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Chris1963

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1987 (Wednesday) - IFK Goteborg 3 Halmstads BK 0 (Sweden, Allsvenskan, attendance 5,865) Glossy B5 programme issued. This match was played at the Nya Ullevi, that is, the bigger stadium of the two. Of course, as most of you will be aware, this architecturally inspiring stadium is seldom used for football today.

1988 (Friday) – Selbak TUL 2 Sarpsborg 3 (Norway, Division 3, Group B) A5 programme issued. This was the final match of my 1988 tour (I travelled back home the following day, perhaps there weren’t any games that Saturday because of the midsummer holiday) and it was played in front of a large crowd numbering several hundred, which was very good for that level, although it’s possible that many of them were supporting the visitors. Sellbakk (the village has an extra ‘K’ and ‘L’ in its name) is a small village just outside Fredrikstad. The walk there involves walking across a very high river bridge which gives a spectacular view of the area. The ground is basic, although it does have plenty of grass banking around the pitch. A look at the current aerial photo shows that the main grass pitch has been replaced by a synthetic one and the two-storey clubhouse/dressing-room building which was there on my visit has been demolished, perhaps because it was made of wood.

1992 (Wednesday) – NSI Runavik 0 HB Torshavn 5 (Faroe Islands Cup semi-final, 2nd leg) No programme, although I found an old one lying on the ground, so it appears that NSI were issuing for league games at the time.
This was the only midweek match I could find on my first visit to the Faroes and it was played at the same ground that NSI still use today. The village of Runavik can be reached by a circuitous bus route from Torshavn (via the road bridge that links the two biggest islands) although there is also the option of a ferry from Torshavn which is quicker but involves a bit of walking. I believe an undersea road tunnel is planned. Having seen the ground on the TV highlights recently, thanks to someone else on this forum who posted a link, the ground seems to have been improved a lot since then. It did not have any cover for spectators in 1992, although as it was a fine evening, this did not matter. I think HB had won the first leg 1-0, so an easy passage to the final for them.

1995 (Saturday) – same Dutch game as Hoddy (although I don’t remember seeing him there) and thanks to him for the link to the highlights, which I will watch later tonight. A4 programme issued, perhaps the best ever programme I’ve seen in Dutch amateur football.

2000 (Saturday) - CS Hobscheid 0 Pelister Bitola 1 (Inter-Toto Cup) A4 programme issued. I travelled by train to Arlon, then caught a taxi for about three miles up to the border before walking the remaining three miles to Hobscheid. After the match, I walked all the way back to Arlon, where I stayed in a hotel before returning home the following day. The ground is very small and would probably not be allowed to stage an Europa League qualifying round game nowadays.

2001 (Sunday) – Long Island Rough Riders 1 Pittsburgh 1 (US, A-League) A4 club magazine available. Following the previous day’s game at South Jersey, I would have travelled back from Philadelphia to New York. I then took a local train from Manhattan to Central Islip station, from where I walked some three miles to the Suffolk County Sports Park, a stadium built only the year before, which is also the home of two other sports teams, called the Long Island Ducks, and the Long Island Lizards. They play baseball and lacrosse respectively. If you look at the soccer club’s Wikipedia page, there is an amazing list of eight different grounds the club has used for home games since then!

2011 (Friday) – Ullern IF 5 Holand IL 1 (Norway, Division 3, Group 3) A showery evening, the synthetic pitch had some standing water on it. See link to WDYG on old forum;

2017 (Saturday) – Limerick FC 2 St Patricks Athletic 2 (Eire, Premier Division, attendance 1,470) See link to old forum for WDYG post; http://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/f...search_string=limerick;guest=336830506#814891

2018 (Sunday) - Ullensaker/Kisa IL 2 Sandnes ULF 2 (Norway, second tier, attendance 465) No programme, although they did issue an A5 programme on my visit to the old ground some years ago. This match was played at the home club’s new stadium on the north-east outskirts of Jessheim, a town that is not far from Oslo’s main airport. It is a massive improvement on the club’s old and basic ground, which is now covered by new houses. There are elevated covered stands on two sides, but not much around the other two sides although these could presumably be developed further if needed. The ticket which I was given was unusual as it resembled a supermarket till receipt. A print-at-home ticket would have made a better souvenir than that!
 

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1995 (Saturday) – same Dutch game as Hoddy (although I don’t remember seeing him there) and thanks to him for the link to the highlights, which I will watch later tonight. A4 programme issued, perhaps the best ever programme I’ve seen in Dutch amateur football.

I don't remember you there either , I would guess I was with 3 others who you know quite well.
 

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I have a revisit on this date, which I guess proves that I like football ;)

1996 Catforth & District Summer Lge, Div 1: Goosnargh 3 Bilsborrow 0 (att 33)
Continuing a summer of Euro 96 games punctuated by summer league football. Goosnargh played on a pitch on the village green. They were later renamed Goosnargh Village FC, but don't seem to have a team at the moment.

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1997 Catforth & District Summer Lge, Div 4: Bleasdale 1 Plough (Grimsargh) 10 (20)
My records show the first half was 40 minutes, and the second just 35, which confirms just how one-sided this was. The visitors scored seven before half-time. Bleasdale Playing Field was one of the remotest venues in the Catforth League. From memory you had to drive up what appeared to be a private road to reach it. The club disappeared after the foot and mouth outbreak, before a brief return to summer league football at a different (and less interesting) home ground.

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1998 FIFA World Cup, Gp C: Saudi Arabia 2 South Africa 2 (31,800) at FC Girondins de Bordeaux
The first time I've seen games on the same date in different years that were part of a single season. As my 1997/8 season, which began at Ards and included the above match at Bleasdale, continued until my final World Cup match (a few days after this one). This wasn't the biggest draw of the World Cup, what with neither team likely to make it to the next round and France playing at the same time, but I recall it was a lively and entertaining game. It took a look at the World Cup's Wiki page to remind me that it included three penalties, all scored. Bordeaux have of course since left the Parc Lescure.

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2004 UEFA European Championship, QF: Portugal 2 England 2 6-5 on pens (65,000) at SL Benfica
Eleven days after ticking Benfica's stadium for England's group game against France I returned for a memorable quarter final defeat, naturally on penalties. I was on a charter day trip for this, organised by the Co-op's travel company. I'd started working for the Co-op earlier that year (no staff discounts available on England trips though). Initially I wasn't too concerned when our flight was showing as 'delayed' in the terminal at Manchester Airport, as we'd have hours in Lisbon ahead of the 7.45pm kick off. But as the hours went by frustration grew and it became touch and go whether we'd make it at all. I think there'd been a problem with the plane, and then once a replacement was sourced there were issues with the flight crew and whether they'd be allowed to fly or require compulsory breaks. I think we had a police escort from the airport to the stadium, and I got to my seat as the national anthems were beginning.


2007 Moray Welfare League, Div 1: St Marnans 1 Elgin Albion 5 (11)
The day after visiting Dingwall Thistle. I remember it was pouring with rain on Sunday morning in Inverness, to the extent that I had doubts whether this would be on. The McRobert Park pitch in Aberchirder was fine though. St Marnans have since switched to winter football, and now play in the Aberdeenshire Amateur League.

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2017 League of Ireland, Premier Div: Limerick 2 St Patrick's Athletic 2 (1,470)
Same match as Chris1963, and the fifth ground where I've seen Limerick at home game on. There seemed to a be a buzz about the club at time, sad that it didn't last.

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Sunday 24th June 2018

England 6 Panama 1 (43,319)

A fascinating and enjoyable 4 days in Nizhny Novgorod. The city was the largest provider of military equipment for the eastern front and duly became a closed city until 1990. I stayed 9 miles away with the journey to the centre costing about 28p on a new metro link. As the only England fan in my hotel I became a bit of a novelty to the locals, who insisted in paying for my drinks and meals. Although the stadium was a new build it was mightily impressive and the game was ok too.
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I have just one match on this date, and you won't be hearing from me at all tomorrow:

2000: Euro 2000 Quarter Final - Italy 2 - 0 Romania - Att: 41,000
This match was played at the Heysal Stadium (KIng Baudouin Stadium) in Brussels. It is the only time I have been to this ground; rather bland in its rebuilt form, with poor spectator sightlines. It was a bit of a damp squib ending to our Euro 2000 campaign; a match that many had expected to feature Italy v England. There were perhaps as many England supporters in the stadium as those of Romania and Italy combined, so we clearly were not the only ones who had bought tickets in anticipation. We were left reflecting on what had been a competition of two very different halves - vibrant and enjoyable in the Netherlands and all a bit grey and hostile in Belgium. Goals today from Totti and Inzaghi as Itlay swatted Romania aside.
 

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Your getting there but they don't go for the football they go for the tick of ground , it could have been a rugby / lacrosse etc game .
By leaving games early they obviously ( I know you like that word ) have no interest in whatever was being played.

I'm so glad you enjoy my curiosities , hope I can explain more to you in the future as you tend not to grasp things straight away.

Take care.
BUT THEY STILL ENJOY IT. Whatever they watch. If it is not your thing what diffetence does it make.
Insults were not necessary. I thought you were better than that. Clearly not.
 

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BUT THEY STILL ENJOY IT. Whatever they watch. If it is not your thing what diffetence does it make.
Insults were not necessary. I thought you were better than that. Clearly not.
Yes they enjoy leaving early. Insults pleease. Just little quips. Will add smilies next time if you take things like that seriously.
I could have taken exception to you saying I post curisities but no I smiled. That says the difference between us 😄😇😋
 

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Come on Hod. It was a bit beyond a tongue in cheek quip. That is the difference. Like I said. I thought better of you. Don't make it worse than you already have. Post ended.
 

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Hopefully your adventures on the 24th June were a little less hazardous
In 1995 i went to Rhodes Avenue, old home of BSFC, for my wedding reception.
Despite the lack of a programme, we're still together.
 

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RETRO Part 2. (All new material ).
I'll try not to upset the prissy amongst us this time.

2006.


Saturday @ 14-30.
UEFA Inter Toto (North) Round 1 (2nd leg).
Carmarthen Town 1 v 3 Tampere United.

@ Latham Park , Newtown.
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Carmarthen - Mark Ovendale , Danny Thomas , Luke Hardy , Craig Lima , Martyn Giles , Colin Loss ,
Neil Smothers , Nathan Cotterrall , Mark Dodds , Kris Thomas (1) , Kaid Mohamed.
Subs - Wayne Jones for Lima , Sasha Walters for Loss , Matthew Davies for Mohamed.
Manager - Mark Jones.

Tampere - Mikko Kaven , Vasile Marchis , Jussi Kuoppala , Heikki Aho , Antti Hynenen , Jussi-Pekka Savolainen , Sakjari Saarinen , Jarkko Wiss , Kari Sainio , Aristides Pertot , Ville Lehtinen (3).
Subs- Antti Ojanpera for Savolainen J-P , Juska Savolainen for Lehtinen ,Risto Ojanen for Pertot.
Manager - Ari Hjelm.

Referee - Hannes Kaasik ( Estonia ).

This was a season of change for the Inter Toto Cup going from 3 qualifiers that went into the UEFA Cup Round 1 to 11 qualifiers that went into the UEFA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round.
Also it went from 5 rounds to 3.
The competition was only to last anothercouple of seasons before it was gobbled up by the UEFA Cup and a new competition was begun , the Europa League for 2009/10.

The game could not be played at Carmarthens ground Richmond Park because it was not up to UEFA regulations and they had to play it 85 miles awy in Newtown , Mid Wales.
They were in the process of constructing a 1,000 seater stand at their home base and this was ready for the following season and they played Brann Bergen at home.

Unfortunately the game above was all over , Carmarthen had been given a hiding in Tampere by 5-0 and were behind after 8 mins at Latham Park when Ville Lehtinen opened his account with a header from a Wiss cross.
Carmathens Kris Thomas scored a 20 yarder when set up after a mazy run by Mohamed after 36 minutes..
Lehtinen got his second two minutes later scoring from a Pertot cross.

He completed his hat trick after 48 minutes when Saarinen broke away and set up Ville to get his match ball.
He did have a spell at Sheffield United but as far as I can see never played a league game , but he has had an interesting career.
He has made many records untitled.png.-357863_pri__20180628144111_ville_lehtinen.jpg
Been involved in a sex scandal - https://www.standard.co.uk/hp/front/soccer-star-slept-with-sex-case-woman-6942350.html
15 x games , 0 x 0-0's. 2 x double's images.png 13 x foreign.

Some other games visited on this date ( Top tier + Internationals + oddities ).

2001 Hobscheid 1 v 1 Dinamo Minsk.
2007 Silute 1 v 1 Atlantas.
2016 Fram 2 v 1 Leiknir ( 18-00 ).
2016 Throttur 0 v 5 Fjolnir (20-00 ).
2017 Miory 1 v 4 Glubokaye ( 12-00 ).
2017 Torpedo Zhodina 1 v 2 Shakhtor ( 18-00 ).
2018 Alga 5 v 0 Ilbirs.

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From the old forum, 2015:

Pre Season Friendly
Brechin City v Aberdeen, 2-8, H.T. 1-5, Att 1029, Admission £6, No Programmes or Teamsheets, Steak Pie £2
At Glebe Park

With a trip to Macedonia next week, Aberdeen have been quick out of the blocks with their pre-season preparation. They defeated TNS at the weekend in a low-key match as they seek match sharpness.

Brechin provided better opposition than the scoreline suggests. They’ve had a changed of Manager in the Summer and new boss Darren Dods has lost quite a few of last season’s team. Consequently they had 14 trialists in their squad of 21 players. Aberdeen were more or less at full strength.

The tackling was keen and not what you’d expect from such an early Friendly. I’m sure that will have pleased the Dons management although Brechin will have been disappointed to have had trialist Jordan Allan stretchered off.

New skipper Ryan Jack gave the Dons a 7th minute lead with a curling lob. B rechin should have equalised in the 15th minute when they were awarded a penalty – Willo Flood would have been red carded in a competitive game for his late challenge in the box but, being a friendly, nothing was said or done. Brown saved Tapping’s spot kick with his legs. Two quick goals from Adam Rooney, the second a penalty, made it 3-0 before the half hour. Brechin pulled a goal back with a sweet finish by Andy Jackson on 33 minutes but further goals from Peter Pawlett and Shay Logan had the Dons 5-1 up by the interval.

Rooney completed his hat trick with another penalty just after the break. Robert Thomson grabbed another for Brechin before Johnny Hayes and Michael Rose concluded the scoring.

Decent crowd with around 700 down from Aberdeen. Brechin don’t normally issue programmes so it was no surprise there was none tonight. They usually give away an advertising sheet but that was also absent. In fact, there wasn’t even a teamsheet of any sort – Brechin understandably reckoned there was no point with 14 unnamed trialists in their squad.

The steak pie would have bene nice if it was hot. I usually park in the town centre and enter Glebe Park from the well-hidden cemetery end gates rather than struggling to park near the main entrances.

A nice way to start the new season – I might be tempted back to Brechin on Sunday when Aberdeen play St Johnstone there with a 1pm Kick Off.

UPDATE

I wasn’t tempted back on the Sunday. Little changed for Aberdeen over the intervening six years – still finishing just behind the leaders of the SPFL and flattering to deceive. Derek McInnes departed as Manager this Summer and the club probably needed a change.

As for Brechin . . . at the end of 2016/17 they were promoted to the Championship via the Play Offs. They were relegated to League One in 2017/18. They were relegated again, to League two in 2018/19. In the curtailed 2019/20 season they were saved from a relegation Play off by the suspension of the season and the cancellation of play offs. Last season, 2020/1, they again finished bottom of the heap and were relegated to the Highland League after losing to Kelty Hearts. There’s a load of crap been written about Brechin being “bottom feeders” who deserved that they got – not true. Since the early 1980s Brechin have largely been a successful and well run club, spending longer out of the bottom division than in it. Hopefully they will be back where they belong in the SPFL soon.
 

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In 1995 i went to Rhodes Avenue, old home of BSFC, for my wedding reception.
Despite the lack of a programme, we're still together.
I hope you have now made it to 26 years - Happy Anniversary
 

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The least active date for me so far

1999 Llandyrnog & District Village Clubs Summer League Llandyrnog v Trefnant 6-2

2017 Kingstone Press Cider National Conference Division Three
Barrow Island v Eastmoor Dragons 24-40

Played on the second pitch after the main one was put out of action following failed drainage work rendering it unplayable for a number of seasons. Not sure if it is back to being playable as yet, current unrelated restrictions aside of course.

The ground I saw a game on was fully enclosed and roped off. The pitch has one hell of a camber to it meaning from one end you can’t see the base of the other set of posts. There was a programme. It was a decent game too. This venue (different pitch) was also the home of former West Lancashire Football League club SDO (Shipping Design Office) Rangers and their name still appeared on a changing room door.
Met up with Andy Sneddon & daughter by chance at this match. On a sunny afternoon it was a pleasant trip and day out to Barrow-in-Furness. It seems a long time ago now, but is just three years of course.
Barrow Island entrance (but not the pitch I saw them on)

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RETRO Part 2. (All new material ).
I'll try not to upset the prissy amongst us this time.

2006.


Saturday @ 14-30.
UEFA Inter Toto (North) Round 1 (2nd leg).
Carmarthen Town 1 v 3 Tampere United.

@ Latham Park , Newtown.
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Carmarthen - Mark Ovendale , Danny Thomas , Luke Hardy , Craig Lima , Martyn Giles , Colin Loss ,
Neil Smothers , Nathan Cotterrall , Mark Dodds , Kris Thomas (1) , Kaid Mohamed.
Subs - Wayne Jones for Lima , Sasha Walters for Loss , Matthew Davies for Mohamed.
Manager - Mark Jones.

Tampere - Mikko Kaven , Vasile Marchis , Jussi Kuoppala , Heikki Aho , Antti Hynenen , Jussi-Pekka Savolainen , Sakjari Saarinen , Jarkko Wiss , Kari Sainio , Aristides Pertot , Ville Lehtinen (3).
Subs- Antti Ojanpera for Savolainen J-P , Juska Savolainen for Lehtinen ,Risto Ojanen for Pertot.
Manager - Ari Hjelm.

Referee - Hannes Kaasik ( Estonia ).

This was a season of change for the Inter Toto Cup going from 3 qualifiers that went into the UEFA Cup Round 1 to 11 qualifiers that went into the UEFA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round.
Also it went from 5 rounds to 3.
The competition was only to last anothercouple of seasons before it was gobbled up by the UEFA Cup and a new competition was begun , the Europa League for 2009/10.

The game could not be played at Carmarthens ground Richmond Park because it was not up to UEFA regulations and they had to play it 85 miles awy in Newtown , Mid Wales.
They were in the process of constructing a 1,000 seater stand at their home base and this was ready for the following season and they played Brann Bergen at home.

Unfortunately the game above was all over , Carmarthen had been given a hiding in Tampere by 5-0 and were behind after 8 mins at Latham Park when Ville Lehtinen opened his account with a header from a Wiss cross.
Carmathens Kris Thomas scored a 20 yarder when set up after a mazy run by Mohamed after 36 minutes..
Lehtinen got his second two minutes later scoring from a Pertot cross.

He completed his hat trick after 48 minutes when Saarinen broke away and set up Ville to get his match ball.
He did have a spell at Sheffield United but as far as I can see never played a league game , but he has had an interesting career.
He has made many records View attachment 13968.-View attachment 13974
Been involved in a sex scandal - https://www.standard.co.uk/hp/front/soccer-star-slept-with-sex-case-woman-6942350.html
15 x games , 0 x 0-0's. 2 x double's View attachment 13969 13 x foreign.

Some other games visited on this date ( Top tier + Internationals + oddities ).

2001 Hobscheid 1 v 1 Dinamo Minsk.
2007 Silute 1 v 1 Atlantas.
2016 Fram 2 v 1 Leiknir ( 18-00 ).
2016 Throttur 0 v 5 Fjolnir (20-00 ).
2017 Miory 1 v 4 Glubokaye ( 12-00 ).
2017 Torpedo Zhodina 1 v 2 Shakhtor ( 18-00 ).
2018 Alga 5 v 0 Ilbirs.

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You just can't help yourself can you?
 

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Sunday 24th June 2018

England 6 Panama 1 (43,319)

A fascinating and enjoyable 4 days in Nizhny Novgorod. The city was the largest provider of military equipment for the eastern front and duly became a closed city until 1990. I stayed 9 miles away with the journey to the centre costing about 28p on a new metro link. As the only England fan in my hotel I became a bit of a novelty to the locals, who insisted in paying for my drinks and meals.
I wonder where all the other English fans were staying?
 

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At home, recovering from the shock of the previous day's victory at the polling station.
 

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