Couple of years ago i had a bit of time away from work (5 months) basically to take a breather away from all the usual bullshit and childishness and mainly working F**KING nights and have a bit of time seeing my son grow up and try and have a bit of a family homelife such as sitting down and having tea with my wife and son and not be dashing out to work after ive had one eye on the clock from getting out of bed! and having a beer at night,as my son was just getting in to football i decided to add a few more football grounds to my ever growing list that started way back in the late 70s and has grown in varying degrees on and off over the following 30 years,we started with the local non league grounds,some i had been to before (sheffield fc) and some where new ones, our local ground the coach and horses,the home of Sheffield fc the oldest club in the world was obviously the 1st to do again and i took a camera to keep a record of our little trips,Below is the ground of sheffield fc,the main stand behind the goal,this is a great little ground and with the pub backing on the the ground the gates are open at half time if you fancy a quick trip out to the pub.
The photo above was taken late december with sheffield fc playing hallam fc in a cup game which incidentally is the worlds oldest derby game,and this year hallam fc celebrated there own 150th year with what should have been a cracking boxing day game v sheffield fc which due to the bad snow and frost got cancelled and is now going to be played sometime towards the end of the season maybe over easter up at hallam fc's sandygate road ground which is also know as the oldest ground in the world as hallam have played on this ground since there founding year,the picture below is the sandygate road ground with the cricket pitch over
to the right,hence hallam always playing catch up come september time due to the cricket side of the clubs fixtures so hallam tend to play the 1st 8 or so games away from home.nice little ground and in a very posh area of sheffield,hence the yellow lines all over the roads,and the locals none to pleased about there driveways being blocked on saturday's!!Anyway the club formed in 1860 making them the 2nd oldest club in the world! and sheffield home to the worlds first and oldest derby game!
Another ground we had a visit to although it was early in the summer was Staveley Miners Welfare FC,Not far away in the south side of chesterfield,the club play in the koolsport NCEL division one league,nice little ground with a small stand around the centre of the pitch line,the game we went to was a FA cup preliminary round against Bridgnorth Town FC with staveley running out 3-1 winners of a very good game,and by the way thats me below!!
DINNINGTON TOWN FC
Another ground we had a visit to was Dinnington town fc who play in Koolsport NCEL - Premier Division,dinnington are situated within the sheffield postcode area,although a good 12 mile maybe more from the city centre, the club has been around in various guises over the last 100 years or so and now play on what i think was the old dinnington colliery,the team is pretty much a big thing in dinnington as they have teams right down to under 8 level,on entering the ground there is a small covered standing area to the left and behind one of the goals there is a smallish stand pictured above great little setup at this club and with the league they are in there is always plenty of local derbies.
A saturday afternoon trip to belper town to watch sheffield fc in early february which was around 30 miles away just thru matlock,nice little ground tucked away down the back of a church, excellent club house and the main stand was very very pleasant to sit in and watch sheffield fc crumble towards the 2nd half, and lose 3-0, as always with club there is a little travelling band of faithful,and fair play to them as they seem to go all over, i must admit i could get addicted to doing the non league grounds as i reckon within 30 miles of my house there must be upwards of 40+ teams,the photo on the left is the main stand at belper,now if you are wondering where the football badges come into this post,ive got a pretty large collection of them,its the 2nd collection ive had, as i sold the 1st which was around 2500 badges in 1997 and they would have fetched even more money nowadays on ebay.
since 2004 ive designed and had made over 80 different sheffield wednesday badges and over 200 different club badges for various people and clubs as i deal direct with the factory out in china,Not done any for a while but im hoping to start again sometime this year,and maybe do a few scooter rally based badges,ive made a few for scooter clubs that went down very well.So anyway lets get back to the subject we started off at!!this post was going to be even longer but having spent a couple of hours searching discs for various photos i took of various grounds,i cant find em!! so im going to have to list the grounds we went to in that period of 4-5 months,we did all the grounds in the sheffield postcode.
Here's our rough list of where we went,
Stocksbridge park steels
Dinnington town fc
Worsborough bridge athletic
Maltby main fc
Armthorpe welfare fc
Rossington main fc
below is the little stand behind the goal at
And of course we cant forget the usual trip to watch wednesday!!
Now i had a pretty good week to all this in december when i was in rome for the weekend and we caught roma v cagliari, with roma winning 3-2 then on the tuesday i was at sheffield fc v hallam fc and then on boxing day at hillsborough for the 2-2 draw v blackpool,from a 40000 crowd at stadio olympico to 300 at the coach and horses and 30000 at hillsborough it was a great week!!
I may start adding a few entries from matches as it sort of ties in with the music, as when i go to football if i ever get talking to somebody i dont know it always seems to end up about music rather then the football! below is the MK Dons stadium of which i had the pleasure of a trip to pre season in 2008 on a lovely warm mid week evening, great ground nice big cinema type seats and you can even nip across the road to the IKEA and have a bargain hotdog or 2 and a can of cheap kopperberg cider!!