Monthly Archives: September 2015

92 before 30 – the Madejski Stadium Reading

Reading FC Madjeski Stadium selfie

Blogger Katie recounts a trip to the Madejski Stadium, the home of Reading as she continues her journey to reach the 92 club before turning 30. Ground: The Madejski Stadium Game: Reading 1-1 Cardiff Date: 04/04/2015 Thoughts on the ground: The Madejski is a purpose built out of town ground with a hotel built into the west stand. There are plenty of shuttle buses just outside the station which take you directly to the ground so it’s easy enough to get to. I find with many modern grounds (and this one is no different) that there doesn’t seem to be… Read more »

The Tricky Trees visit the John Smith’s Stadium

Huddersfield town john smith's stadium

Blogger Peter Briers hits his half century doing the 92, heading to Yorkshire as Huddersfield Town entertained Nottingham Forest. Ground: The John Smith’s Stadium 50/92 Game: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Nottingham Forest Date: 24/09/2015 Thoughts on the ground: I had earmarked the weekend of the 26th/27th to tick a couple of new grounds off my 92. With Middlesbrough’s clash with Leeds at the Riverside on the Sunday and Forest’s trip to Huddersfield on the Saturday completing the double – however my plans were scuppered by the latter being moved forward 48 hours for Sky, which I found ridiculous. I can understand… Read more »

91 down one to go at the Broadfield Stadium!

crawley town v yeovil town in league 2

They say doing the 92 is a marathon not a sprint, but blogger Tim Dove is now in the sprint – if this were the Marathon at the London Olympics he’d be entering the last 400 metres on the Olympic Stadium track… Ground: Broadfield Stadium 91/92 Game: Crawley Town 0-1 Yeovil Town Date: 19/09/2015 Thoughts on the ground: Crawley Town was one of the grounds remaining on my ‘to visit’ list for two reasons: my own side had yet to play here and the fact it was so far away from home. So it became my penultimate ground of… Read more »

Doing the 92 League Grounds in 72 hours for a good cause

doing the 92 in 72 hours route map

We all know doing the 92 is mammoth journey that over the course of a life time some won’t achieve, so imagine trying to get round all the grounds in one go! That’s exactly what Martin Lane, his mother and father in-law Sue and Dave Loder and family friend Simon Ward are attempting to do. We caught up with Martin before they set off on their adventure to find out when, why and how… Groundsman: How did the idea of doing the 92 come about? Martin: In my Mother-In-Laws Pub (where the best ideas come from!) with my Father-In-Law. We… Read more »

Is there a buzz around the Hive Stadium?

Barnet's ground

It was 1 down 2 to go for blogger Tim Dove this weekend. As he closes in on the magical 92 mark Tim made the journey to the Hive Stadium, the new home of Barnet FC. Ground: The Hive 90/92 Game: Barnet 0-0 Cambridge United Date: 29/08/2015 Thoughts on the ground: I’d previously been to Barnet when they played at Underhill in 1999 but following their promotion as Champions from the now National League, this was an early opportunity to visit “The Hive”. Barnet FC moved to this purpose built stadium and training complex in 2013. The stadium itself can… Read more »

Interview with former Blackpool and Southampton striker Brett Ormerod

Former Blackpool and Southampton striker Brett Ormerod playing for Padiham

With a career spanning over 20 years Brett Ormerod has amassed over 340 appearances up and down the football pyramid having played for the likes to Blackpool, Southampton, Preston and Accrington Stanley. Indeed the striker has the very rare honour of not only having played in every division for the same club, Blackpool, but to have scored in each as well. We caught up with Brett for a quick chat to find out more about his experiences at the 92 grounds… Groundsman: Which ground has the best atmosphere you’ve experienced? Brett: St James Park, Newcastle and Elland Road Leeds. There… Read more »

Interview: Playing Offside: A Journey To The Grounds Of All 92 Professional League Clubs

Playing Offside: A Journey To The Grounds Of All 92 Professional League Clubs by Daniel Gee

Doing the 92 league grounds is more than just the football. It’s about the whole match day experience and seeing how this varies across the country along the way picking up tales and advice, so much so you could probably write a book about it. That is actually what Daniel Gee is doing! We caught up with the budding author to find out more about his journey and putting pen to paper… Groundsman: What inspired you to write about your journey doing the 92? Daniel: I’ve always enjoyed football, travelling and writing, so it seemed like an obvious thing to… Read more »

Revisiting the Kassam Stadium

kassam stadium oxford united

Blogger and Yeovil Town fan Peter returned to the Kassam Stadium as the Glovers looked to build on an impressive comeback against Luton. Ground: The Kassam Stadium 49/92 (2nd visit) Game: Oxford United 2-0 Yeovil Town Date: 29/08/2015 Being a Yeovil fan hasn’t been the most pleasant experience for the past couple of seasons. After successive relegations and pretty much an entire new squad, which haven’t really looked like starting to gel talk of the dreaded successive triple drop has started to rear its ever so ugly head. However after last weeks comeback from 2-0 down at Huish Park against… Read more »

Qualifying for Champions League Proper: Partizan Stadium, Belgrade

A view of the crowd when Partizan took the lead 3-2

The disappointment of missing the game in the Arena Națională in Bucharest was unexplainable. Through no fault of ours, we didn’t get to the game, and it disrupted our travels, but I was on my way to watch the return leg between FK Partizan Belgrade and Steaua Bucharest. I came in from Timisora, Romania, after an early hungover start in the morning twilight, on yet another scorching Balkan day. After a short walk, I was in central Belgrade and meeting my host. After the formalities, I explained that I was hoping to go to see Partizan Belgrade game in the… Read more »