Monday, 28 December 2009

Portman Road - 28th December 2009

Ipswich Town 3 - 0 QPR

A great way to end 2009, a 3-0 win over QPR - "You should have kept Jim Magilton"

2009, the year we lost the great Bobby Robson.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

The Lost Football Grounds of Essex

Just before Christmas, I received an early present in the form of the fantastic book - 'The Lost Football Grounds of Essex' by Jon Weaver. Jon a Braintree fan has also been involved in Groundtastic, the football grounds bible.

This book is one in a series from Mike Floate and can be ordered with many other Football ground books from here.
There is also a link to Mike's website on the right of this blog.

The Essex book includes information on 230 old grounds and 168 clubs.

just after reading the book, I took the train journey in to Liverpool Street from Ipswich, and as I went through Romford I took more notice than normal at the Romford Greyhound Stadium and the Brewery Shopping Centre after reading about their former footballing days. Then from looking at former Football stadia I found myself looking at the 2012 Olympic Park/building site in Stratford.

The book is not just a look back at the former football grounds of Essex but is also a record of the early history of our great game not only in rural Essex but also in East London.

Well worth a read and a purchase as you will keep on going back to the book to check some fact or the other.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Selhurst Park - worst ground in London (for away fans?)

Saturday 26th December 2009

Yet another visit to South London and Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town - Championship, 3-1

Easy ground to get to, good public transport, loads of pubs but the Arthur Wait Stand is probably the worst away end in the top two divisions- desperate need of a makeover, then again the whole ground itself is a mis match of stands.
Not one for the ground connoisseur!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Scunthorpe Utd v Ipswich 19th December 2009

Match called off at 0830, whilst stuck on slow train, decide to go to Rotherham but then that is called off - so a few beers in Peterborough and an early train home

Friday, 18 December 2009

92 Clubs - Progress

92 Clubs - Progress (as at May 2017)

Premier League
To do:

Manchester City - City of Manchester Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur- New White Hart Lane

To do:

Division One
To do:

Accrington Stanley
Fleetwood Town
Shrewsbury Town

Division Two
To do:

Forest Green Rovers
Newport County

12 Grounds to visit

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Cricket, Rugby and the rest!


Cricket Grounds:

Cambridge University - Fenners, Cambridge
Essex - County Ground, Chelmsford
Castle Park, Colchester
Leicestershire - Grace Road
Middlesex - Lords
Northants - County Ground
Nottinghamshire - Trent Bridge
Suffolk - Ransomes, Ipswich
Suffolk - Holly Road, Ipswich
GRE, Ipswich
Suffolk - Copdock and OI CC
Chantry Park - Ipswich and East Suffolk
Clay Hall - Ipswich Cricket Club
Surrey - Oval

Rugby Grounds:

Allianz Park - Saracens
Franklin Gardens - Northampton Saints
Grange Road - Cambridge University
Humber Doucy Lane - Ipswich RFC
Millennium - Cardiff
Murrayfield - Edinburgh
Ravenhill- Belfast
Twickenham - London

Rugby League

Hull Kingston Rovers - KC Lightstream Stadium


Foxhall - Ipswich

Track Cycling

London Olympic Velodrome

Cycle Speedway:

Whitton Sports Centre, Ipswich



American Football:

Ipswich Cardinals - Northgate SC


Pipers Vale, Ipswich


Copper Box, Olympic Park - London


Olympic Stadium, Stratford
Northgate SC, Ipswich
Hampden Park - Glasgow


North Greenwich Arena (02)


Citifield - New York Mets


Queen Elizabeth Aquatics Centre, Stratford

Venues Visited

I have seen a Football match at the following venues:

Ipswich Town - Portman Road

1.FC Koln (Germany) - Rhein Energie
1.FC Koln (Germany) - Franz Kremer
Achilles - Pauls Sports and Social Club
AFC Croydon Athletic - Mayfield Stadium (Keith Tuckey Stadium)
AFC Rushden & Diamonds - Hayden Road
AFC Hornchurch - Horchurch Stadium
AFC Sudbury - Kings Marsh
AFC Wimbledon - Kingsmeadow
AIK Stockholm - Friends Arena
Aldershot - Recreation Ground
Alfreton Town - Town Ground
Anderlecht - Constant Vanden Stock
Anorthosis Famagusta (Cyprus) - Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium
Ards (N Ireland) - Castlereagh Park
Arlesey Town - aRMadillo Stadium
Armenia Bielefeld (Germany) - Bielefelder Alm
Arnold Town - King George V Ground
Arsenal - Highbury
Arsenal - Emirates
Aston Villa - Villa Park
Athletico Madrid - Vicente Calderon
Avenir Beggen (Luxembourg) - Stade Josy Barthel
Averley FC - Mill Field (Grays Athletic)
Averley FC - Parkside (Grays Athletic)
Ballymena United (N Ireland) - Showgrounds
Bangor (N Ireland)- Clandeboye Park
Banstead Athletic - Merland Rise
Barking - Mayesbrook Park
Barnet - Underhill
Barnet - The Hive
Barnsley - Oakwell
Barrow Town - Riverside
Barton Rovers - Sharpenhoe Rd
Basildon United - Gardiners Close Stadium
Beckenham Town - Eden Park Avenue
Bedford Town - New Eyrie
Belper Town - Christchurch Meadow
Benfica (Portugal) - Estadio Da Luz
Biggleswade Town - Carlsberg Stadium
Biggleswade United - Second Meadow
Billericay Town - New Lodge
Birmingham City - St Andrews
Bishops Stortford - Woodside Park
BKV Elore (Hungary) - Sport Utcai Stadium
Blackburn Rovers - Ewood Park
Blackpool - Bloomfield Road
Bochum (Germany) - Ruhrstadion
Bologna (Italy) - Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
Bolton Wanderers - Reebok Stadium
Boreham Wood - Meadow Park
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)- Westfalen Stadium
Bournemouth - Dean Court
Bowers and Pitsea - Len Salmon Stadium
Bow Street (Wales) - Cae Piod
Bracknell Town - Larges Lane
Bradford City - Valley Parade
Bramford United - Acton Road Playing field
Brantham Athletic - Brantham Leisure Centre
Braintree Town - Cressing Road
Brentford- Griffin Park
Brentwood Town - The Arena
Brightlingsea Regebt - North Road
Brighton and Hove Albion - Goldstone Ground
Brighton and Hove Albion - Withdean Athletics Stadium
Brighton and Hove Albion - Amex Stadium
British army - Aldershot Military Stadium
British Army (Germany) - Army Stadium Sennelager
Bristol City - Ashton Gate
Bristol Rovers - Eastville
Bristol Rovers - Memorial Ground
Bromley - Hayes Lane (Cray Wanderers)
Broxbourne Borough - Goffs Lane
Bungay Town - Maltings Pavilion
Burnham Ramblers - Leslie Field
Burnley - Turf Moor
Burton Albion - Eton Park
Burton Albion - Pirelli Stadium
Bury Town - Ram Meadow
Cambridge City - Milton Road
Cambridge United - Abbey Stadium
Canvey Island - Park Lane
Capel Plough - Friars
Cardiff City - Ninian Park
Cardiff City - City of Cardiff Stadium
Carlisle United - Brunton Park
Carshalton Athletic - War Memorial Ground
Cedars Park - Cedars Park (Stowmarket)
Charlton Athletic - Valley (+ Selhurst Park)
Chatteris Town - West Street
Chelmsford City - New Writtle Street
Chelmsford City - Melbourne Park
Chelsea - Stamford Bridge
Chesham Utd - Meadow (Aylesbury Utd)
Cheshunt - Theobalds Lane (FC Romania)
Chester City - Deva
Chesterfield - Saltergate
FC Clacton - Rush Green Bowl
Clapton - The Old Spotted Dog
Codicote - John Clements Memorial Ground
Cogenhoe United - Compton Park
Coggeshall Town - The Crops
Colchester United - Layer Road
Colchester United - Weston Homes Community Stadium
Colchester United Training Ground / Jobserve Tiptree - Florence Park
Concord Rangers - Thames Road
Corby Town - Steel Park
Corinthian - Gay Dawn Farm
Cornard United - Blackhouse lane
Coventry City - Highfield Road
Coventry City - Ricoh Arena
Crane Sports - Greshams
Crawley Town - Broadfield
Cray Valley (PM) - Badgers Sports Ground
Crewe Alexandra - Gresty Road
Crockenhill - Wested Meadow
Croydon - Croydon Arena
Crusaders - Sea View
Crystal Palace - Selhurst Park
Dagenham and Redbridge - Victoria Road
Dartford - Princes Park
Debenham LC FC - Maitlands
Derby County - Baseball Ground
Derby County - Pride Park
Dereham Town - Aldiss Park
Diss Town - Brewers Green
Doncaster Rovers - Belle View
Doncaster Rovers - Keepmoat
Dover Athletic - Crabble
Downham Town - Memorial Fields
Dunstable Town - Creasey Park
Earls Colne - Earls Colne Recreation Ground
East Bergholt United - Gandish Road
East Thurrock - Rookery Hill
Eastwood Town - Coronation Park
Ebbsfleet United - Stonebridge Road
Eintracht Braunschweig (Germany) - Eintracht Stadium
Ely City - Unwin Ground
Enfield Town - Queen Elizabeth Stadium
Erith and Belvedere - Park View Rd
Espanyol - La Prat
Everton - Goodison Park
Exeter City - St James Park
Eynesbury Rovers - Alfred Hall Memorial Ground
Fakenham Town - Clipbush Park
FC Hennef 05 (Germany) - Stadion im Sportzentrum, Platz 1
Felixstowe and Walton United - Dellwood Avenue
Felixstowe Harpers United - Trimley Sport and Social Club
Fisher - St Pauls Stadium
FK Cement Beocin (Serbia) - Gradski
FK Edseg Mali Idos - Stadion Mali Idos
FK Index - Dacko Igraliste
FK Partizan (Serbia) - Stadion FK Partizan
FK Rad (Serbia) - Stadion Kralj Petar I
FK Selo Mladenovac (Serbia) - Stadion Selters
FK Vojvodina - Karadorde
Foggia (Italy) - Stadio Pino Zaccheria,
Fortuna Dusseldorf - Paul Janes Stadium
Framlingham Town - Badingham Road
Fulbourn Institute - Home End
Fulham - Craven Cottage
Fulham Training Ground - Motspur Park - outside pitch
Gas Recreation FC - Bromley Road, Colchester
Gedling Town - Riverside Ground
Gillingham - Priestfield
Glapwell - Hall Corner
Glasgow Celtic - Parkhead
Glasgow Rangers - Ibrox
Glebe - Foxbury Avenue
Glenavon (N Ireland) - Mourneview Park
Glentoran (N Ireland) - Oval
Godmanchester Rovers - Bearscroft Lane
Gold Star Liege (Belgium) - Complexe Naimette
Gorleston - Emerald Park
Grantham Town - South Kesteven Stadium
Great Wakering Rovers - Burroughs Park
Great Yarmouth Town FC - Wellesley Recreation ground
Grimsby Town - Blundell Park
Grundisburgh - The Playing Field
Gutersloh (Germany)- Heidewald Stadium
Hadleigh United - Millfield
Hadley - Brickfield Lane
Halstead Town - Rosemary Lane
Hampden Park
Hampton & Richmond Borough - Beveree Stadium
Haringey and Waltham - Terrence MacMillan Stadium
Haringey Borough - Coles Park
Harlow Town - Barrows Farm (Enfield FC)
Harwich and Parkstone - Royal Oak
Haverhill Rovers - The New Croft
Haverhill Borough - The New Croft (3G)
Harrow Borough - Earlsmead (Hendon)
Haughley United - King George V Playing Field, Green Rd
Hayes and Yeading Utd - SkyEx Community Stadium
Hertford Town - Hertingfordbury Park
Helsingborg (Sweden)- Olympia
Hemel Hempstead Town - Vauxhall Rd
Henley Athletic - Community Centre
Heybridge Swifts - Scraley Road
Hinckley United - Middlefield Lane
Histon - Glass World
Hitchin Town - Top Field
Hoddesdon Town - Lowfield
Holmesdale - Oakley Rd
Horley Town - New Defence
HSV Barmbek - Uhlenhorst (Germany) - Wilhelm-Rupprecht-Platz
Hucknall Town - Watnall Road
Huddersfield Town - Leeds Road
Huddersfield Town - John Smith
Hullbridge Sports - Lower Road
Hull City - Boothery Park
Hull City - KC
Huntingdon Town - Jubilee Park
Ilford FC - Cricklefield Stadium
Ilkeston Town - New Manor Ground
Ipswich Town Training Ground - Playford Road (4 pitches)
Ipswich Athletic - Bourne Vale
Ipswich Wanderers - Humber Doucy Lane
Inter Milan (Italy) - San Siro
Istanbul BB (Turkey) - Alaturk Olympic Stadium
Kempston Rovers - Hillgrounds Leisure
Kettering Town - Latimer Park
Kings Lynn Town - The Walks
Kirkley and Pakefield - Walmer Road
Lakenheath - The Nest
Larne (N Ireland) - Inver Park
LDU Quito (Ecuador) - Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria
Leatherhead - Fetcham Grove
Leeds United - Elland Road
Leicester City - Filbert Street
Leicester City - Walker Stadium
Leiston Town - Victory Rd
Leyton Orient - Brisbane Road
Lichtenberg 47 (Germany) - Hans Zoschke
Lincoln City - Sincil Bank
Linfield (N Ireland)- Winsor Park
Lisburn Distillery (N Ireland) - New Grosvenor Stadium
Little Oakley - Memorial Ground
Liverpool - Anfield
Lokomotiva DNV (Slovakia) - Sportovy Areal
Long Eaton United - Grange Park
Long Melford - Stoneylands
Lowestoft Town - Crown Meadow
Luton Town - Kenilworth Road
Maidstone United - Gallagher Stadium
Maldon and Tiptree - Wallace Binder
Manchester City - Maine Road
Manchester United - Old Trafford
Mansfield - Field Mill
March Town United - GER Sports Ground
Merstham - Moatside
Middlesbrough - Ayresome Park
Middlesbrough - Riverside
Mildenhall Town - Recreation Way
Millwall - The Den
Millwall - New Den
MIP Majdan Pozarevac (Serbia)
MK Dons - National Hockey Stadium
MK Dons - MK Stadium
Morecombe - Christie Park
MSV Duisburg (Germany) - Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena
Mulbarton Wanderers - Mulberry Park
1860 Munchen (Germany) - Allianz Arena
Mundford - Glebe
Needham Market - Bloomfields
Newcastle United - St James Park
Newmarket Town - Cricket Field Rd
Newport Pagnell Town - Willen Road
Nicosia (Cyprus) - Old GSP Stadium
Northampton ON Chenecks - Old Northamptonians Sports Ground
Northampton Town - County Ground
Northampton Town - Sixfields
Norwich CBS - FDC
Norwich City - Carrow Road
Norwich United - Plantation Park
Nottingham Forest - City Ground
Notts County - Meadow Lane
1FC Nuremberg (Germany) - Frankenstadion
Oldham Athletic - Boundry Park
Old Newton Utd - Church Rd
Olimpia Prague (Czech Republic) - Stadion Evzena Rosickeho
Oxford United- Manor Ground
Oxford United - Kassam Stadium
Paloma (Germany) - Jonny Rehbein Stadium
Panathinaikos (Greece) - Stadio ApĆ³stolos Nikolaidis
Paris Saint-Germain (France) - Parc De Princes
Pelican - Brian Wakefield Sports Ground, Nottingham
Peterborough Northern Star - Focus Community Centre
Peterborough Sports - Lincoln Road
Peterborough United - London Road
Phoenix Sports- Mayplace Ground
Plymouth Argyle - Home Park
Portsmouth - Fratton Park
Port Vale - Vale Park
Potters Bar Town -Parkfield
Potton United - Hollow
Preston North End - Deepdale
Pristina Stadium  - Stadiumi i Qytetit (Kosova)
PSV Eindhoven (Holland) - Phillips Stadium
Purfleet - Hotel Ground
QPR - Loftus Road
Quorn FC - Sutton Park
Ransomes SC - Sidegate Avenue
Raunds Town - Kiln Park
Rayleigh Town - Rayleigh Town Sports Club
Reading - Elm Park
Reading - Madejski Stadium
Redbridge - Oakside Stadium
Republic of Ireland - Aviva, Dublin
Rochester United - Rochester United Sports Ground
Rotherham United - Millmoor
Rotherham United - New York Stadium
Rothwell Corinthians - Sergeants Lawn
Rot Weis Essen (Germany) Stadion Essen
Royal Antwerp (Belgium) - Bosuil Stadium
Royston Town - Garden Walk
Rushden and Diamonds - Nene Park
Sandiacre Town - St Giles Park
Saffron Walden Town - Catons Lane
St Albans City - Clarence Park
St George's Park - FA, near Burton
St Ives Town - Westwood Road
St Margaretsbury - Recreation Ground
St Neots Town - Premier Plus Stadium
St Pauli (Germany) - Millerntor
Sawbridgeworth Town - Crofters End
Scunthorpe United - Glanford Park
SC Teleoptik (Partizan training ground) (Serbia)
SC Verl (Germany)- Stadium Verl
Shalke 04 (Germany)- Parkstadion
Sheffield United - Bramall Lane
Sheffield Wednesday - Hillsborough
Shepshed Dynamo - Dovecote
Shrewsbury Town - Gay Meadow
Sittingbourne - Woodstock Park
Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) - Eden Arena
Sleaford Town - Eslaforde Park
Slough Town - Arbour Park
Slovan Bratislava II - (Slovakia) - Stadion Rapid Ruzinov
Slovan Liberec (Czech Republic)- U Nisy Stadium
Soham Town Rangers - Julius Martin Lane
Solihull Moors - Automated Technology Stadium
Southampton - The Dell
Southampton - St Marys
Southend - Roots Hall
Southend Manor - Southchurch Park
Southwold Town - The Common
Spartak Subotica (Serbia) - Gradski
Spartans (Scotland) - Ainslie Park
Stamford - Zeeco
Stanway Rovers - Hawthorns
Stansted - Hargrave Park
Stevenage Borough - Broadhall Way
Stockport County -Edgeley Park
Stoke City - Victoria Ground
Stoke City - Britannia
Stotfold - Roker Park
Stowmarket Town - Green Meadow
Sturm Graz (Austria) - UPC Arena
Sunderland - Stadium of Light
Sutton United - Borough Sports Ground
Swaffham Town - Shoemakers Lane
Swansea City - Vetch Field
Swansea City - Liberty Stadium
Swindon Town - County Ground
Takeley FC - Station Road
Tamworth - The Lamb Ground
Thamesmead - Bayliss Avenue
Thetford Town - Mundford Road
Tilbury - Chadfields
Tonbridge Angels - Longmead
Tooting and Mitcham United - Imperial Fields
Tottenham Hotspur - White Hart Lane
Tower Hamlets - Mile End Stadium
Tranmere Rovers - Prenton Park
TUS Paderborn (Germany)- Hermann Lons
Union Berlin (Germany) - Stadion An Der Alten Forsteri
Union Saint-Gilloise (Belgium) - Stade Joseph Marien
Universidad Catolica (Ecuador) - Estadio Olimpico Atahuyalpa
VCD Athletic - Oakwood
VFB Stuttgart (Germany)- Neckarstadion
Villaverde - Boetticher CF (Spain) - Estadio Boetticher
Walsall - Bescot
Walsham-Le-Willows - Summer Road
Waltham Abbey - Capershotts
Waltham Forest - Wadham Lodge
Warboys Town - Forge Way
Ware - Wodson Park
Watford - Vicarage Road
Wattenscheid (Germany)- Lohrheide-Stadion
Wellingborough Town - Dog & Duck Ground
Welwyn Garden City - Herns Lane
Wembley - New
Werder Bremen (Germany)- Weserstadion
West Bergholt - Lorkin Daniell Sports Field
WBA - Hawthorns
Westerfield United - Ipswich School Sports Centre
West Ham United - Upton Park
West Ham United - Rush Green
West Ham United - London Stadium
White Notley - Oak Farm
Whitton United - King George V Ground
Whyteleafe - Church Road
Wickham Market FC - The Playing Field
Widzew Lodz (Poland)- Stadion LKS
Wigan Athletic - JJB
Wimbledon - Plough Lane (+ Selhurst Park)
Wingate and Finchley - Maurice Rebak Stadium
Wisbech St Mary - Playing Field
Wisbech Town - Fenland Stadium
Witham Town
Wivenhoe Town - Broad Lane
Wodson Park- Athletics Stadium
Wodson Park (3G)
Woodbridge Town - Notcutts Park
Wolverhampton Wanderers - Molineux
Worksop Town - Sandy Lane
Wrexham - Racecourse Ground
Wroxham - Trafford Park
Wycombe Wanderers - Adams Park
Yaxley - In2itive Park
Yeovil Town - Huish Park