Monthly Archives: September 2016

Liverpool Beat Rivals to claim Stadium Accolade

The new main stand at Anfield the home of Liverpool fc

Based on research surrounding the overall fan experience, and after collecting data from both home and away supporters throughout the Premier League, Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium has come out on top as the number one ranked team in the Premier League for the 2015/16 campaign. The award was presented to the club by VisitFootball as part of their Assures Stadium Assessment Scheme, and will undoubtedly please those within the club who have worked so hard on the latest redevelopments within the famous ground. As well as this, it was a double success for Liverpool, with the club also being handed top… Read more »

Ed Wood sets out to break the World Record for Doing the 92 (93)

Ed Wood Guinness World record attempt doing the 92 in aid of Prostate cancer UK

For most of us doing the 92 league grounds is a challenge that takes years, decades, even a life time. Now imagine completing the 92 well within a year…for the second time! Well imagine no more, that is what Ed Wood from Derby is setting out to do and in World Record time! We caught up with Ed to find out what, why and how… Groundsman: How long did the 92 take last time and how much quicker do you need to do it to reclaim the record? Ed: The original record was set at 264 days by Mike Jones… Read more »

Adam Thurston groundhop at the Cardiff City Stadium

Adam Thurston video blog from the Cardiff City Stadium Leeds United

Vlogger Adam Thurston heads to the Welsh capital at Leeds were in Town. In the away end with mate Matt the groundhopper from Bristol gets the full away day experience in amongst the very local 2000+ away support. (Warning, as you can expect there are a few choice words from the stands!) Ground Ratings: Atmosphere 4/5: It was an incredible atmosphere with the away fans which was where I was located but the home atmosphere wasn’t up to much so that is why I haven’t given it the 5! Location 2.5/5: From Bristol it is an easy journey but as… Read more »

#terracetuesday – Respecting Football Heritage

terrace at exeter city st james' park

As football fans, there are many things we love about watching our beautiful game. That 94th winner bent into top bins away from home. A worldly from that new youth player in his first few games, celebrated right in front of you. The cocky away fan, stacking it hard, as he trips over his goofy mate who has been taunting you all game. But it’s where you watch the game that counts. That stand, with a restricted view, overlooking the Humber Estuary with the ships sailing across. The view from the largest terrace in the English football league. Those wooden… Read more »

A trip to Blundell Park doing the 92

View from the Young's Upper to the Humber Estuary

Blogger pb1uk reports back from the Lincolnshire coast as newly promoted Grimsby Town continued to settle back into life in League 2 against Crewe. Ground: Blundell Park (62/92) Game: Grimsby Town 0-2 Crewe Alexandra Date: 17/09/2016 After the National League Play-off Final in May I was delighted that Grimsby Town had finally made it back to the Football League. That’s nothing against Forest Green, but a trip to the coast and a ground with the character of Blundell Park is perfect fodder for any groundhopper. With a 100 mile trip from my base in the East Midlands I was determined… Read more »

A family affair at the ABAX Stadium

Peterborough United v Swindon Town league 1 2016

Blogger Michael Pilcher sets the standard for parents doing the 92 combining a great day out that’s light on the wallet with another tick off the list. Read and learn… Ground 81/92: ABAX Stadium, Peterborough Peterborough United 2 – 2 Swindon Town 3rd September 2016 After my successful experiment of taking my five-year-old twin daughters to Priestfield for the EFL Trophy in midweek, they had already asked “Can we go to football again on Saturday?” Most parents might have been tempted to fob them off with a standard “Maybe” or “We’ll see” to keep them at bay, perhaps hoping they’d… Read more »

Yeovil Town make the trip to Goodison Park

St Luke's Church goodison park

Blogger pb1uk reports back on a trip to the blue half of Merseyside as his journey to the 92 club continues. Yeovil Town were the visitors, making the long midweek trip from Somerset for the EFL Cup tie. Ground: Goodison Park (60/92) Game: Everton 4-0 Yeovil Town Date: 23/08/2016   The early rounds of the Cup competitions are a great way for groundhoppers to see their teams at grounds normally out of bounds. Due to family and work commitments usually i’d be unable to take advantage of this as the 33 grounds left on my 92 are each probably at… Read more »

Derby Day: England’s five most hostile football grounds

the Den the home of Milwall FC

With the Manchester derby this weekend, we take a look at five of England’s best stadiums for atmosphere – find out whether your club’s footballing haven features below… Elland Road Leeds United aren’t quite the dominant force that they were during the 1970s but Elland Road remains home to one of the most passionate fanbases in English football – especially when they face Huddersfield Town or Sheffield Wednesday. On their day, the Elland Road faithful are capable of striking fear into Leeds’ opponents and the Whites may be set for a return to the top flight in the near future. And with… Read more »

The Priestfield Stadium welcomes the next generation

The Rainham end at the priestfield stadium gillingham

With just a dozen grounds left to go regular Michael Pilcher went back to where it all began. The Gills fan returned to his spiritual home to pass the baton on to the next generation. Ground 1/92: The Priestfield Gillingham 1 – 2 Luton Town 30th August 2016 Having fairly recently ticked off ground number 80, my latest blog isn’t about ground number 81 on my quest towards the 92, but instead, I’m going all the back to ground number 1: Priestfield, Gillingham. I won’t be reviewing my Priestfield debut (Gillingham 1 Arsenal 3, August 1994) or my competitive… Read more »

The Stadium Hoppers welcome in the new season

tottenham's white hart lane adorned with a stadium hoppers map

You may recall last year we spoke with the guys behind the fantastic Stadium Hoppers Map. Fast forward a season and we thought it was time for a catch up! Groundsman: How did you guys keep busy over the summer? Richard: Well whilst the season was done a good Stadium Hopper never stops! We had the opportunity to play at Kenilworth Road just after the season closed and managed to get to a couple of new grounds over the holidays too… However, our main focus has of course been planning the new Stadium Hoppers scratch football map for the new… Read more »