Sunday, 14 May 2017

Belgrade Football grounds

A recent weekend in Belgrade, Yugoslavia enabled me to see 5 games but I also got the chance to visit some other cracking grounds. Now I just hope to be able to go again in 2018 to see games at some of these grounds;

Red Star Belgrade

FK Sindelic (prison in the background)

FK Obilic - club used to be owned by Serb warlord Arkan

FK Zemun

FK Mladi Radnik

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Crap team name but not a bad football side

Saturday 13 May 2017, AFC Your Shirts 3 Cockfield United 3 (AFC Your Shirts won 3-2 on pens) - at Church Road, Old Newton, Club Colours Cup Final

Cup final between Division 4 of the Suffolk and Ipswich League winners (Your Shirts) and the runners up from Division 3. Cockfield got off to a great start and were soon 2 up, the game threatened to get out of control as the young ref did not seem to want to book anyone and his assistants seemed to be already on holiday!

A third goal was added before the break and it seemed game over, but both teams came out much calmer in the second half and it was Your shirts who now took control of the game and they got 2 back and had plenty of chances to add more goals but it looked like the clock would beat them but with a minute left they got the equaliser their play deserved.

The extra time was a bit of an anti-climax and so it was to be decided on penalty kicks - 12 taken and 7 missed but it was AFC Your Shirts who came out on top.

The game was played at Church Road, home of Old Newton United, a good little set up, thriving clubhouse, roped off pitch, cracking playing surface and a small shed/beach hut cum stand to fit about 8 spectators in!

So AFC Your Shirts - crap club name but not a bad footballing side.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Estadio Boettichan - small but welcoming

Sunday 6 May 2017, SR Villaverde - Boettichan CR 0 Trival Valderas 2 - Tercera Division Group 7, Estadio Boettichan

The visit to Vincente Calderon was fantastic and this may be at the other end of Spanish football but still a memorable visit because of the quaint stadium.

The home team are now safe from relegation in what is their first season in this division but today they were beaten by a team lower than them in the league, who now are almost safe because of this win. The visitors missed a penalty at the very end of the first half but did score from the spot when awarded a second penalty in the 57th minute. The home team had plenty of the ball but the Trival keeper never had much to do and the visitors added a second in the last minute with a cracking shot.

The home team number 10 was making his last appearance for the club and when he was subbed, he shook the hands of the 21 other players and even got a hug off the ref!

The football may not have been brilliant but the stadium was great - full of character, an astro pitch and modernised pavilion but the test of the ground was a 'hoppers' delight. Behind one goal were 3 concrete steps of old terracing, one side was open but the terracing was raised by about 6 foot giving a great view, You could watch the game from green park benches whilst eating bacon baguettes and drinking beer purchased from the kiosk at the top of the terrace. The other side had a low stand with seats in it and a corrugated iron roof with a cracking clubhouse behind it.

So the stadium is well worth a visit and you will be made most welcome - and to top it off the ground is only a few stops from the city centre on the metro.