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.

Ilkeston

BEST FOOD IN 2014/15

Llanboidy FC – Steak and dumplings

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7 thoughts on “Stick a fork in I’m done with 2014/15

  1. An excellent review, Mr Miles! Glad to see Westfalia Herne gets a mention, my favourite ground ever!! On the programme front, interesting to see that you rated Barmouth so highly, many people I’ve spoken to have been equally complimentary about the club’s effort. And at the other end of the scale, the programme you had from Ilkeston was a huge improvement on the one they were offering come January, an A4 out-of-date magazine that they were trying to sell for £3.50. A club that really needs a kick up the backside if ever there was one. Oh, and the food at Llanboidy – gorgeous!!

  2. Top summary of the past season and some beautiful images which I have now lovingly studied a number of times. Still waiting for the another floodlight special

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