Friday 7 June 2024

A club that will thrive once in their own home

Friday 31 May 2024, New York City 5 San Jose Earthquakes1 - Major Soccer League, Yankee Stadium 

Yankee Stadium, maybe the most well known to UK sports fans, but a disappointment when visiting- especially comparted to Fenway Park. Currently home to New York till their 'soccer only' ground opens in Queens. 

The crowd looked small in such a large arena, but the many Latin American supporters certainly tried to liven the atmosphere up. Good news is, with such a large stadium, seats are cheap- then you will need the saved money as the food certainly is going to cost you a bit.

New York were always the better team, but it was only towards then end of the match that their superiority paid off, as up till the then, their final ball had always been poor. The arrival off the subs bench of Argentinian Maxi Moralez certainly improved the quality of the New York passing.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Fenway Park - if you only ever visit one baseball stadium - choose Fenway

Not sure Americans can teach us much about sport, but when it comes to rebuilding a stadium but keeping it's original feel or how to run a stadium tour- then Fenway Park in Boston, ticks all the boxes. Not to say Americans always get it right as a visit to the Yankee Stadium will leave you less impressed.

Here are a few pictures from a recent visit to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Harder than Thurston thought

Monday 20 May 2024, Thurston 3 Woolverstone United 1 - Suffolk Junior Cup Final, Portman Road

Thurston had a team packed with players who had played much higher up the pyramid, but were given a really tough game by a young, fit Woolverstone team who also were fortunate enough to have a goalkeeper who pulled off some fantastic saves, including one from the penalty spot.

Saturday 18 May 2024

Village football

Saturday 18 May 2024, Boxford Rovers 5 Tendring District 0 - Essex & Suffolk Border League, Division 4, Homefields.

Had to stay local, and was just glad it was not one of many games in this league that were called off today. Texted Boxford and got a message back straight away, they even had 5 subs! Well done for Tendring turning up, even with no subs.

A good game that Boxford dominated from the start and displayed some decent football, three nil up at half time, and added two more in the second - some good individual goals, good team goals and at least one down to goalie error!

Large village playing fields, cricket square and two football pitches, with the one used today the furthest from the changing rooms. Grass was rather long and pitch covered in daisies!

Two home made dug outs with a park bench in between gave me a good view of the game.

Wednesday 15 May 2024

 Tuesday 15 May 2024, Hathern 2 Kirby Muxloe 2 ( 5-6 on penalties) - Holmes Park, Leicestershire & Rutland Senior Cup Final

Decent game with the lower league team, Hathern being very unlucky to lose this final.

Hathern started the stronger and played some good football but Kirby Muxlow took the lead from a breakaway goal after 7 minutes. Hathern were deservedly back on level terms after 33 minutes.

Second half started with Kirby Muxloe having a penalty saved then Hathern went ahead after 53 minutes. Players started to tire and Hathern started to defend deeper but still creating chances on the break, however Kirby got the equaliser after 81 minutes.

Kirby Muxloe then won it on penalties, game played in a great spirit , hardly a foul and very little back chat from the players, very impressed with the football Hathern played.

Holmes park is a decent venue, with plenty of food offerings available but would think the players would prefer to play the final at a more inspiring venue.

Saturday 11 May 2024

Did not seem like an end of season game

Saturday 11 May 2024, Bishop Stortford Swifts 2 Harold Wood Athletic 2 - EOFL, Premier Division, Silver Leys

My planned game was called off late but had time to get to Bishop Stortford and glad I made the effort. Even if hot, and both teams mid table and nothing to play for, both teams put 100% into the game with plenty of skill on show. Home team had better of the first half and went two up, however Harold Wood got one back just before the break.

Second half and it was the visitors on top, but when they missed a penalty it looked like the home team would take all 3 points, but deep into injury time, a long range shot took a wicked deflection and Harold Wood had a share of the spoils, They certainly deserved a point after their second half display.

Pitch fully roped off and in very good condition, Bishop Stortford Rugby club have the pitch next door. Two clubhouses, one for football - open today, full bar - whilst the Rugby club house ( with attached marquee) is much more modern and larger.

Talk in the clubhouse was of the Swifts moving as they need more space for all their teams. As this game finished, the reserves came out for their match  

Saturday 4 May 2024

Premier League

Saturday 4 May 2024, Ipswich Town 2 Huddersfield Town 0 - Championship, Portman Road

A long wait, but what a journey we have had over the last two years - Ipswich will party tonight