Monthly Archives: November 2015

Interview: we speak to the FSF about Twenty’s Plenty

Brentford fc fans

On the 12th November a delegation of fans led by the Football Supporters Federation delivered a letter to Premier League clubs calling for a cap of £20 on all away tickets. This in is line with the FSF’s Twenty’s Plenty Campaign which has been running since January 2013. We caught up with Director of communications at the FSF Michael Brunskill to find out more about the campaign, its progress and future plans. Groundsman: Are you pleased with the progress the Twenty’s Plenty has been making? Michael: Yes, since launching a couple of seasons ago Twenty’s Plenty has so far saved… Read more »

Back to Lancashire for a trip to Ewood Park

football league tickets from mccoys

Blogger Peter Briers returns to Lancashire for the 3rd time inside 2 months to tick Ewood Park off his 92. Ground: Ewood Park 54/92 Game: Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Brentford Date: 07/11/2015 After years of stagnation of my 92 this year I thought it was about time I made some progress. After my first trip to Lancashire to Turf Moor in October I didn’t realise how close I was being based in the East Midlands. Around 2 hours each way on a good run isn’t too bad to get a new ground. Blackburn was on my radar for this season, however… Read more »

FSF NEWS: Fans call on clubs to drop away prices ahead of Premier League meeting

Leicester fans celebrating a goal

A delegation of fans led by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) will deliver a message to Premier League clubs demanding a cut in away ticket prices. October saw price protests across the leagues which even drew support from Bayern Munich fans visiting Arsenal for their Champions League fixture. Supporters of top-flight clubs have identified tomorrow’s [Thursday 12th November] Premier League shareholders meeting as the next step in lobbying for cheaper tickets. An open letter calling for a £20 cap on all away tickets will be handed over. This is in line with the FSF’s ongoing “Twenty’s Plenty” campaign. In addition… Read more »

Tim Dove flies into the 92 club

Cherry Red Records stadium the home of afc wimbledon

We catch up with blog veteran Tim Dove to reflect on his successful journey to join the 92 club. Groundsman: Firstly congratulations on completing the 92! Which was your final ground and did you commemorate the occasion? Tim: Thanks! Brunton Park on 26/09/2015. The league match was Carlisle United vs Newport County. I celebrated the occasion by having drinks and a meal with the friends that I watched the game with. Groundsman: What was the first ground you ticked off your list? Tim: City Ground on 14/02/1987. The match was Nottingham Forest vs West Ham United in the old… Read more »

Doing the 92 league grounds in 92 hours for Children in Need

Andy Matthews, Dan Frost, Robbie Bruce and Andy Hunt fundraising 92 in 92 for children in need

Doing the 92 league grounds is a marathon that will take most a life time to complete. Imagine then trying to do a whistle stop tour of the sacred 92 grounds in just 92 hours! Well that’s exactly what Midlands based quartet Andy Matthews, Dan Frost, Robbie Bruce and Andy Hunt are aiming to do. We caught up with Rob from the group to find out what, why and when… Groundsman: What inspired you to do the 92 in one go? Rob: In 2013, two members of the current team, Andy M & Dan, completed the 20 Premier League grounds… Read more »

In search of pie-fection at the DW Stadium

Chunky steak pie for galloway's bakery wigan

Blogger Peter Briers made the trip to pie country, Lancashire, to the home of Wigan Athletic. Struggling Swindon were the visitors as they looked to turn around their poor start to the season. Ground: the DW Stadium 53/92 Game: Wigan Athletic 1-0 Swindon Town Date: 31/10/2015 Wigan is a ground that has been near the top of my list to tick off doing the 92 grounds for a couple of years now, I just hadn’t got round to getting there. With it not being a problem to get a ticket there and a free Saturday afternoon now was my chance…. Read more »

Would Spurs be happy groundsharing Wembley with Chelsea?

White Hart Lane the home of tottenham hotspur

With the rumours showing no signs of dying down the possibility of Tottenham and Chelsea shacking up together at Wembley could be happening as early as next summer. We caught up with Spurs fan site The Fighting Cock to get some opinion on the matter… Groundsman: What do you think of the idea of moving to Wembley while the Lane is redeveloped? TFC: It’s a necessary evil. No one wants to leave White Hart Lane at all – and the original Northumberland Development Project plans were meant to allow the new stadium to be build around the current one meaning… Read more »

2 in a week at the Britannia Stadium

stoke city ground

Blogger Michael Pilcher made the trip to the Potteries for some midweek Capital One Cup action. Cup holders Chelsea were the visitors as they looked to stop the rot and continue to defend their silverware. Ground: The Britannia Stadium 75/92 Game: Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea (Stoke win 5-4 on penalties) Date: 27/10/2015 I’ve heard so many variations on Andy Gray’s Lionel Messi quote that I don’t think anyone knows what the original was anymore. Did Gray say Messi would struggle “on a cold, wet Tuesday night in Stoke” or on a “wet, windy night at the Britannia”? Whichever, I –… Read more »