Posts Categorized: Opinion

7 keys points you need to know about Shrewsbury’s safe standing initiative

Mock up of how the safe standing installation at Shrewsbury Town will look

This week saw the safe standing/rail seating movement in England and Wales take a huge step forward in Shropshire. League One side Shrewsbury Town went live with their initiative to fan-fund the first safe standing installation in the 92. Being long standing advocates of the concept we went along to the launch evening at the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium to find out more. During the presentations fans and media heard from the key players in the project and had opportunities to ask questions. It was refreshing to hear club CEO Brian Caldwell speak about how they had listened to the… Read more »

92 before 30 – Stadium MK home of MK Dons

Stadium Mk the home of MK Dons

Blogger Katie recounts a trip to Stadium MK, the home of League One side MK Dons as she continues her journey to reach the 92 club before turning 30. Ground: Stadium MK (71/92) Game: MK Dons 0-3 Sheffield United Date: 22/04/2017 Thoughts about the ground Stadium MK is about 2 miles out of Milton Keynes centre so I hopped on a bus outside the train station to navigate the roundabouts for me. Everything at the train station is brilliantly signposted and there are 3 or 4 buses which take you right past the ground so you’re never waiting too long… Read more »

Planning a big finale?

Plymouth Argyle and Southampton FC match day programmes from the 1980s

‘Doing the 92…’ it has a bit of a ring to it doesn’t it? I was seven years old when my dad took me to my nearest, and first, league ground to see Plymouth Argyle v Swindon Town on Boxing Day 1981. Home Park was rather more terraced than it is today and my only recollection is the referee falling over after giving a free kick, funny what you remember isn’t it? Fast-forward 18 months and I am stood in my house wearing a full Southampton FC kit, a ‘bribe’ by my parents to make our move from Sunny Salcombe… Read more »

6 top tips to tick grounds off your 92 league grounds checklist

football league tickets from mccoys

the92.net cofounder and blogger Pete shares 6 tips for helping you to tick grounds off your 92 league grounds checklist. 1. Keep an eye on the early rounds of the Cup competitions The domestic cup competitions are a great way to tick grounds off your 92, especially the early ties. The first couple of rounds of games in the EFL Cup and EFL Trophy (JPT, Checkatrade or whatever it’s called!?) are midweek in the first few months of the season and the majority of clubs slash ticket prices for these. As a fan this can often to throw up the… 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 »

Villa Park – A stadium that deserves Premier League football

Villa Park the home of Aston Villa

The once vibrant Villa Park located in Birmingham’s B6 area has cut a lonely figure this season after the side that has played there for 119 years endured one of the worst if not the worst domestic campaigns in living memory. Aston Villa, a club who have won everything there is to win in the game including the European Cup back in 1982 thanks to some heroics from Villa legend Peter Withe, have broken the hearts of fans and football purists alike with the poor form they’ve served up on the football field this season. Located just a stone’s throw… Read more »

What does the future hold for West Ham United?

West Ham Olympic Stadium

West Ham United are one of England’s oldest and most prestigious football clubs. After plying their trade at the Boleyn Ground since 1904, the Hammers are set to move to the vacant Olympic Stadium at the beginning of next season and Slaven Bilic’s men are playing some lovely football that is certainly suited to their new home. West Ham are on the cusp of challenging for a Champions League spot this season and, with a bit of luck, their star men may lead them to Europe’s elite club competition. The Boleyn Ground, otherwise known as Upton Park, has been a… Read more »

Unity now needed if Middlesbrough are to gain promotion

Middlesborough Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough return after the international break with nine games remaining this season. David Nugent’s 90th minute winner against Hull means Boro are five points off top spot in the table and a point behind second-placed Brighton when the Championship resumes. Boro boss Aitor Karanka has now confirmed that his future will be at the Riverside Stadium. The Spaniard did not take charge of the North East club’s trip to Charlton earlier this month and that row clearly had a negative effect on the team as they were beaten 2-0 by the Championship strugglers at the Valley. Now that Karanka has… Read more »