Posts Categorized: Ground review

A seven goal thriller in the FA Cup at Vale Park

The Railway stand at Vale Park the home of Port Vale

Blogger Peter Briers takes in the FA Cup first round tie between Port Vale and Milton Keynes Dons at Vale Park to reach the halfway point of his 92. Ground: Vale Park 46/92 Game: Port Vale 3-4 MK Dons Date: 08/11/2014 With the build up to the first round of the FA Cup greater than i have ever experienced i really felt i wanted to be part of it. I must say the BBC are making a terrific job of the FA Cup coverage thus far, giving the competition the exposure and prominence it fully deserves. Looking down the fixtures… Read more »

Michael Pilcher heads to Highbury with the Gills

The main stand at Fleetwood Towns Highbury ground

Blogger Michael Pilcher continues to set the standard for us fellow groundhoppers, with a second consecutive weekend combining family with ticking off a new ground. Read and learn, it really is textbook stuff… Ground: Highbury 68/92 Game: Fleetwood Town 1-0 Gillingham Date: 01/11/2014 When the fixtures were announced in the summer, I doubt many/any Gillingham fans were looking to see when “Fleetwood (A)” was. But as someone who had still to tick off Highbury and has family in Preston, 45 minutes away, this was the one I looked for first. The fixture computer was kind, scheduling it perfectly for half-term… Read more »

Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium Reviewed

Stoke City's Britannia Stadium just before kick off in the Capital One Cup against Southampton

Blogger and co-founder Peter Briers travelled to the Britannia Stadium for some midweek Capital One Cup action. Ground: The Britannia Stadium 45/92 (2nd visit) Game: Stoke City 2-3 Southampton Date: 13/09/2014 Having ticked the Britannia off my list previously, albeit some years ago i knew what to expect. The ground is slightly different from a lot of newer stadia with the corner on one side giving it a little more personality. A crowd of just over sixteen thousand is substantially less than the usual Premier League gate and this did have an effect on the ‘famous’ Britannia atmosphere, however… Read more »

Michael Pilcher Ticks off Bootham Crescent

Thanks for your support sign at York City's Bootham Crescent, formerly Kitkat crescent

Blogger Michael Pilcher reports back on heading to York City’s Bootham Crescent in his quest to join the 92 club. Ground: Bootham Crescent 67/92 Game: York City 1-1 Mansfield Town Date: 25/10/2014 Being married has played havoc with my attempts to do the 92. Before, I could whittle myself off to all four corners of the country for games without any problems; now I have “commitments” I can’t get away with that. A game on the weekend of my 6th wedding anniversary was going to take some serious form of bribery. I picked York as the Mrs and I had… 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 »

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 »

Michael Pilcher takes in a thriller at Dagenham

Dagenham 6 - 6 Brentford Capital One Cup

A big welcome to blogger Michael Pilcher making his debut on blog – a what an entrance too! In his trip to Dagenham Michael had an evening to remember… Number 66 of 92: London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium I was thinking about putting off Dagenham & Redbridge: I was only 65 grounds into my 92 and, living in Kent, it’s the only ground I had left in close proximity. When I’m getting to my final few ticks, do I really fancy a trek up to Carlisle, or Hartlepool? Can I do it on a cold Tuesday night… Read more »

Dan Scanlon takes in St Andrews

After Aldershot was drawn against Fleetwood on the FA Cup second round we decided to look for games in order to make a weekend of it. Luckily enough Birmingham were at home on the Friday against Middlesbrough. Our last attempt to visit St Andrews was an ill-fated affair when we ended up going to Nottingham Forest, despite having tickets for Cardiff v Burnley and Birmingham v Newcastle (both called off). I was really looking forward to this game as St Andrews was a ground I’d always fancied visiting. After dropping our stuff of at the hotel we got a taxi… Read more »