Stick a fork in I’m done with 2014/15

Here is a review of my itinerant football watching during the 2014/15 campaign.

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Total Matches Attended: 237

New Grounds Visited: 182

Total Goals Scored: 818 (Average of 3.45 goals per game, down on 3.61 last season – nine 0-0 draws this season!)

Biggest Win: Bishop Sutton 0 Brislington 11

Biggest Crowd: 43,683 Rangers v Heart of Midlothian

Games Abroad: 23 (Germany 5, Ireland 4, Croatia 3, Sweden 2, Belgium 2, Morocco 2, Slovenia 1, Italy 1, Luxembourg 1, Netherlands 1, Norway 1)

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BEST GROUNDS VISITED IN THE UK 2014/15

1. Arbroath – Gayfield

Visceral location, football and the elements in constant ebb and flow.

Nov14 371

 

2. Treharris Athletic Western – Athletic Grounds

History seeping from every nook and cranny. Little changed in 110 years of existence.

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3.Blaenau Ffestiniog Amateurs – Cae Clyd

Breathtakingly scenic and had a real sense of hard work and bloody-mindedness to its ongoing survival.

Aug14 354

 

4. Billingham Synthonia – Central Avenue

A weather enforced re-visit but a great reminder of how industry and recreation in this country once sat hand and hand with each other.

Nov14 200

5. AFC Emley – Welfare Ground

A cracking old ground, lovely stand and some fantastic covered terracing.

April 2015 106

BEST GROUNDS VISITED ABROAD 2014/15

1. HNK Rijeka – Stadion Kantrida

Numbered days for this scenic wonder, hewn into the side of a quarry and surrounded by the Adriatic Sea.

Nov14 568

2. SC Westfalia Herne – Stadion am Schloss Strünkede

One of the finest and best preserved big grounds left in Europe

Feb 2015 370

3. 1.FC Saarbrücken – Ludwigparkstadion

Another classic German bowl left untouched for decades. But not for much longer.

oct14 106

4. Mouloudia Marrakech – Stade El Harti

A fading beauty of colonial construction, had a sense of splendour and moribund abandonment to it. Quite wonderful.

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5. US Triestina – Stadio Nereo Rocco

Built on a vast scale before the club collapsed financially, a cathedral to modernist construction.

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BEST ATMOSPHERE 2014/15

Olympic Club de Safi v Chabab Rif Al Hoceima

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MOST UNUSUAL GROUND VISITED 2014/15

Just has to be FC Sobemai, utterly unique.

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BEST PROGRAMMES BOUGHT IN 2014/15

(Criteria being status, resources, content, effort and value)

1. Barmouth & Dyffryn United

Barmouth

2. Seaham Red Star

Seaham

 

3. Taunton Town

Taunton

 

4. Gateshead

Gateshead

5. Stamford

Stamford

 

WORST PROGRAMME BOUGHT IN 2014/15

Would rarely denigrate any programme editors efforts as it’s a tough job, but this was an insult to the buying public. Caveat Emptor.

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BEST FOOD IN 2014/15

Llanboidy FC – Steak and dumplings

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