Monthly Archives: September 2014

Will Manchester City retain their Premier League crown?

Manchester City Etihad Stadium

The transfer window is now firmly closed to teams until January, which means the focus is totally on the actual games for now. Last season’s Premier League champs Manchester City look impressive again, although the teams that pushed them close last time – Liverpool and Chelsea – also seem ready to challenge once more. You will get odds of 11/4 from bookmakers on Manuel Pellegrini’s side bringing the title back to the Etihad again, but which are the sides that might stop them in their tracks? Well, runners-up Liverpool (11/1) look like they might be stronger this season – as… Read more »

Tim Dove ticks off Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace Newcastle league cup 2014 extra time

Blogger Tim Dove enters the final furlong of his 92 with a visit to Selhurst Park, the home of Crystal Palace. Ground: Selhurst Park 82/92 Game: Crystal Palace 2-3 Newcastle AET Date: 24/09/2014 Thoughts on the ground: Located just a short walk from the Selhurst train station Selhurst Park feels like a traditional ground but has obviously seen recent redevelopment. The stands behind the goal are the most recently re-developed at the ground. The two-tiered Holmesdale Road Stand at one end is where the noisiest home fans sit. This stand has a large lower tier, with a smaller upper tier… Read more »

Liverpool given permission to expand Anfield

Anfield Kop the home of LIverpool FC

After what seems like years of rumours Liverpool have finally got some firm approved plans in place to expand Anfield. From memory speculation on the future of the Reds ground has come and gone over the years including talk of ground sharing with local rivals Everton in a combined new build. But now the club and the fans have a clear direction as they press forward with the development of their spiritual home. This week Liverpool City Council have given the green light to start work on plans that will increase the capacity of the stadium to around sixty thousand… Read more »

Coventry City Return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry city return home to the ricoh arena

After 17 months of being ripped out the heart of their city Coventry made a welcome return to their home, the Ricoh Arena. We catch up with Sky Blues fan and writer of the blog ‘A Club Without a Home’ Tom Murden to get his thoughts on the recent events. Groundsman: First of all it’s great to see Coventry return to the Ricoh and what an occasion it was – how did it feel from a fans points of view? Tom: It can’t be topped; it will go down as one of the greatest nights in our long history! I… Read more »

Tick grounds off your 92 easier and cheaper with GoCarShare!

gocarshare sport

Have you ever found some away days difficult to get to? Be it inconvenient train times, extortionate train prices or fuel cost etc there are a number of factors nowadays that make journeys like that 600 mile round trip to Carlisle or that Tuesday night game away at Brighton difficult to make and very expensive. Step forward GoCarShare with an innovative solution to bring fellow fans together and to bring down the cost of your away days with their new sport service. The Launch: On September 24th GoCarShare will be launching it’s sport service, aimed at helping fans get to… Read more »

Tim Dove heads to Accrington’s Crown Ground

Accrington Stanley Crown Ground

Long time member Tim Dove makes his blogging debut. A veteran in the ground-hopping stakes, Tim recounts ticking the 80th ground off his 92 as he heads to Accrington Stanley… who are they? Ground: The Crown Ground 80/92 Game: Accrington Stanley 1-0 AFC Wimbledon Date: 13/09/2014 Thoughts on the ground: Very much a traditional ground in that it is surrounded by houses but in that sense and with its close interaction with the fans, Accrington Stanley are proud to be a club in the community. On approaching the ground it does look on the small side and the surrounding… Read more »

Ollie Marsh heads to the Ricoh Arena with the Glovers

Yeovil Town away at Coventry city's Ricoh Arena

Coventry city’s recent relocation back home meant a late change of destination for Yeovil fans. Ollie Marsh, part of the Glovers travelling support made the trip to the Ricoh Arena and reports back. Game: Coventry City 2-1 Yeovil Town Date: 13/09/2014 Thoughts on the ground: I travelled to the Ricoh Arena as part of Yeovil’s travelling supporters, with Yeovil being the second opponents since Coventry City’s return. I missed the Glovers’ last match at the Ricoh Arena and didn’t think I would get another chance, however the news of the Sky Blues’ return made this away game a no-brainer. The… Read more »

Non League Day visit to Long Eaton United for the FA Vase

Grange Park Long Eaton v Arnold Town fa vase

Blogger Peter Briers took a break from doing the 92 league grounds to visit his local club to support Non League Day. With a break from Premiership and Championship football coupled with the new spread out format on international fixtures to maximise TV revenues and exposure the usual Saturday packed full of Football was looking rather sparse. Step forward Non League Day, set up in 2010 it has grown to be an extremely popular nationwide event that gives clubs at the grassroots of English Football a real platform. Seeing as my local team Long Eaton United of the Midlands Football… Read more »

What the FA’s plans could mean for your club – Ipswich Town #sayNoToLeague3

Ipswich fans on the away terrace at Huish Park

As Greg Dyke refuses to give up on his plans to interfere with the English football pyramid we speak to Ipswich Town fan Tom Bloomfield about how the Portman Road club could be effected. Groundsman: Initially, what are you thoughts on the FA’s proposal to bring in B teams to the lower leagues? Tom: It’s a good idea, just not for this country. The people that point out the success it has had in other countries fail to realise that England has a rich professional league system unlike any other country in the world. Nowhere else will you find 18,000… Read more »