Posts Categorized: Interview

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 »

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 »

Thoughts on Tottenham Chelsea Wembley groundshare from Spurs News

Tottenham Chelsea at Wembley

With work due to begin on the redevelopment of White Hart Lane in the summer of next year Spurs fans still don’t know where they will be travelling to follow their side. With talk of a Tottenham Chelsea Wembley groundshare across the tabloids we caught up with MF of Spurs news to get his thoughts. Groundsman: What do you think of the idea of moving to Wembley while White Hart Lane is redeveloped? MF: I’d rather not thanks. The rake of the seats is too shallow until you get into the Gods, it’s predominantly red, the beer is rubbish, it’s… Read more »

Tottenham Chelsea Wembley groundshare – view from the Bridge

David Chidgey Chelsea Football FanCast

Chelsea and Spurs are set to start major ground redevelopment projects on their current sites which will see the clubs seeking temporary homes. Both sides have reportedly expressed an interest in using the National Stadium leading to talk of the possibility of a groundshare. We caught up with David ‘Stamford Chidge’ Chidgey from the Chelsea FanCast to get a view from Stamford Bridge… Groundsman: What do you think of the idea of moving to Wembley while your ground is redeveloped? David: Well obviously we’ll have to move somewhere. It’s not ideal but I think most supporters are prepared to put… 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 »

We Welcome the Hive Stadium to the 92

Barnet FC Hive Stadium

After two years out of the Football League Barnet returned to the 92 clinching the Vanarama Conference crown. However the Bees return in a much different state to which they left. For seasons they were dogged in relegation battles that finally got the better of them, but now they are back brimming with confidence and in smart new facilities. We caught up with sports reporter for the north London Times series Tom Bodell to find out more. Groundsman: Claiming the title after leading the way for so long – obviously you’re delighted – did you always feel you had enough… Read more »

Season Preview: The Memorial Stadium returns to the 92

Bristol rovers open top bus parade promotion conference playoffs 2015

The Conference play off final signalled a remarkable turn around for Bristol Rovers. Just over 12 months after being relegated at their own ground, by a team wearing their own kit and only being in the bottom 2 on the last day of the season (you couldn’t make that up!) the Gas bounced back. We caught up with Rovers fan of over 25 years and editor of acclaimed new book ‘Away The Gas’ Martin Bull to find out more about their return. Groundsman: Bouncing back at the first attempt is no mean feat – obviously you’re delighted – did you… Read more »

92 Club Interview

Dave Grant joins the 92 cub at Morecambe's Globe Arena

Groundhopper Dave Grant didn’t hang about topping up his 92, heading to the Hive, the new home of Barnet FC for a preseason encounter against MK Dons. We caught up with Dave to find out more about his journey to reach the magical 92 mark… Groundsman: What was the first ground you ticked off your list? Dave: The first ground I ticked off my list was Edgeley Park, the home of Stockport County when I was 6 months old. Sadly no longer part of the 92. My father was looking after me that day and took me to the game… Read more »