln training ground. 10 minute walk from the rail stop. Training ground is situated in a public park/wood and unlike most English training grounds, totally open to the public.


Large changing rooms and club office complex with a (posh) café - that was open to the public for meals and more Kolsch! Next to that was the 1st team training pitch. On Pitch 1 an 1FC Koln junior women's team were playing, that pitch was artificial - but was watched by a few fans - including a drummer. Pitch had a small cabin selling food and drink.


Between Pitch 1 and the club offices is the Franz-Kremer Stadion. Large seated stand on one side and the rest of the ground had terracing of 9 steps. Stadium used in Regionalliga by the Koln U23 side as well as by the U19 team. only a training ground but has under soil hearting so great to visit when other games may be hit by snow. Another small hut selling food and drink by the seated stand.


Koln near the top of the table but it was Duisburg who looked the more direct team and they had the better chances before taking the lead from the penalty spot, they added a second just before the break.


Second half was more even but it was not till the last few minutes did Koln really test the visitors keeper, they got one back on about 80 minutes then drew level 5 minutes later.


Both teams showed good technical skills and also look very strong physically, did not seem to be many players under 18 on the pitch, unlike when watching academy games in the UK.


Quick walk back to the train, and then back to Koln HBF to change onto the 'S' Line and past the airport to Hennef for:


3pm
FC Hennef 05 0 FC Hurth 2
Sportzcentrum, Platz 1
Oberliga - Mittelheinliga


Admission: 5 Euros
programme: Free colour programme, good quality
Attendance: 195 h/c


10 minute walk from the train station through this quiet town/large village. Hennef are top of the league so expected a home win and a decent crowd. Arrived at about 2.30, short cut through a school and saw the ground - deserted - panic stopped when saw other fans and found out the game had been moved to the artificial pitch next door - Platz 1 - main pitch looked OK, but became obvious that it would have cut up and become very heavy - a mud bath very quickly. From talking to a Hennef club member it seems they use the artificial surface for a number of games each winter.


The main ground had a long wooden seated stand, 3 rows of seating with 9 steps of terracing on two other sides and high fences. Pitch surrounded by an athletics track.


Platz 1, next door had 5 steps of terracing on the wooden dug out side and 2 steps of terracing on the far side - fully railed pitch, a large grass bank behind the furthest goal and a small artificial pitch behind the nearest goal. Main pitch had advertising hoardings all the way round but none on this pitch.


Club house had a full bar plus TV.


First half quite even but Hurth took the lead and in the second half they then started to dominate and added a second goal, a real turn up for the books as Hennef are top.


Walk back to the station, trains ever 20 minutes and back into Koln just after 6pm for a night of more kolsch!



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)
http://portmanroadtothesansiro.blogspot.co.uk/


(This post was edited by Dribble! on Feb 20, 2018, 12:06 PM)

 
 


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