The Windmill

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Tuesday 3rd December 2019 ko 19.45

National League North

LEAMINGTON AFC 3 (Edwards 16 Mace 57 Carline 77)

DARLINGTON 0

Att 606

Entry £13

Programme £2.50

I think you’d have to have a footballing heart of stone not to have a soft spot for the Brakes. This is the club who lost their old Windmill ground in April 1988 to a property developer and didn’t kick a football in anger for 12 and a half years. A group of fans continued to meet at the Windmill pub close to the site of the old ground and continued to pay the Birmingham FA the fees each year to keep Leamington’s registration going and the name alive. Continue reading

Swedish Groundhop 2020

This year I thought I’d run the information on this event through this site. Here’s organiser Kim Hedwall’s prospectus.

 

WELCOME to the 14th Annual SWEDISH GROUNDHOP 

FRIDAY JUNE 5th to SUNDAY JUNE 7th 2020

 

Since 2007 we’ve been seeking out the undiscovered gems of the Swedish game. After three successful hops in southern Sweden,

We’re back in the Stockholm area this year and visit the interesting and beautiful grounds in and around the capital of Sweden!

This time there is 5 (hopefully 6) Swedish games to enjoy and also plenty of time to sight see and socialise! 

As ever the itinerary and fixtures are subject to change. 

 

Itinerary

Friday

Collection from Arlanda airport, North of Stockholm and transport to our hotel close to Stockholm.

We could be in for a surprise before the evening game, and we start the hop with ….

 HAMMARBY TFF vs. FITTJA IF (Div. 4) @ Hammarby IP

 

Transport back to hotel and some free time. 

 

Saturday

 Last year’s hop saw some pretty grounds and this year will be no different. Today’s games begin in Grillby and a visit to beautiful Skogsvallen with stunning surroundings…

 

IK NORDIA vs. UPPSALA INTER FC (Div. 6) @ Skogsvallen

Then we go on a bit further out in the country to Enköping and one of the most beautiful grounds in Sweden.

 

ENKÖPINGS IS FK vs. STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONALE (Div. 2) @ Enavallen  

 

Back to Stockholm for some free time, plenty of pubs and bars to visit!

 

We’re working hard on getting a third game and if we are lucky, that’s a bonus.

 

Sunday

 

Starting up with a game in Huddinge community and looking forward to the youngsters doing well…

 

IFK HANINGE vs. VÄSTERÅS IK (P17 Div. 1) @ Torvalla IP

Final game is in the second level of Swedish football, the Superettan. The ground is newly refurbished and we looking forward to a good game. 

AKROPOLIS IF vs. GIF SUNDSVALL (Superettan) @ GRIMSTA IP

Then we’ll head towards Arlanda Airport and drop off for the flight back to England. 

All fixtures are provisional and subject to confirmation

 

PRICE: £295 pp (excl. flights) and includes:

* Pick up and drop off at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm (Sweden)

* Transport to all football matches

* Accommodation at 4 star hotel (in a double room, two sharing) for two nights incl. buffet breakfast

* Tickets/admission for all games incl. programmes

 

FLIGHTS TO BOOK (not included in the price):

FRIDAY 5/6, Norwegian Air from London Gatwick, UK 09:20

(Arriving Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden at 12:40 local time)

SUNDAY 7/6, Norwegian Air from Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden 18:20

(Arriving London Gatwick, UK at 19:55 local time)

 

There’s 2 options for payment of the £295/pp

1. You can pay to Mr. Laurence Reade. Cheque to be made payable to Mr. Laurence Reade

laurence_reade@yahoo.com

Laurence Reade

10 Ridgeway Road

Headington

Oxford

OX3 8DR.

2. You can pay to my account through an International Transaction:

The number to use at the bank is:

IBAN nr: SE4850000000052150011530 Bic (Swich) code: ESSESESS

Name: Joachim Hedwall

Bank address: SEB, S-10640, Stockholm, Sweden. Phone: 0046 771 365365

VERY IMPORTANT: You must state your name on the booking and send me an email

with the receipt to;  joachim.hedwall@srf.se , otherwise I don’t know who’s paid me.

If you need my address when you pay it is:

Joachim Hedwall, Lundagatan 8B, S-17163 Solna, Sweden

The money should be converted into Swedish Krona and allow approx. 3-4 working days.

This will cost you an small fee, depending what bank in UK you use.

PLEASE NOTE:

Our 13th hop last year was a success and everybody at the clubs was very thankful.

This time we will stay in the Stockholm area, mid country and it’s beautiful surroundings.

Grounds are located in nice areas and some are exceptional, a must visit.

Let’s see if we can get everyone who likes grounds, new and old Swedish visitors,

to join in and tell a football story over a beer! We could be in for a surprise this year!

 

Last day for booking and payment is no later than APRIL 27th 2020

Any questions to my email joachim.hedwall@srf.se

 

 

Regards

Kim Hedwall

Life At The Grassroots

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Saturday 30th November 2019 ko 13.30

North Berkshire League Division 2

KINGSTON COLTS 0

LONG WITTENHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 6 (Crowley 4 27 Bishop 9 24 Hunt 13 Barton 28)

Att 4 at Dalton Barracks, Shippon, near Abingdon

Free Entry

The North Berkshire Hops may be over for now, and despite me being from Oxford I’ll always be a North Berkshire man. It’s a league that put their trust in me to organise a hop when many wouldn’t, and those who really know me knew that back in 2011 I was at a pretty low ebb. I remain on the league’s management committee and will probably do so while they feel I can be of some use to them. Being right at grass roots does give you an insight as to what life really is like at the bottom of the pile. Continue reading

Claremont

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Tuesday 26th November 2019 ko 19.45

Middlesex Senior Cup 2nd Round

HENDON 1 (Mitchell 58)

WINGATE & FINCHLEY 3 ( Ruff 17p Ochineng 32 Fleming 68)

Att 110

Entry £6

Programmes sold out

Teamsheet 50p

When Hendon left their crumbling, yet atmospheric home of Claremont Road in 2008 few could have envisioned their search for a new home would lead them to a place the width of Silver Jubilee Park from Hendon, even if the stadium itself is on the western edge of the park, and Hendon itself on the eastern! Continue reading

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

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Tuesday 19th November 2019 ko 19.45

Leicestershire Senior League – Division Two

NORTHFIELD EMERALDS 7 (Carter-Fell 10 MacIntosh 33 Kewmoss 33 Claricotes 37 Turland 83 Boumedi 83 87)

ST ANDREWS RESERVES 0

Att 36

Free Entry

Here’s a groundhopping top tip. If you fancy an unusual midweek fixture then keep an eye on the Leicestershire Senior League. For a league whose top flight is at Step 7 there are a surprisingly large amount of grounds with floodlights. Moreover, this season the league has expanded so there’s more teams, more grounds and more floodlit games! Continue reading

The Class Of 92

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Saturday 16th November 2019 ko 15.00

League 2

SALFORD CITY 2 (Rooney 4p 90p)

swindon town 3 (Doyle 9 54p Yates 78)

Att 3,509 (1,340 away

Entry £10 (terrace)

Programme £3

Its been many years since I completed the 92, that is the grounds of the 92 clubs that make up the Premier League and EFL. For what little it’s worth I finished at Doncaster Rovers’ old home of Belle Vue, and each season I normally get a new ground to aim for. This season though, the 92 has been reduced to 90, with Coventry City sharing at Birmingham City and Bury FC having been ejected from the EFL. But with Tottenham at their new ground, and Salford City having been promoted into the EFL, I had two new grounds to visit, and you could easily argue Salford is the more interesting case! Continue reading

Our Former Self

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Tuesday 12th November 2019 ko 19.45

West Midlands (Regional) League- Premier Division

DARLASTON TOWN (1874) FC 0

WOLVERHAMPTON CASUALS 0

K Miller sent off 49 (2nd Booking)

Att 110

Entry £5

Programme £1

Back in the day I used to use the M6 as a kind of a footballing acid test. I’d ask the question,

“If you drive along the M6 around Birmingham heading north after Spaghetti Junction which club do you think of?”

I suspect many would say Aston Villa and Walsall whose grounds are both clearly visible from the motorway/ traffic jam, but I reckoned any groundhopper worth his salt would have said Darlaston Town. Continue reading

Coincidence

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Saturday 9th November 2019 ko 15.00

Western League Premier Division

PLYMOUTH PARKWAY 5 (Calver 17 52 Krac 33 80 Williams 89)

Carter penalty saved 37

CHIPPING SODBURY TOWN 2 (Brown 47 72)

Att 157

Entry £6

Programme £1.50

The coach had just left Wellington after the final Western Hop and someone commented, ” I suppose that’s the league completed for you Laurence?” I replied in the affirmative and it was only a few days later that I realised I’d missed out Plymouth Parkway. I could see why, Parkway featured on a Devon County Hop but I wasn’t there…. Continue reading

All About Wickhurst Lane

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Tuesday 8th November 2019 ko 19.45

Sussex Senior Cup 2nd Round

BROADBRIDGE HEATH 2 (Jones 27 Wanstall 61)

PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE 3 (Wiltshire 38 Ford 50 Bant 90)

Att 64

Entry £6

Programme £1

After all that had gone before, it seemed strange to be returning to pyramid football. Not in any perjorative sense, although the inevitable battle with the M25 evening rush hour was as unwelcome. As hellish as the traffic was, it was familiar I’d passed Broadbridge Heath’s new ground on the way to Horsham a couple of months earlier. I found myself wishing my journeys were a little more straightforward, but then that is skill that Broadbridge Heath are rather good at! Continue reading

Wedding Speech

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As I’m sure many of you know Robyn and I were married on Saturday at Coombe Lodge, in Blagdon, North Somerset. For anyone who for one reason or another couldn’t make it, here’s my speech (annotations in bold).

I’ve included the message Swedish groundhop organiser Kim Hedwall sent that formed part of Simeon’s best man speech, and the first photo from the photographer, the wonderful Lee Hatherall. We hope you enjoy it, 

Laurence & Robyn January 2020 

Kim’s message 

“On behalf of my wonderful wife and I sincerely thank you to all of you for being here to share our special day.

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