Wednesday, 17 May 2017

2016/17 - Review of the season

Number of football games seen: 67
Number of new football grounds / venues visted: 55

Number of home wins: 35
Number of away wins: 20
Number of draws: 12

Highest number of goals seen in a game: 22 - AFC Villa v Hucknall Town Harriers (2nd July Pre-Season Friendly) 
Highest number of goals seen in a game (competitive): 12 - Dinnington Town v Welbeck Lions (27th August)
Largest winning margin home game (competitive): 10 - Dinnington Town v Welbeck Lions
Largest winning margin away game (competitive): 6 - Shilton v Gurdwara GNP
Most common scoreline seen: 2-1 8 times

Best game seen: 7th May - Thurlaston Magpies v L.K. United (Hinckley Sunday League President's Shield Final). An 4-4 draw that ebbed and flowed one way and another, with the game being decided by penalty kicks. Not the greatest in terms of quality, but certainly the most entertaining.
Worst game seen: 4th March - Coventrians v Enville Athletic (Midland League Division 3). A dreadful game with the biggest surprise being there was a goal scored.

Favourite new ground / venue visited: Moss Rose Ground (Macclesfield Town)

New ground that impressed me the least: I visited as per usual numerous recreation grounds, but Holbrooks Park in Coventry is one I will not hurry back to.
Most impressive back drop: Arundel Castle overlooking the Mill Lane home of Arundel FC.
Best foot & drink at a ground: No result. I seldom have anything more than a coffee at any place I visit.
Most welcoming club visited: Longlevens AFC (Hellenic League)
A warm welcome was had from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. With being recognised as first time visitors we were given free tea or coffee before the game and at half time, and a slice of cake at half time also. Also the club have a guest book for visitors to sign as well. 

Number of photo sets taken at football games during the season: 45

Below are the direct links to each photo set:

  1. 10/07: Hemsworth Miners Welfare v Tadcaster Albion (PSF)
  2. 16/07: Ravenshead v Bilborough United (PSF)
  3. 31/07: Sawtry v Stilton United (Peterborough League)
  4. 31/07: Wittering Harriers v Long Sutton Athletic (Peterborough League)
  5. 07/08: Highworth Town v Tadley Calleva (FA Cup)
  6. 13/08: Bilborough Town v Basford United Community (Notts Senior League)
  7. 20/08: Eaton Socon v Over Sports (Cambridgeshire League)
  8. 27/08: Dinnington Town v Welbeck Lions (Central Midlands League)
  9. 03/09: Melton Town v Daventry Town (United Counties League)
  10. 04/09: Stoke Golding (Sunday) v Market Bosworth 2000 (Sunday) (Hinckley Sunday League)
  11. 05/09: Coventry Sphinx v Sporting Khalsa (Midland League)
  12. 24/09: Hertford Town v Brantham Athletic (FA Vase)
  13. 25/09: Donisthorpe Reserves v Newhall Social Club (Burton Sunday League)
  14. 27/09: Leicester Road v Coalville Town Development (Leicestershire Senior Cup)
  15. 08/10: Sutton Bonington v Bottesford (North Leicestershire League)
  16. 09/10: Drayton Bassett v Edingale Swifts (Tamworth Sunday League)
  17. 15/10: Ashby Road v Fleckney Athletic (Leicester & District League)
  18. 22/10: Kegworth Imperial v C.K. Dons (North Leicestershire League)
  19. 12/11: Aslockton Cranmers v Team D.N.F. (Notts Senior League)
  20. 19/11: Bingham Town v Magdala Amateurs (Notts Senior League)
  21. 26/11: Bilborough United v A.F.C. Clifton (Notts Senior League)
  22. 10/12: Old Reptonians v Kings College Wimbledon (Arthur Dunn Cup)
  23. 02/01: Rossington Main v Shirebrook Town (Northern Counties East League)
  24. 07/01: Somersham Town v Royston Town 'A' (Cambridgeshire League)
  25. 14/01: Wymeswold v Sporting Markfield (North Leicestershire League)
  26. 21/01: Bottesford v Sutton Bonington (North Leicestershire League)
  27. 04/02: James King Blisworth v Medbourne (Northants Combination)
  28. 05/02: Three Horse Shoes v Dunton & Broughton United (Sunday) (Hinckley Sunday League)
  29. 18/02: Outwell Swifts v Cambridge City Reserves (Cambridgeshire League)
  30. 19/02: Warton Club v Edingale Swifts (Tamworth Sunday League)
  31. 04/03: Coventrians v Enville Athletic (Midland League)
  32. 11/03: Longlevens v Henley Town (Hellenic League)
  33. 18/03: Biggleswade Town v Hayes & Yeading United (Southern League)
  34. 25/03: Ashland Rovers v A.F.C. Bridgford (Notts Senior League)
  35. 01/04: Cambridge University Press v Milton (Cambridgeshire League)
  36. 02/04: Wykin v Coalville Miners (Hinckley Sunday League)
  37. 08/04: Continental Star v Coton Green (Midland League)
  38. 17/04: Warrington Town v Ashton United (Northern Premier League)
  39. 18/04: Shilton v Gurdwara G.N.P. (Coventry Alliance)
  40. 22/04: Market Bosworth v C.K. Dons (North Leicestershire League)
  41. 28/04: A.F.C. Barn v Royal Oak Bitteswell (Hinckley Sunday League)
  42. 29/04: Pagham v A.F.C. Uckfield Town (Southern Combination League)
  43. 01/05: Barns Green v Coal Exchange (Chichester Charity Cup Final)
  44. 07/05: Thurlaston Magpies v L.K. United (Hinckley Sunday League)
  45. 13/05: Fleckney Athletic v Sporting Markfield (Leicestershire Inter-League Cup)

Sunday, 26 March 2017

catch up

I know it is an understatement, but it has been a while since I decided to post on here. The stats and information though is updated on a regular basis.

Up to now I have seen 51 games of football this season with between 10 and 15 more planned until mid-May. Most of my games have been as usual in the East Midlands, though I have also managed to get to games in Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

My most recent outings in March have been as follows...

Saturday 4th
Midland Football League Division 3
@ Holbrooks Park, Holbrook Lane, Coventry

Admission / programme: none
Attendance: 30
Pin Badge: £3
Tea / coffee: 60p

A poor game and probably the worst I have seen this season. Chances were seldom seen during the game and the biggest surprise was that there was a goal scored. Easy run down the M69 to the northern suburbs of Coventry which took round thirty five minutes each way.

Holbrooks Park is a very basic set up. The club rope off one side and have a couple of sets of portable dugouts.

43 photos taken during the game can be viewed online @

Saturday 11th 
Midland Football League Under-21 Section South Division
@ King George V Playing Fields, Briar Mill, Droitwich, Worcestershire

Part 1 of a double and a game of poor quality. No photos taken.

@ Saw Mills End, Gloucester

Admission: £5 inc programme
Attendance: 23

For part 2 I headed south into Gloucestershire and before the game picked up a good friend in Cheltenham, and we then proceeded to head across the A40 to the eastern suburbs of Gloucester. 

The first thing that should be mentioned was the welcome we both had. We, well me actually got recognized as ground hoppers. We were given a hot drink before the game, and at half time another drink and a slice of cake. Also the club have a guestbook for visitors to sign.

The ground is a tidy well kept affair with a seated stand on the near side, and dugouts on the far side. The game was one of the most entertaining I have seen this season. The visitors took the lead inside the opening minute or two, but by half time Longlevens had turned it around and lead 3-1. The goals continued to flow in the second half with some good goals scored and decent football played from both sides. 

86 photos of the ground and game can be viewed online @

Tuesday 14th
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
@ Goffs Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire

Admission: £6 inc programme
Attendance: 74

With having the Tuesday night off from work I along with Oadby Town secretary Kevin Zupp made our way to Hertfordshire. Pre-match we visited a couple of JD Wetherspoons in Watham Cross and Cheshunt. 

The ground isn't too bad with a few areas of cover. The game was an average affair with the visitors two nil up @ half time and looking very comfortable. Broxbourne upped their game in the second half and secured a point with a last minute equaliser.

Saturday 18th
Southern League Premier Division
@ Carlsberg Stadium, Langford Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Admission: £10
Programme: £2
Pin Badge: £3
Attendance: 168

My dad Paul agreed to come with me today and I picked him up from his home in the east side of Leicester. Our choice of game was based on the weather forecast, and there was none forecast. Wrong. It rained just before it kicked off and didn't stop for the duration of the game. With their being several areas of cover we stayed dry, though it made taking photographs difficult.

The run across the A47 and down the A1 was straight forward and we arrived in Biggleswade in plenty of time. Lunch and a drink was had in the Red Lion in the town, and then another drink @ The Plough in nearby Langford.

The ground is functional though a bit bland. There is a spacious clubhouse on site and as previously stated three areas of cover. The main stand is on the near side which is all seated, and there are two standing only areas - one on far side and the other behind the far goal. 

The game was pretty good with the home side deserving the victory. The only goal of the first half came from the penalty spot from their #11, who then proceeded to score two more in the second half, both of these also coming from penalty kicks. This was the first time in over 1,000 games that I have seen a player score a hat-trick this way. 

44 ground and match photos can be viewed online @

Saturday 25th
Notts Senior League Division 1
@ Kingsway Park, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Notts

Admission / programme: none
Attendance: 15

After finishing work I had a few hours kip Saturday morning and got up around 12.30pm. This was always my first choice today as this was my last ground yet to visit in this division. An easy run up the M1 and I arrived at the ground in around fifty minutes. This is a basic venue with nothing pitch side, though there are floodlights. 

The game was a hard fought scrappy affair with chances at a premium, with the only goal of the game coming inside two minutes. This extended my run of games without a goalless draw to 103 games.

49 photos of the game can be viewed online @

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

September 2016

September has been a busy month in more ways than one. Not only have I been watching and photographing football as usual, but my wife Angela gave birth to our first child on Thursday 15th.

Saturday 3rd September
United Counties League Division 1
@ Digital Deadline Park, Melton Sports Village, Burton Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Adm: £2  - got charged the concession rate
Programme: £1
Attendance: 50 (head count)

This ground was my number 1 priority to visit this season, and there were two reasons for this:

1) This was the only ground in Leicestershire & Rutland down to step 8 (level 12) that I hadn't visited and
2) Also the only venue I needed to re-completed the United Counties League again.

Melton moved into this venue at the back end of last season having previously played at the All England Sports Ground in Melton itself and the Hoby Road Sports Ground in nearby Asfordby. The King George V Sports Village is the site of the former grammar school, and is also home to the town's rugby and hockey clubs. Digital Deadline Park is on the north side of the site and is completely seperate from the other venues. It has its own entrance and there is a small seated stand behind the near goal. Also there are changing rooms and a tea bar. Floodlights should be erected in early October.

The game was a really good one and entertaining for the neutral. Daventry were the better side in the first half and deservedly took the lead on the fifteen minute mark. By half time and Melton were level with Ash Palfryman converting from the spot, Daventry re-took the lead early in the second half with a penalty of their own. The hosts then raised their game, taking control and scored three goals to lead 4-2. With the game going into stoppage time Daventry pulled a goal back, but it was too little too late.

63 more photos can be viewed online @ 

Sunday 4th September
Hinckley & District Sunday League Premier Division
@ Stoke Golding Recreation Ground, Hall Drive, Stoke Golding, Leicestershire

My first Sunday League game of the season, and I made my way in a south westerly direction towards Hinckley, and Stoke Golding lies a few miles west of the town. The recreation ground is behind the village hall and parking is at a premium, especially as today there were two kids games going on as well.

I chose this game as I expected it to be a close one between the two teams, and as the score suggests this turned out to be the case. The hosts were generally the better side and scored the only goal early on in the first half.

41 photos of the game can be viewed online @

Monday 5th September
Midland Football League Premier Division
@ Sphinx Drive, Coventry

Admission: £6
Programme: £1.50
Pin Badge: £3

Very little football is played on Monday evenings, and Sphinx are I believe the only club in the Midlands that choose to play midweek fixtures on this day of the week. With nothing happening this evening I decided to make my way down the M69 for a first visit here since 2003.

The ground is a simple affair but completely adequate for Sphinx's needs and requirements. Spectators are only allowed on 2 1/2 sides of the ground and the only structure pitch side is a stand on the right hand side. I asked a club official if I could go on the sides that were out of bounds to take photos, and this was given the all clear as long as I wore a high-vis jacket. 

The game was as the score suggests fairly one sided. The visitors pretty much dominated from the off and scored at regular intervals throughout the game.

43 photos can be viewed online @

Saturday 10th September
Leicester & District League Premier Division
@ Beaumont Park, Bennion Road, Leicester

Admission / programme: none
Attendance: 10

De Montfort University have put money into, and developed this site. This was played on the 3G pitch - spectators are allowed on two sides and there is a small stand past the half way down the far side. There are dugouts on the near side and it is also floodlit as well. There are also a couple of grass pitches which are back to back like Aylestone Park FC - both of these have floodlights and the one nearest the changing rooms / clubhouse has two stands - one seated and one standing room only. 

Beaumont went into the game as division leaders with a 100% record from their opening five games, though all their games have been close. Glen had only played one game so far - a 9-4 defeat @ closest rivals two weeks ago. The game was pretty decent for this level. The hosts started off better and deservedly took the lead after 15 minutes. The lead though lasted just three minutes. Going into the final few minutes of the half and the visitors left midfielder had two excellent chances, but missed them both and inside sixty seconds it became 2-1. 

The second half saw the visitors have their best spell of the game and deservedly equalised around the midway point. It was a cracking goal as one of their central midfielders placed a shot into the top corner from thirty odd yards. A couple of substitutions for the home side changed the game as they scored two in the space of oa few minutes around the 75 - 80 minute mark. With the game going into the final stages Glen got a third of the afternoon. They still had time to create two excellent chances but could not find the equaliser. 

Monday 12th - Friday 16th September

This was the non-football week, and one week that will live long in the memory. Right from the off we, the wife and I were told that due to her age and being diabetic, she would have an induced labour. Monday morning came and we were told to make our way to the hospital. 

Tests were done and plenty of waiting around. Come Wednesday evening and I made my way home @ 9pm, but by 11.30pm I had a phone call which basically went, "they have broke my waters and I am in pain". An hour later my mum and myself were back at the hospital to find Ange in a delivery room. A long few hours followed and by 5am she was ready to begin pushing. By 7am our baby daughter Esme Joyce Campion came into the world weighing in at 6 lbs 6 ounces.

Saturday 24th September
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
@ Hertingfordbury Park, West Street, Hertford, Hertfordshire

Admission: £6
Programme: £1
Attendance: 162
Pin Badge: £3
Can of Coke: £1

With the wife and baby occupied for the afternoon, I took advantage and went somewhere that is normally out of reach on any given Saturday. With plenty of choice, in fact there was too much choice, I opted for Hertford Town FC. 

This was one I'm glad I made, with the ground being decent for the level. A rustic old main stand straddles the half way line on the near, and there is some shallow covered terracing behind the near goal. There is a small social club, catering hatch and club shop also on the near side. If needed the club have the space the erect further stands and other buildings. 

The game...a combination of goal keeping howlers and a late dramatic winner. Brantham took the lead inside sixty seconds, Hertford then took control and the lead themselves before a gift for the visitors, and this allowed them to draw level almost immediately. The second half was a more scrappy affair, and it wasn't until very late in the game that it came to life again. Brantham created and missed two good chances, and they were made to pay. Hertford booked their place into the next round, when deep into stoppage time and a low shot from the edge of the area went in via the post.

58 photos can be viewed online @

Sunday 25th September
Burton & District Sunday League Division 4
@ Donisthorpe Recreation Ground, Ramscliffe Avenue, Donisthorpe, Leicestershire

Attendance: around 20

This was a venue that until a few months ago, I wasn't even aware of and became my 179th visited in Leicestershire & Rutland. Donnie set up a reserve side in the summer and chose to play games here, while their first team continue to share the facilities @ Moira United FC. As expected it is a basic affair - typical Sunday League football if you like, with parking being on Ramscliffe Avenue itself or down a track that leads to the pitch side.

The game wasn't that bad as Donnie fielded a few first teamers who have signed on for both tgeams, and with goals coming at regular intervals this kept things ticking over. Beats sitting at home on a Sunday morning!!!

56 photos of the game can be viewed online @

Tuesday 27th September
Leicestershire & Rutland FA Senior Cup 1st Round
@ Leicester Road Stadium, Leicester Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire)

Admission: freebie
Programme: £2
Attendance: around 50

I was asked my Coalville's manager if I was able to come down to take photos of this game, and this I agreed as long as it was also worth my while. What I meant by that is financial by agreeing to purchasing digital copies.

The game was fairly one sided with the home side having the better of things for the majority of the game. That said the visitors did have their moments, and took the lead with a lovely strike from the edge of the area. By half time and Leicester Road had turned things around to lead 2-1. An excellent save from a free kick early in the second half kept the scorers level, and that was as close as Coalville got. After this three more goals were scored to put a fairer reflection on the proceedings.

This was my sixth visit to this stadium, with three being for football and three for American Football.

36 photos taken during the game can be viewed online @

Monday, 29 August 2016

another catch up

Match details and photo links to my travels over the past four weekends

Sunday 31st July 2016
Peterborough & District League Premier Division
@ Greenfields, Straight Drove, Sawtry, Cambridgeshire

Admission: £4

Programme: didn't purchase one
Attendance: 534

67 photos of the ground and game can be viewed here


Peterborough & District League Division 1
@ Townsend Road, Wittering, Cambridgeshire

Admission: £4
Programme: didn't purchase one
Attendance: 250

43 photos of the venue and game can be viewed here

Sunday 7th August 
FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round
@ The Elms, Highworth, Wiltshire

Admission: £6
Programme: sold out
Attendance: 161

72 photos of the ground and game can be viewed here

Saturday 13th August
Notts Senior League Premier Division
@ Harvey Hadden Stadium, Wigman Road, Nottingham

Admission: £2
Programme: 50p
Attendance; 45

48 photos of the ground and game can be viewed here

Saturday 20th August
Cambridgeshire County League Premier Division
@ River Road, Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire

Admission: free
Programme: £1
Attendance: 50

65 photos of the ground and game can be viewed here

Saturday 27th August
Central Midlands League Division North
@ Phoenix Park, 131 Laughton Road, Dinnington, South Yorkshire

Admission: £2
Programme: £1
Pin Badge: £3.50
Attendance: 38

57 photos of the ground and game can be viewed here

Monday, 18 July 2016

recent sporting action

Over the past two weekends I have watched a photographed two different sports in three different counties. 

1) Sunday 10th July 2016
Pre-Season Friendly
@ MDC Sports Stadium, Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam, West Yorkshire

Admission: £5
Programme: £1
Food and drink available from the clubhouse

No idea why this pre-season game was scheduled for a Sunday, but I wasn't complaining one bit as it gave me a chance to visit this ground. I had to take a detour at the start and the end of the day as I picked up my travelling companion from Oadby.

Not a bad game with both teams taking it reasonably seriously. No traffic problems either going or coming back, though we stopped off twice on route to two JD Wetherspoon outlets on the way home - The Blue Bell in Hemsworth and The Horseshoe in Wombwell.

photos of the ground and game can be viewed here...Hemsworth

google maps showing the location of Hemsworth Miners Welfare FC...

2) Saturday 16th July 2016
Pre-Season Friendly
@ Ravenshead Leisure Centre, Longdale Lane, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire

Admission / programme: none
Attendance: no more than 10
Hot and cold drinks available from vending machines in the reception

The hosts are newly promoted to the Notts Senior League this season, and having watched quite a few games in this league saw it as an ideal opportunity to tick this venue and club. Also a friend of mine Rob Hornby was going to be at the game, and with our paths not crossing for around fifteen months it gave us a chance to catch up.

Reasonable entertainment considering the level with both goals coming within three minutes of each other early in the second half. The game was not played on Ravenshead's main floodlit pitch, but this wasn't something that concerned me at all as I don't tick different pitches at the same location.

photos taken during the first half can be viewed online here...Ravenshead

google maps showing the location of Raveshead FC...

3 & 4) Sunday 17th July 2016
BBF Double A Central Division
@ Western Park, Park View, Leicester

This was a double header with both games being played over seven innings each. The first was quite feisty and a few flash points occurred, while the second game thankfully passed off without incident. As the scores suggest Leicester ran out comfortable victors in both games and moved to a record of 10-11 with four games remaining. The only side in the six team division with a record above .500 are leaders Birmingham Bandits. 

photos of game 1 can be viewed here...Blue Sox, while photos of game 2 can be viewed here...Blue Sox2 

google maps showing the location of the Blue Sox...

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Blue Sox baseball

Sunday 3rd July 2016
Leicester Blue Sox 16-10 Long Eaton Storm
BBF Double A Central Division
@ Western Park, Park Rise, Leicester

Baseball is not a sport that you associate with this country, and of the big 4 North American sports, is the least popular in terms of interest and participation. It was only until a couple of years ago that I realised that my home town had a team at all. I went down last summer and photographed a few innings, and this was my first opportunity of 2016 to have another go. My interest in the sport started around two years ago when I finally got round to getting the BT Sport television channels. I started watching it and then learnt some of the rules and terminology to help me understand and enjoy the game more. The interest cranked up a few notches when a trip to the States came to fruition, and the wife Angela and I managed to take in a game at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. From that point the Cubs became my team and I now follow them as much as I can from this side of the Atlantic. 

The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is the national governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom and was founded in 1987. The adult league structure is split both in terms of ability and geography, and brief summary is below with the number of teams in brackets:

  • National League (7)
  • Triple A - South (6)
  • Northern Conference (12)
    • North East (4)
    • North Central (4)
    • North West (4)
  • Double A (15)
    • Central (6)
    • South - A (5)
    • South - B (4)
  • Single A (21)
    • South - A (6)
    • South - B (5)
    • South - C (5)
    • South - D (5)
The Blue Sox were formed in 2006, though the sport has a long history in the city of Leicester, with the earliest reference going as far back as 1876. More information can be viewed here...history. The club compete in the Double A Central Division and compete against teams within roughly sixty miles - Birmingham Bandits, Long Eaton Storm, Milton Keynes Bucks, Nottingham Rebels and the Stourbridge Titans. 

The drive to where the Blue Sox call home takes around five minutes, and if I didn't have my camera equipment with me, would have probably walked there. There are no facilities for the teams or spectators on site, with the only permanent structure being a green cage behind the plate. 

Both teams had a mix of nationalities playing for them and including British, American, Taiwanese, Lithuanian and various Spanish speaking nationals. This game that I witnessed was the second of a double header, and was played over seven innings. When only one game is played in an afternoon then the full nine innings are played. To be fair I didn't pay a lot off attention going on as I was behind the lens, and more interested in getting some decent photographs of the action. Thankfully this turned out to be the case, and I will hopefully be down again on July 17th to take some more photographs. 

The full gallery can be viewed by clicking here...Blue Sox

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Review of the season - 2015/16

With my football watching now done for the 2015/16 season, here is my review of my football and sport watching since the 1st July 2015.

No. of football games watched: 44
No. of new football grounds / venues visited: 39

No. of home wins: 19
No. of away wins: 21
No. of draws: 3
No. of abandoned games: 1

Highest number of goals seen in a game: 15 - 08/11: South Wigston v Magna Town 2012 (11-4) 
Largest home victory: 8 - 13/09: Abbey Lions v Glevum Town (9-1)
Largest away victory: 12 - 04/10: United East Midlands v The Griffin (0-12)

Best new ground visited: Yankee Stadium, New York City FC
Favourite new ground visited in relation to level: Recreation Way, Mildenhall Town FC
Least favourite new ground / venue visited in relation to level: Glen Parva Recreation Ground, Medz FC - a case of avoiding the dog shit.

Most welcoming club: Sileby Town
Least welcoming club: Dover Athletic - away supporters treated like criminals, no programmes for sale and not even allowed to go to their club shop.
Favourite town / city visited for or due to football: New York City. One of the world's greatest cities. The wife and I loved our time there, though the trip to NY was not planned around football. More the case that I got lucky.

No. of other sporting games watched: 43 (2 American Football; 1 Baseball; 16 Basketball; 2 Ice Hockey; 4 Rugby League; 17 Rugby Union and 1 Speedway)

Favourite new venue visited:

Wrigley Field, Chicago

East choice this one. Fortunate to be able to get the finances in place to have a trip to NY and Chicago, and Wrigley Field is something special. The stadium oozes character and you can feel the history of the place. Probably the only stadium visited so far that I would love to be a regular at.

In my top five stadiums visited ever for any sport. 

Favourite action photos that I took during the season: 

This shows Stuart Griffiths celebrating after scoring for Tuffley Rovers in their FA Cup tie @ Ardley United back in August. He realised after scoring that I was there with my camera and started running towards me, and luckily I managed to get the shot in focus. 

Other photos of the ground and game can be viewed here - photos

This one was taken @ Veseyans RFC in mid-March and is of a line-out. What I personally think makes the photo stand out is the trees in the background, giving the foreground a real sense of perspective. 

Other photos taken at this game can be viewed here - photos