They say there are two rules of Groundhopping.
- There are no rules
- See Rule 1
I believe there ARE standards – and for me that means…
• A ‘proper’ ground – minimum requirement
- Any ground in the top 10 levels of English football
- Any ground in the top 5 levels of Scottish football
- Any ground in the top 2 levels of Irish (north & south) football
- Any ground in the top 2 levels of Welsh football
- Overseas grounds which meet similar standards to the above
- Any other UK/Irish enclosed ground with an admission charge payable.
- No village greens, park pitches, school pitches, roped-off pitches for ‘Hop’ games, and any pitch with sheep-shit on it!
- No ground-sharers (except the owner/main tenant club)
• A ‘proper’ game
- A competitive fixture (league and bona-fide cup competition, inc county)
- No friendlies, made-up cups, women’s football, youth football, seniors or kids.
So I might not be the first to get to 1,000 but at least I have the satisfaction of knowing that all my ‘ticks’ are 100% genuine football grounds.
I thank you …..