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.