The legends of the game assemble for Star Sixes at the O2

The 02 Arena ready for the Star Sixes

Budding reporter Josh Green reports back on a groundhopping trip with a difference to the capital to witness a gathering of footballing legends. Former stars from across the globe descended on the O2 Arena for the Sky Sports Star Sixes. The Star Sixes, a first of its kind tournament where the stars of yesterday collide in some titanic duels. Names such as Roberto Carlos, Deco and Paulo Di Canio, appeared during a spectacular four days of action. Surely a relatively amateur reporter such as myself wouldn’t fit in to such a star studded environment? In usual fashion I arrived five… Read more »

Following in Jamie Vardy’s footsteps: a visit to Stocksbridge Park Steels

The Jamie Vardy Stand at the Look Local Stadium Stocksbridge Park Steels

It’s a welcome to to groundhopping blogger and Peterborough United fan Josh Green. Josh will be joining us for the 17/18 season to share his experiences of doing the 92 league grounds, with a few non-league grounds thrown into the mix as well. After a two-month absence, I made my return to footballing ways in the form of Jamie Vardy’s first club; Stocksbridge Park Steels, as they took on local rivals Sheffield United at the Look Local Stadium. The friendly between the two sides has become a regular occurrence in recent years, with the step eight side benefiting from… 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 »

Introducing the Amex: The newest addition to the Premier League

Panoramic photo of the Amex Stadium the home of Brighton and Hove Albion

It’s that time of the year again when the fixtures are released and we all begin to make plans for the football season. Which stadiums have I not visited? And which ones will make for the best away day? The Premier League welcomes two new boys to its ranks; Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town, neither of whom have featured in the top flight of English football since the Premier League’s formation in 1992. For many supporters of Premier League clubs this season’s scheduled trips to Brighton and Huddersfield will be their first.  In this edition, we focus our… Read more »

A surprise tour of Bootham Crescent – Home to York City

Entrance to Bootham Crescent

The Wonderful City of York Ah, York! The wonderful winding streets. the Roman fortifications. The Gothic Minster. Pubs and restaurants a plenty. So gentle on the eye. Of course, as lovers of football grounds, how can we forget, there is Bootham Crescent, home to York City. A day trip to York in the off season meant that I could only wonder down to the ground, coupled with the customary hitch up a gate to get a peak of the ground. With the approval of the boss, we ambled to Bootham Crescent from the Museum Gardens. Maybe it is a brisk… Read more »

Easter 2in1 part 2: The Stadium of Light

Sunderland's ground the Stadium of Light

Blogger and co-founder Pete shares part 2 of his Easter 2in1 in the North East. Ground: Stadium of Light (74/92) Game: Sunderland 2-2 West Ham United Date: 15/04/2017 After the thrills and spills of an evening under the lights at St James’ Park I made my way back across town to the Travelodge. The game was enthralling, especially for a neutral, and I nipped in for a pint at a pub showing the post-match analysis en route. The Leeds equaliser was timed at 94:40 and left the Toon faithful shell-shocked. They thought the title had gone, what little did… Read more »

Sports Surfaces Through Time: Enhancing Performance

Football pitch

The performance of the players in any given sports game is dependent upon many factors. It would be foolish to ignore the impact that sports surfaces have on player performance. A good pitch will help the players to do their best and bad pitch may hinder them. Throughout history, teams have endeavoured to achieve the best sports surfaces. In this article, I will be taking a look at some examples of how sports surfaces have been used to enhance player performance throughout history. Examples of Different Approaches Let’s begin with a brief overview of the different sports surfaces which are… Read more »

92 Clubs, 92 Designs, 92 Days

Dinkit 92 editions print - Barnet FC the bees

If like us you love the 92 and you’re a big fan of Instagram, then earlier this year you may have come across the ’92 editions’ project. The brain child of talented designer Matt Berry, the project was a challenge to himself to post designs based on one of the 92 clubs in the league on Instagram every day for 92 days. We caught up with Matt to find out how the project came about and his plans for the future… Groundsman: We thoroughly enjoyed your ’92 editions’ project on Instagram – how did the idea come about? Matt Berry:… Read more »

How to do the 92 in 189 days

Ed Wood breaking the record from doing the 92 league grounds plus Berwick at Rochdale

In February Ed Wood completed a remarkable journey to reclaim a World Record he lost 22 years previously. The Derby fan travelled the length and breadth of country doing the 92 league grounds (+ Berwick Rangers) in just 189 days! We caught up with Ed to find out just how he did it, the stories from his travels and the big question…would he do it again… Groundsman: Firstly, congratulations on completing your journey and setting a new Guinness World Record! How did you feel at end of it: elated, proud, exhausted or just relieved? Ed: Cheers! I felt exhausted on… Read more »

GIVEAWAY: Win a pack of the new Stadium Hoppers Terrace Battles card game

Stadium Hoppers Terrace Battles card game

To celebrate the launch of the new Stadium Hoppers Terrace Battles card game we’re giving you the chance to win a pack! This giveaway has now finished, the winner is announced below. Thank you to everyone who took part and keep your eyes peeled for more chances to win great groundhopping prizes! a Rafflecopter giveaway Terrace Battles is the ultimate Football Stadium card game. Each card contains UK stadia stats of capacities, year of opening, matchday prices, season-ticket prices, pie prices, and overall rating. Using these stats, take on your opponents to try and beat their ground. However, there… Read more »