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Title: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: DarloSTFC84 on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10:41:26
As it states in the title really..

This can also be old stadia which are no longer in use/existence anymore!...

Personal favourites for me over the years have included Highbury, Villa Park & Craven Cottage..

Least favourites are Moss Rose, Priestfield & Glanford Park.

Special mention goes to EverBank Field (Jacksonville) I went there a couple of years ago for a Jaguars home game against the Baltimore Ravens. It was quite an experience, made some good friends tailgating.. those Yanks do make game day pretty spectacular!


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Post by: Amir on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10:47:38
Favourite - Loftus Road

Least favourite - The Manor Ground


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Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:02:53
Favourite - Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia (NFL)

Least Favourite - Priestfield


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Post by: suttonred on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:22:11
Basin Reserve Wellington Best. Proper old school cricket ground.

Worst as someone above said. Priestfield


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Mother Brown on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:30:57
Toss up between Griffin park or Loftus rd for favourite.

Least favourite got to be Eastville.


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: FreddySTFC! on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:42:39
Favourite - Memorial Stadium
Least favourite - Any soulless bowl


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:49:51
 Fave:  Empire Stadium, Wembley
 L Fave: Wembley


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Abrahammer on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:56:38
Favourite - Griffin Park. Always liked Vale Park a lot for no apparent reason. Like the old school grounds in general.

Least - Every ground built or undergone major refurbishment since the early 90’s


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Post by: bennett on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 12:02:59
fave - oakland coliseum
least - memorial ground


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Post by: Quagmire on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 12:04:49
Favourite - always enjoyed Ashton Gate pre refurb, we always generated good noise. Craven Cottage and Loftus Road too.

Least favourite - Wembley - Souless and winless.


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Post by: Wobbly Bob on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 13:10:47
Least favourite. Anything tucked away in a retail park.
Special mention here for the Kassam, that place in Bletchley and worst of all, Scunthorpe.
Not keen on the Memorial Stadium or Boundary Park.

Favourite, as in a good day out would be QPR and Leyton Orient.
Oop north would be Sheffield United.
Former ground would be Upton Park.

Non football. The Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, a great place to while away an hour or two.

Most first class cricket grounds these days are little more than glorified corporate hospitality venues.
The Oval in the "blackwash" era was a great place to visit.
Part terrace that would be packed with West Indians and ghetto blasters blaring between overs.

The very best though and original field of dreams is of course our very own County Ground.


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: RobertT on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 14:30:12
Very few places compare with the fun of Loftus Rd.

The new Wembley, aside from our form, is horrible to watch anything in simply because you get distracted looking around the damned place.  I hope to visit the Mercedez Benz stadium in Atlanta later this year, which has good reviews, hopefully proving a big impressive stadium need not be soulless.

Villa Park is ok for a part old part new ground.


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Peter Venkman on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 14:56:00
Elm Park at Reading, the Manor at the Pox and Eastville at Bristol have to be the worst along with the Den.

As for the best, there are many but a lot depends on how we performed there in the past as having good memories. I quite like Fratton Park and Hillsborough though.


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Post by: Posh Red on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 21:43:24
Went to watch Dortmund last season, have to say it was very impressive.

The Dallas Cowboys new stadium in Arlington is another that is very impressive.

As for football stadiums in England, most of them pre Taylor report were better for atmosphere if not better for comfort. I always liked Hillsborough, Villa Park and Upton Park.

There are plenty of shitholes around, but hate the soulless out of town grounds like Colchester


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Post by: Mother Brown on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 22:56:49
Went to watch Dortmund last season, have to say it was very impressive.

The Dallas Cowboys new stadium in Arlington is another that is very impressive.

As for football stadiums in England, most of them pre Taylor report were better for atmosphere if not better for comfort. I always liked Hillsborough, Villa Park and Upton Park.

There are plenty of shitholes around, but hate the soulless out of town grounds like Colchester
Boleyn ground.


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Post by: Sippo on Sunday, June 24, 2018, 13:13:59
One of the best stadiums i’ve Been to has to be Estádio Municipal de Braga. Built into the cliffs it’s unbelievable architecture. You walk down the steps into your seat.


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 18:15:52
Always loved Highbury

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hK9s1kcR02Y

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AsJgWliM6qA&t=610s


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: TheDukeOfBanbury on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 18:20:16
Detest Forest Green.


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 18:21:32
I haven't been there Dukey but have noted your post the last couple of times we've played there!


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Post by: Batch on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 18:31:06
UK

favourite: Griffin park
least favourite: wherever Wimbledon played. before returning to plough lane. at least it was London
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international:

favourite: millerntor
least favourite: Varsity Stadium, Toronto


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: RobertT on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 19:03:48
I've now been to the Mercedez Benz in Atlanta and it is a cracking stadium to watch sport in.  I watched a Falcons game while stood at a bar with a direct view to the entire pitch.  Creates a lot of noise with and without the roof on.


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Post by: RobertT on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 19:05:23
I really do not like the stand you get at Selhurst Park as away fans, but I imagine you get a very different experience in the Holmsedale.


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Post by: JoeMezz on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 19:06:14
Least favourite: Yeovil


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 19:09:13
The original craven cottage before they put the roof on the away end


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Anteater on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 21:59:05
Best - Griffin Park, Loftus Road, Meadow Lane
Worst- Burnden Park, Withdean Stadium, Forest Green shithole !


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: AMayesIng on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 23:03:16
Best - Agree with Loftus Road and Griffin Park, both cracking away ends with great views and atmosphere. Always liked the Valley too. Plenty of Northern Shitholes on cold Tuesday nights would be in contention for worst, but as a genuine dump with added bonus of a chance of a kicking, Eastville edges it. Foreign grounds: saw a game at Lens (cant remember the name, but its a bugger to spell) great atmosphere.


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Post by: STFC no2 fan on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 23:24:37
Prenton Park was a decent ‘fan-zone’ a couple of years back with cheap pints and mixing with home fans. Defo beat the Barrow ‘fan-zone’ last Saturday. I quite liked Lincoln away also even though we dropped points last minute, intimidating atmosphere but old school.


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: reeves4england on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 07:58:12
Only been to Loftus Rd once but thought it was terrible… legroom as bad as Luton and couldn’t even see the goal below from the upper tier… What am I missing? I suppose both of those issues would have been averted if I’d been able to stand but it was a sell out.


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Crispy on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 08:37:42
Yeovil, Oxford & Forest Green are all shite.

Twerton Park & Paul-Janes-Stadion are superb.


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: 4D on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 08:52:41
Least favourite:
Yeovil, Burnden Park, Twerton Park, Roots Hall (old layout), the Manor, Godstone Ground, The Dell.

Favourite:
Villa Park, Stamford Bridge, Elland Road (home end view), St Mary's (good view but don't like a bowl).


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Crispy on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 08:53:33
Least favourite:
Yeovil, Burnden Park, Twerton Park, Roots Hall (old layout), the Manor, Godstone Ground, The Dell.

Favourite:
Villa Park, Stamford Bridge, Elland Road (home end view), St Mary's (good view but don't like a bowl).

Twerton is absolutely brilliant. What's not to like?!


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Post by: 4D on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 08:54:57
Tiny, open to the elements pen.


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Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 09:22:59
Defo beat the Barrow ‘fan-zone’ last Saturday.

I've kept meaning to mention the 'fan zone' from last Saturday but forgot! It was truely dreadful wasn't it and if anyone had the misfortune to use the 'ticket office' it was literally a garden shed you would buy from B&Q in the fan zone!

Holker Street was probably on of the worse I have been to, no facilities crap view (The Giant Axe is probably better TBH)

As for best, not really been to any of the big boys as I only tend to go to Town games away in the NW its generally northern shit holes. As for places I have visited as a neutral, quite like the artist formerly known as the Reebok (dunno what its called now) and St James Park used to be quite nice (not been since the massive greenhouse was added).


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Post by: Banker on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 11:17:11
St James Park used to be quite nice...

Oh no it wasn't.  :D Ah, I see, you mean St James' Park, rogue apostrophes are so important !

Fave : Louisiana Superdome (Atlanta Falcons were the visitors !)
Worst : Withdean Stadium, Brighton


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Gnasher on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 11:28:43
Fav - Hillsborough

Least fav - Gay Meadow or Loftus Road. The later as you can't see the goal from the top tier.


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 15:41:02
The Old Dell was a great away day


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Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 15:49:06
Wigan’s Springfield Park was an absolute shit heap.

Liked Goodison Park. Sporting Lisbon’s Stadium was fantastic.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 15:50:11
I got quite muddy standing on the grass bank at Springfield park


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Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 15:51:39
Hope it wasn’t you chucking clods


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 15:56:56
Funny story with the play off game in 87. Driving home somewhere south of Birmingham in a hired car we overtook a reliant Robin with Swindon speedway wrote on the side then 30-40 miniutes later as we were approaching Birdlip Hill the Three wheeler reliant was ahead of us and to this day have no idea how they got in front of us as we weren't hanging around😀


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Post by: JBZ on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 16:04:49
I quite liked the Mestalla stadium.  Bremhill View also deserves a mention.


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Post by: 4D on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 18:40:16
Bremhill view is great, especially the tree end.


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Post by: Pookemon on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 19:02:32
Best and worst is the new lawn at the vegans

When they got promoted they had some decent catering and a beer tent, plus it's just up the road.  Only downside was the traffic on way out

Now that's all gone, (apart from the traffic) not even a pot to piss into for away fans during the 45 min wait to get in and fuck all else around it.   Over sold too so you can't even see the pitch.

Nailsworth is worth a visit, but avoid the ground.   

Morecambe is a shithole but ground looks after away fans - will go there again.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 19:13:22
Aldershot was lots of fun and different!


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Post by: Batch on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 19:42:50
Quote from: Jimmy Quimm
Funny story with the play off game in 87. Driving home somewhere south of Birmingham in a hired car we overtook a reliant Robin with Swindon speedway wrote on the side then 30-40 miniutes later as we were approaching Birdlip Hill the Three wheeler reliant was ahead of us and to this day have no idea how they got in front of us as we weren't hanging around😀


maybe there were 2 of them...

though surely not!


Title: Re: Favourite/Least Favourite Stadium to visit (doesn't have to be football)..
Post by: adje on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 20:05:24
Gillingham is without doubt the worst away end in the entire country


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Post by: adje on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 20:08:37
Love Leyton Orient and ,maybe bizarrely,Crawley


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 20:11:10
I don't think so as I used to regularly see it at the abbey stadium on race night and it was a distinctive yellow with red sign writing😀


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Post by: Boy About Town on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 20:50:30
Gillingham is without doubt the worst away end in the entire country

Second this. Make do scaffold stand. Shameful.


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Post by: Boy About Town on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 20:52:55
Best and worst is the new lawn at the vegans

When they got promoted they had some decent catering and a beer tent, plus it's just up the road.  Only downside was the traffic on way out

Now that's all gone, (apart from the traffic) not even a pot to piss into for away fans during the 45 min wait to get in and fuck all else around it.   Over sold too so you can't even see the pitch.

Nailsworth is worth a visit, but avoid the ground.   

Morecambe is a shithole but ground looks after away fans - will go there again.

Any chap wanting to score points with a lady should visit Egypt Mill at Nailsworth. Recommend.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 20:53:12
Similar to Eastville where the stones would come over the top


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Post by: Honkytonk on Friday, December 17, 2021, 08:18:40
Even if I ignore our shite form there, new Wembley is bloody terrible. Getting there is alright, everyone gets a good view unobstructed which is nice and I dont ever remember queuing for the bogs there, that's about it for good points.

Atmosphere is always shit because acoustic design is not a thing to Australians apparently, and although you can physically see you're so far away from the pitch you might as well not be there (or bring some opera glasses). Every decision that was made in it makes football and it's fans play second fiddle to everything else in classic FA prawn sandwich brigade manner so fuck that.

And yet I go every time. ::)


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Post by: fuzzy on Friday, December 17, 2021, 14:01:19
Loftus Road and White Hart Lane are up there with favourites along with twin Towers Wemberley.
I have also been to the homes of Denver Bronco's- Mile High Stadium and Seattle Seahawks- Lumen Field (NFL), San Francisco Giants- Candlestick/ Oracle Park and Seattle Mariners- T-Mobile Park (MLB) and Memphis Redbirds (Minor league B/Ball). The yanks really do know how to put on a show.

Least favourite start with the current atrocity that is called Wembley but really isn't. To that I will add Adams Park as a proper nightmare to leave, The Kassham (just because), Colchester's soulless hole, Palaces place just because of access, though I have had a couple of reasonable in stadium experiences and a few more of the recent flat pack stadia.

I sometimes think that the older and shittier the ground, the better the experience because it is close, tight and has atmosphere.


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Post by: Nomoreheroes on Friday, December 17, 2021, 14:17:59
Loftus Road and White Hart Lane are up there with favourites along with twin Towers Wemberley.
I have also been to the homes of Denver Bronco's- Mile High Stadium and Seattle Seahawks- Lumen Field (NFL), San Francisco Giants- Candlestick/ Oracle Park and Seattle Mariners- T-Mobile Park (MLB) and Memphis Redbirds (Minor league B/Ball). The yanks really do know how to put on a show.

Least favourite start with the current atrocity that is called Wembley but really isn't. To that I will add Adams Park as a proper nightmare to leave, The Kassham (just because), Colchester's soulless hole, Palaces place just because of access, though I have had a couple of reasonable in stadium experiences and a few more of the recent flat pack stadia.

I sometimes think that the older and shittier the ground, the better the experience because it is close, tight and has atmosphere.
I was once up in the 'nose bleed' seats behind the goal opposite the Bronco at Mile High. The 'noise' sign started flashing to cue crowd noise. Everyone started screaming and stamping their feet. I was in the very top row seats which all started to shake like mad! It was like being at the top of a rollercoaster as the initial drop is starting! Scary as hell (for someone who doesnt like heights or rollercoasters!).....

...But yes, the Americans know how to do stadia! Even Memorial (old home for the Baltimore Colts) that was considered old and no longer good enough (when the CFL Colts played there ahead of the Cleveland Browns becoming the Baltimore Ravens and moving to Camden Yards) was better than most of the best UK stadia.

 


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Post by: fuzzy on Friday, December 17, 2021, 15:44:05
I was once up in the 'nose bleed' seats behind the goal opposite the Bronco at Mile High. The 'noise' sign started flashing to cue crowd noise. Everyone started screaming and stamping their feet. I was in the very top row seats which all started to shake like mad! It was like being at the top of a rollercoaster as the initial drop is starting! Scary as hell (for someone who doesnt like heights or rollercoasters!).....

...But yes, the Americans know how to do stadia! Even Memorial (old home for the Baltimore Colts) that was considered old and no longer good enough (when the CFL Colts played there ahead of the Cleveland Browns becoming the Baltimore Ravens and moving to Camden Yards) was better than most of the best UK stadia. 

We were up in the gods at mile High as well. Felt like we were close enough to touch the underside of the F18 Hornets doing the pre game overflight tribute.

I didn't get the noise thing at first but soon realised it was during the opposition offence possessions- making it hard for the quarterback to get his play calls across to the rest of the team.


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Post by: THE FLASH on Friday, December 17, 2021, 15:55:35
The shit hole that was Withdean was a bit special!  Complete with wanky stewards...


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Post by: Batch on Friday, December 17, 2021, 16:53:27
Quote from: THE FLASH
The shit hole that was Withdean was a bit special!  Complete with wanky stewards...

I had wiped there and Gillingham from my mind..

they are worthy of contendinf for the shithole cup, as is FGR


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Post by: Pookemon on Friday, December 17, 2021, 17:01:52
Gillingham is without doubt the worst away end in the entire country

Not sure about that.  You can see all of the pitch which you can't at (even an empty) Barrow. 
At Sutton you sit below pitch level!
 I'd also suggest the Stratton bank is worse than the scaffolding at the pikies as at least the facilities are decent for an away end.

Gillingham however is the floater amongst all shitholes.   Awful place, another one I'd happily not go back to.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Friday, December 17, 2021, 18:35:27
Layer Road on a Friday night was grim, we got beat 4-0 and had the coach bricked after the game and had to put up with a broken window in mid winter all the way to Heston services before the coach was swapped.


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Post by: china red on Friday, December 17, 2021, 19:42:17
Elland Road for me, being 6ft 3 there was an uncomfortable amount of leg room in the seats


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Post by: Legends-Lounge on Friday, December 17, 2021, 20:00:16
Layer Road on a Friday night was grim, we got beat 4-0 and had the coach bricked after the game and had to put up with a broken window in mid winter all the way to Heston services before the coach was swapped.

Yes, bricked, hmmm. Our Rimes coach was bricked on the way back from Presnton park one a Friday night after a 2-0 loss when Macari had just taken over. Rimes I believe were the human carriers of despair and misery.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Friday, December 17, 2021, 20:09:52
Definitely Rimes coaches and used to book the tickets in the record shop in commercial road.


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Post by: Cheltred on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 08:20:17
Definitely Rimes coaches and used to book the tickets in the record shop in commercial road.
That was a brilliant record shop in its time


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Post by: TheDukeOfBanbury on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 08:27:19
Definitely Rimes coaches and used to book the tickets in the record shop in commercial road.

Always prominent at away games Mate in the late 70’s early 80’s.
Happy memories.
Can’t believe that we used to drive then to Swindon to catch the coach. Get back to the CG and drive back home. Before we started to drive our own way.

Where has it all gone?
Just feels like yesterday.



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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 08:58:08
Time boys so quick Dukey and if my memory is correct you have/had a birthday this month!


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Post by: Lardy Cake on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 11:02:47
Definitely Rimes coaches and used to book the tickets in the record shop in commercial road.
Yep I bought my Rimes tickets and LP's from there as well, cracking little shop. Can't remember what the shop was called for the life of me. Does anyone remember Harold Brown from those early days on Rimes coaches ?


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Post by: horlock07 on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 11:24:16
I'd also suggest the Stratton bank is worse than the scaffolding at the pikies as at least the facilities are decent for an away end.

From recollection the away end at Edgeley Park is on a par with the Stratton Bank, with the added bonus that whilst you keep dry on a nice day, you are looking straight into the sun.


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Post by: molepar on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 12:26:08
Favourite away: Charlton and Sheff United probably - old school big grounds with character and atmosphere (and also good playoff results when I visited)
Least favourite: Colchester and Stevenage. Colchester’s ground is a clear example of a cheap, soulless Lego stadium in a poor location, far from pubs etc. Stevenage is a bit out of the way from the pubs too and doesn’t sell beer! The ground AFC Wimbledon used to play at was quite crap too.


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Post by: Walthams on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 12:30:36
The Old Valley (charlton) with the enormous terrace area, needed binoculars from the top to watch the match.


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Post by: magicroundabout on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 12:58:34
Old Wembley was a favourite.
For me I love the old old grounds. The Manor, whilst a dump was just special in some way.
Loftus Road is another favourite.

Dislikes. New Wembley. it's just a bit shit really.
And to be controversial I must say I dislike the County Ground.
the only best thing about it is looking for the flood lights whilst entering Swindon. But once inside it's just a little bit shit tbh.


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Post by: 4D on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 13:03:05
When you get on the pitch at the CG you realise how close the stands are. Tired and could do with the two ends being sorted, otherwise the CG is ace.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 13:07:02
What you doing on the pitch you rebel😀


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Post by: Boy About Town on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 13:20:21
I’ve some pics of the mystery middle tier in the DRS. May upload if I can do so via my phone?


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Post by: Boy About Town on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 13:24:29

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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 13:26:02
They aren't showing send as an attachment


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Post by: Peter Venkman on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 13:32:55
Not sure why they arent showing up TBH, they are there but not showing.

They werent showing up as they arent direct image links :)

here.

https://ibb.co/CvGWMrb

https://ibb.co/qY1jgqf

https://ibb.co/G9J0NQn


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Post by: Wobbly Bob on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 14:12:48
Could do with some loft insulation in there and also looks like a fire hazard but probably isn't.

Anyway, don't like any of the retail park grounds, padded seats in Bletchley notwithstanding.
The locations are all crap.

Bramall Lane is a favourite. Good day out and a great atmosphere.

Let's face it most grounds were shitholes in the pre Taylor Report era.
What was the place with the open air toilets. Oakwell it might have been?

Not been to many overseas, the stadiums in Lille & Lyon were both excellent.
The home of Shelbourne FC was a bit more humble.

Favourite non football ground is Sophia Gardens.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Sunday, December 19, 2021, 14:15:19
Which UK football club straddles two countries🤔


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Post by: ron dodgers on Sunday, December 19, 2021, 14:22:10
Chester


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Sunday, December 19, 2021, 14:23:04
 :clap: :clap:


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Post by: 4D on Sunday, December 19, 2021, 14:37:22
Bristol City  :)


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Sunday, December 19, 2021, 14:39:11
Bristol City  :)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9RwE8Lh4CQo&t=320s


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Post by: ron dodgers on Sunday, December 19, 2021, 14:49:52
yay! what a lovely city it is too.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Sunday, December 19, 2021, 15:13:48
Yes it is a lovely city especially with the river dee flowing through the centre 


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Post by: TheDukeOfBanbury on Sunday, December 19, 2021, 20:14:47
Chester


Used to enjoy the trips to Sealand Road.
First game of the season, very hot and got in early.
Throwing stones at the Rabbits in the bushes behind the away end. Coppers didn’t mind :)


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Sunday, February 20, 2022, 15:48:48
Proper atmospheric old ground sat amongst the terraced houses.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Evs0-GkL5fc


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Monday, February 21, 2022, 16:21:57
Never went to Ninian park but it looks as hostile as the old Den

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GxNekjfR27o&t=128s


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Post by: fuzzy on Monday, February 21, 2022, 16:40:57
Never went to Ninian park but it looks as hostile as the old Den

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GxNekjfR27o&t=128s

Went to Ninian park with our kids who were quite young at the time- must have been 2002 or 2003.
Can't remember if we were loosing or drawing but a copper in the stand sidled over and said that we would be better off leaving a bit early with the kids as the locals were likely to be unpleasant whatever the outcome.....


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Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Monday, February 21, 2022, 16:48:35
Watched Wales v England there in the early 70s. Good job I was wearing brown pantaloons! Watch Franny Lee’s equaliser.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F-oSM00RNTg


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Monday, February 21, 2022, 16:48:45
It sounds as horrible as it looks and apart from I've never come across any Town fans that went there to watch Swindon play.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Monday, February 21, 2022, 17:45:58
Watched Wales v England there in the early 70s. Good job I was wearing brown pantaloons! Watch Franny Lee’s equaliser.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F-oSM00RNTg

Great goal by Francis Lee and wasn't football great before systems and all that bollocks was invented!


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Post by: TheDukeOfBanbury on Monday, February 21, 2022, 17:48:58
Never went to Ninian park but it looks as hostile as the old Den

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GxNekjfR27o&t=128s

Cardiff were mental from mid 70’s to early 80’s.
Add Pompey and Millwall, those 3 the worst of the worst in that era following the Town.

Used to watch a few home internationals.
Cardiff at Wembley one particular game were scrapping all game, flag posts were used as weapons.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Monday, February 21, 2022, 17:58:52
I did wonder Dukey if you done Cardiff away at Ninian park. You would have to be a brave England fan drinking in the centre of Cardiff with all these nutters around.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G1nCqKfECEo


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Post by: Wobbly Bob on Monday, February 21, 2022, 18:08:04
Just one visit to Ninian Park on New Years Day 2003.
1-1 draw and we played really well against a team that was promoted that year.
Police escort back to the station.

That trip was more notable for the rail replacement bus journey from Bristol Parkway and the unscheduled stop on Faringdon Road, followed by the rapid exit and dispersal of the passengers (before the emergency services arrived) as smoke billowed from one of the seats at the back.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Monday, February 21, 2022, 18:09:06
Just one visit to Ninian Park on New Years Day 2003.
1-1 draw and we played really well against a team that was promoted that year.
Police escort back to the station.

That trip was more notable for the rail replacement bus journey from Bristol Parkway and the unscheduled stop on Faringdon Road, followed by the rapid exit and dispersal of the passengers (before the emergency services arrived) as smoke billowed from one of the seats at the back.

Good story :clap:


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Post by: chalkies shorts on Monday, February 21, 2022, 20:12:25
Went to Ninian Park in a pre season friendly - late 80s I think - also went to the Vetch a week before / after. Luckilly I took my wife. IWe went on the train and after a bit of sight seeing went for a pint on the Owen Glyndower and got to the bar and ordered my pint only to see next to me a man mountain who put his arms on the bar with a nice tattoo saying Fuck the English. We drunk up and he gave a smile as we left.
Got to the game where there about 200/300 of us. This copper came over and said where are your nutters. We said we didn't have any there and he said they had fucking plenty and were locking us in for half an hour after the game.
I could well have had 2 beatings that day but luck was on my side.
I remember they had George Wood in goal, ex Scottish international who liked a bevvy or 10 - he was getting very annoyed at the shit we gave him.


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Post by: Jimmy QuitMoaning on Monday, February 21, 2022, 20:15:15
Went to Ninian Park in a pre season friendly - late 80s I think - also went to the Vetch a week before / after. Luckilly I took my wife. IWe went on the train and after a bit of sight seeing went for a pint on the Owen Glyndower and got to the bar and ordered my pint only to see next to me a man mountain who put his arms on the bar with a nice tattoo saying Fuck the English. We drunk up and he gave a smile as we left.
Got to the game where there about 200/300 of us. This copper came over and said where are your nutters. We said we didn't have any there and he said they had fucking plenty and were locking us in for half an hour after the game.
I could well have had 2 beatings that day but luck was on my side.
I remember they had George Wood in goal, ex Scottish international who liked a bevvy or 10 - he was getting very annoyed at the shit we gave him.

I went to Swansea around 79 on Boxing Day and they all came across the pitch before kick off!


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Post by: Batch on Monday, February 21, 2022, 21:37:12
only time I've been to Ninian was to watch  bath city dump them from the FA Cup in '93.

nothing happened. even went in wrong stand (don't ask) and were politely moved.

being a student in Swansea, town centre was best avoided come derby day. Wales generally lags the civilised football world by about 25 years, especially the Cardiff wankers


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Post by: 4D on Monday, February 21, 2022, 21:59:20
I went to the Cardiff v QPR play off at the millennium, with a QPR supporting mate. Some Cardiff fan giving large piss takes after the game outside a bar. I heard the punch land on him. Laid out. Idiot.


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Post by: Formerly Drummer Boy on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 01:39:44
Favourite - Nothing comes close to La Bombonera
Least Favourite - Too many to choose from... New Wembley is up there. Hate that lifeless stadium


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Post by: OOH! SHAUN TAYLOR on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 07:21:03
Must admit, had to look up La Bombonera but yeah, any game there looks like it must be pretty insane. Boca Juniors v River Plate makes the Old Firm look like a garden party...

Favourite for me - Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia

Least - Lots...but the London Stadium is about as bland as it sounds, especially compared to Upton Park, one of the most characterful old style stadiums...


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Post by: Old_Town_Red on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 10:42:47
Best for me is the new Spurs stadium. Watched a couple NFL games there and done the tour. It is incredible.

Been to Wembley a few times to watch Swindon and England. Soulless place.

Probably obvious on here but Oxford's ground is terrible, not just because it only has 3 stands  ;)


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Post by: Batch on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 11:01:27
yeah, in the middle of nowhere, piss stain fans. 3 side, usually lose with a whimper. it's shit alright


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Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 11:03:58
Not been to many 'big' grounds, Goodison probably biggest (been to Nou Camp but not for a game) and whilst plenty of character was a bit of a dilapidated hole. So best is probably the Reebok (or whatever its called now), pretty nice to look at facilities OK and a piece of piss to get to from here via public transport.

Worst, depends when, back in the day The Manor was pretty grim, likewise Turf Moor 20+ years back wasn't great, in more recent times despite having been to a fair few non-league grounds over the years the worst was probably Holker Street last December, weather probably didn't help but good god!


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Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 11:11:41
Having lived in mainland Europe for 9 years I was lucky enough to be able to visit some cracking stadia. I'd say the Bernabeu was probably the best, helped by going to see Real Madrid take Barcelona apart 4-1. On the same holiday I went to the Nou Camp, which oddly I found unimpressive and I can't really put my finger on why. I also liked PSV Eidhoven's stadium. They had stadium heaters which was a lovely touch but did make me sleepy after a long day on the beer for a stag weekend! Closer to home the Spurs stadium is probably the best in the UK and I quite liked Stamford Bridge. I almost forgot Tynecastle, best ground in Scotland! (and I've been to both of the ugly sisters' grounds also)

Worst? Probably Colchester's ground. Nothing about it had any appeal at all.


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Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 11:26:58
You mentioning the Bernabeu jogged my memory that thy have been doing it up. This is mental https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epef95O-EwY


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Post by: BambooToTheFuture on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 14:02:28
You mentioning the Bernabeu jogged my memory that thy have been doing it up. This is mental https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epef95O-EwY

What's great is that pretty much none of that is new tech. Just utilising some very good tech in what should be in top end multi-sporting and entertainment venues :)


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Post by: ChalkyWhiteIsGod on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 17:11:52
What's great is that pretty much none of that is new tech. Just utilising some very good tech in what should be in top end multi-sporting and entertainment venues :)

First time I saw this was the 2002 World Cup. The Argentina game, I think.


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Post by: mexico red on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 17:36:11
Favourite - Azteca

Least - colchester


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Post by: Mr Stevens on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 19:20:52
Best - San Siro

Worst - Northampton when it was half a cricket pitch.
           Barrow - because it was a miserable day on all counts.


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Post by: Formerly Drummer Boy on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 00:38:55
Must admit, had to look up La Bombonera but yeah, any game there looks like it must be pretty insane. Boca Juniors v River Plate makes the Old Firm look like a garden party...

Favourite for me - Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia

Least - Lots...but the London Stadium is about as bland as it sounds, especially compared to Upton Park, one of the most characterful old style stadiums...

It was pretty mental... I was there a few months back in November, it was a dead game for the league and stage in the season but that didn't stop the Xeneizes. Buenos Aires had torrential rain all day and I said to my fiancee, I would be surprised that the game would be on considering the weather but we kept asking if the game was on and kept getting told yes, so we went.

It was an evening game, still pissing down with rain. As we're driving towards the stadium, there are buses of Boca fans gunning it down the roads, you can hear the bands on the bus, fans hanging out the windows singing and waving Boca flags. Soon as there is a red light, they are getting off the bus and dancing around the cars only to pile back onto the bus quickly as possible soon as the light turns green...

Consider an area from the County Ground to the bus station surrounding the entire stadium closed. All routes into the ground funnelling fans into designated checkpoints. The first checkpoint was checking that we had tickets to the game. 50 metres down the road, 2nd checkpoint COVID vaccination check. 3rd checkpoint another 50 metres down the road, full-body frisk search. Then we finally got to the turnstiles to get in, the band in the stadium is already playing and the fans are already singing in full voice and we were still an hour away from kick off...

Kick off time comes, the opposition players come out on the pitch at the same time the referee comes out with his linesman and proceeds to roll the ball about the pitch that's got a small pond in the middle of the pitch. The fans couldn't give a fuck though, which by this point are climbing the 20ft fences topless and swinging their shirts around their heads singing along. Fans are singing and dancing around in the rain, the massive pools of water behind the goal have turned into some sort of Klinsmann Diving competition and mass splashaton...

Obviously, the game was postponed. Did the fans still give a fuck? Hell no - they carried on for a good hour after the game was postponed, singing and dancing all night long.

The game was re-arranged for 2 days later and it's a full stadium, singing, dancing, bouncing continuously for the entire game from the bottom tier to the third tier, no fucks given for safety. The only time they stopped was for halftime. It was a shit game of football but the fans didn't stop supporting their team and the atmosphere was absolutely incredible.

Any Boca vs River would be an incredible game to go to, especially considering that the 2nd leg of the Copa Libertadores final in 2018 had to moved out of South America and to the Bernabéu because the violence from the 1st leg was too intense...

There's a reason why no away fans are not allowed to attend games in Argentina... There are all fucking nuts.


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Post by: BambooToTheFuture on Thursday, February 24, 2022, 02:03:29
First time I saw this was the 2002 World Cup. The Argentina game, I think.

Ahh nice memory jogger! I think I'm right in thinking that was the Sappora Dome in Japan/Korea. It had rotating stands which meant the football pitch could be wheeled away and grow/live outdoors.

Edit:
Checked it out. It is the Sapporo Dome but whilst there are similarities, it's not quite as advanced as Horlock's Real Madrid one above. No use of hydroponics and there is no real underground storage of the playing surfaces but in 2001/02 it still paved a way for stadia innovation. The Sapporo Dome also looks pretty stunning and only cost c£260m to make, whilst Wembley cost a stonking c£800m but I guess it does have a bloody nice arch  ::)

https://stadiumbase.com/listing/sapporo-dome/

NB: Spurs has a "split-pitch" which is quite impressive and someways is likely inspiration for the Bernabeu's future vision.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmeljNpIV1k


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Post by: ChalkyWhiteIsGod on Friday, February 25, 2022, 00:25:30
Blew my head off when I first saw it, no idea why it stuck in my memory. A lot of that world cup seemed groundbreaking and different from the usual.