Stick a fork in I’m done with 2016/17

Here is a review of my itinerant football watching during the 2016/17 campaign.

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Total Matches Attended: 233

New Grounds Visited: 176

Total Goals Scored: 910 (Average of 3.91 goals per game, up on 3.63 last season, only five 0-0 draws this season!)

Biggest Win: Great Wakering Rovers 0 Southend United 7

Biggest Crowd: 53,966 West Ham United v Juventus

Games Abroad: 36 (Romania 8, Serbia 6, Belgium 4, Armenia 3, Hungary 3, Sweden 3, Bulgaria 2, France 2, Ireland 2, Switzerland 2, Georgia 1)

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BEST GROUNDS VISITED IN THE UK 2016/17

1.   GARW SBGC – Blandy Park

A revisit but what an enduring beauty this ground is, hewn in to a valley and all stunning vistas and wonky pathways. A pearl of the Welsh valleys.

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2.   HAWICK ROYAL ALBERT – Albert Park

A classic grandstand with a clubhouse underneath, so few examples of this type of stand left. It felt an honour to be there.

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3.  ATHERTON COLLIERIES – Alder Street

Much has changed since my last visit, a friendly vibrant place and monument to a few people rolling up their sleeves and getting behind their local team.

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4.  BOSTON TOWN – Tattershall Road

For the level this is a fine ground, a little tatty around the edges but aren’t those the ones we all love?

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5.  OXFORD UNIVERSITY – Iffley Road

I’d always wanted to see a game here, such a pantheon of British Sport. Yes the old grandstand has seen better days but oozes history from every joist.

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BEST GROUNDS VISITED ABROAD 2016/17

1. FC GANDZASAR KAPAN  – Vazgan Sargsyan Republican Stadium

A stunning stadium, beautifully crafted in a neo-classical style with a modern roof that doesn’t detract in anyway from the original design, if anything it improves it.

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2.BKV ELÖRE – Sport utca Stadion

I had always known this was a belter, but what caught me by surprise was its’ vastness, a real leviathan of a grandstand. Perfection in every detail, a truly must visit.

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3. FC DINAMO TBILISI – Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena

A club steeped in history, mystical men from the east that caught my imagination as a child. Seems almost inconceivable that I have now seen a game here. What a hobby this is.

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4. ROYAL ANTWERP – Bosuilstadion

A perennial favourite on the hopping circuit, deliciously run down, loud raucous fans, what more can you ask for?

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5. SLAVIA SOFIA – Vasil Levski Stadion

Abysmal crowd for a club, like Gandzasar, having to play away from their own ground. The Levski has undergone an impressive revamp, despite the meagre crowd and racist fans, this is a fine stadium.

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BEST PROGRAMMES BOUGHT IN 2016/17

(based on status, resources, effort and originality)

1.   RUSHALL OLYMPIC

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2.   CARDIFF CORINTHIANS

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3.   ATHERTON COLLIERIES

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4.   LINCOLN UNITED

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5.   CODICOTE

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BEST FOOD IN 2016/17

1. ASHTON TOWN – Lancashire Hot Pot

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2. CAMPION – Chilli con carne

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3. CARDIFF CORINTHIANS – Faggots

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