AS I get older I seem to get busier and I found the challenge of making regular entries in this blog a bit too much in the recent seasons. But that’s not to say that 2015/6 didn’t see me gaining a new impetus with 80 new ‘ticks’ including those in UK offshore islands, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and even the USA! It was also the season where I realised my ambition to visit every ground in the top 8 levels of English football, as well as the top 4 divisions in Scotland. For 2016/7 it’ll be the odd few new and promoted grounds I need in those 8 levels, plus the 300 and more still out there in Steps 5 & 6. My next target? Every ground in the top TEN levels of English football!
As well as recording my travels around various stadia, the general idea of this blog is to report on the availability (or not) of good ale and pescatarian food at or in the vicinity of grounds. The lack of vegetarian fayre in particular often leads me to believe I must be the only veggie (or pesky even) in football, otherwise there’d surely be a national outcry. The beer situation is marginally better, and I’d say that one in two grounds normally has at least a bottled ale on offer.
A bit about me – I went to my first match (at Filbert Street, Leicester) with my father in 1965 and followed Leicester for ten years. I always say they were ‘my dad’s team’ and when I got itchy feet (and a car) I started what I call my first tour of new grounds (1976/77), during which I went to the City Ground for the first time and got the Forest bug. They’ve been ‘my team’ ever since.
My second new ground tour started in 1987 when working in the Black Country and I followed Wolves around the lower reaches, and apart from a couple of years watching Darlington home & away (for no other reason than I loved Feethams and met like-minded souls) it’s been Forest all the way.
In 2004 I got the wandering bug again, and began my third (and still ongoing) tour of new grounds. The wife – and some bird from Chalfont St Peter – says I’m sad but it keeps me happy…