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Review of 2008/09

July 5, 2009

I set out to attend 50 football matches over the course of the 2008/09 season. I finally managed to see 52 games from 6th July 2008 to 18th June 2009. I had intended to make my footballing odyssey last just that one season. However, I didn’t quite achieve everything I set out to this past season, and my Saturday affternoons would still be pretty boring without a game to go along to, so I’ll be back at it in 2009/2010.

For the most part I’ve enjoyed the games I’ve seen and the grounsd I’ve visited. I don’t think I travelled enough. The majority of the games I saw were in Scotland’s central belt. So, I’d like to spread my visits across Scotland a bit more. I’d also like to get to a game in England and one somewhere in Europe.

At the beginning of the season I did begin to collate some statistics for the purpose of an end of season round up. This being goal average, ticket prices, programme prices etc. I didn’t manage to keep up with it and frankly no one will be worse off for that. What I can tell you is that the most I paid for a match ticket was £40 to see Celtic take on Villareal. The least I paid was £2 for JML Accies vs. Rutherglen Vultures. Several games had no admission fee. These being the amateur and ladies matches I attended.

My highlights of the season include my two visits to Dumbarton, Ayr United’s 4-2 win over East Fife, Ardrossan WR’s 4-3 win over Troon and Clydebank’s Junior Cup run.

I also enjoyed Glasgow City’s 4-3 extra-time win over Celtic in the Ladies Scottish Cup. I’ve noticed that my fellow ground/match hoppers don’t really take in the ladies game. I’ll be continuing to go see matches at this level as they’ve all been entertaining, always serving up at least five goals. Rangers 6-5 extra-time win over Spartans in the Scottish Cup semi-final was another highly entertaining game.

The brief I gave myself was to attend games at as many different levels of football that I could, and for 2009/10 I will try to take in a wider variety. I hope that this season will see me having to explain to fewer people that ‘Junior football’ is not ‘juvenille football’.

Some other commitments got in the way of me getting to games every week and there wee a few times thoughout the season when I had 3 weeks or so of a break between matches.

I saw one 14-0 win (in the amateurs) and one 12-0 win (in the ladies game).

In total I saw 212 goals in 52 matches, giving me an average of 4.07 per game. A pretty decent return.

Two penalty shoot-outs (both straight to penalties no extra-time)
Three nil-nil draws.
Three matches went to extra-time

The 2009/10 season, has already started as I write, and my first match will be up very soon.


What’s it All About?

May 31, 2008

I used to be a regular at football matches. A Clydebank supporter from the age of 9 there was a point where I went to games both home and away. I would go to away games on one of the two supporters’ buses. If it wasn’t for football I would have visited only about three Scottish towns. My knowledge of most of Scotland’s towns and cities comes from visiting them for the football. In fact my limited knowledge of geography comes from following football over the years. At school I had no problems recognising that Budapest was in Hungary, because England played a game there that was live on television. I knew that Sofia was in Bulgaria as Liverpool had stuffed CSKA Sofia in the European Cup.

Dumfries, Forfar, Bechin and Alloa. All I’ve seen of them has been the road to and from their respective football grounds. Well perhaps the odd bakery in Forfar or pub everywhere else.

About 15 years ago I stopped going so much. This was mainly because I worked late into Friday and Saturday nights and found getting up and going to the game just too tiring. Then in 2002 my football team got bought over and ceased to exist.

In the last couple of seasons I have attended the odd, random match. A visit to Firhill here, a trip to Ibrox, Parkhead or Hampden there. Indeed even a few trips to see the newly formed Clydebank Juniors. While sat in a pub on Glasgow’s Great Western Road watching Celtic lift the SPL title at Tannadice in May, the idea popped into my head that during this coming season 2008/09 I should try to attend roughly a game a week. I quite liked going to football matches I thought. Liked the day out, enjoyed the atmosphere and when you’ve seen a good game the feeling lasts for the rest of the day.

Why 50 I’m not sure. It seemed like I had to set a target that was a task, yet still achievable. I also thought it would be good if I could take in a variety of matches at all levels of the game. I didn’t set myself any particular rules. I’m not trying to visit every league or non-league ground. I’m not trying to see every league team in the country. I am trying to take in a wide range of football and find something entertaining and interesting to write about every match.

So I set up this blog with the purpose of writing about the games and my journey to and from them, as well as posting some photographs from my visits. Now that you’ve found the site I hope there’s something here that you’ll enjoy.