Dundee United, Tannadice Park

Next up in my apparent series of very close derby matches is the Dundee Derby, while not quite as close as the Spakenburg Derby. Separated by only 100 yards of Tannadice Street tarmac, the derby is relatively new with the first meeting between the clubs in 1925. Dundee are the older sibling, their formation in... Continue Reading →

Shelborne, Tolka Park

You may not know or realise but Dublin is a great footballing city, it's a historic hotbed for the game containing Ireland's two most successful clubs in Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians as well as St Patricks, UCD and today's hosts Shelborne. In a similar way to the Scottish Lower Leagues, the League of Ireland is... Continue Reading →

Málaga CF, Estadio La Rosaleda

There's a consensus that European football trips are expensive, difficult to sort out and time consuming. In reality my trip to Málaga flying from Bristol cost £54, £34 for two nights in a hotel room for two nights and then two match tickets that cost €10 and €14 for the two games I attended. Having... Continue Reading →

Eintracht Frankfurt, Waldstadion

German giants Eintracht Frankfurt's most famous game was one of their heaviest defeats. Despite handing Scottish Champions Rangers a 12-4 aggregate shellacking scoring 6 goals in both legs, their 7-3 defeat to the mighty Real Madrid in the 1960 European Cup final is one of the most famous finals of all time. Officially attended by... Continue Reading →

Stalybridge Celtic, Bower Fold

Stalybridge is a town nestled in the foothills of the Pennines to the East of Greater Manchester, historically part of Cheshire. One of the first centres of textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution when a water-powered cotton mill was first built there in 1776, the town is home of former Football League club Stalybridge Celtic.... Continue Reading →

Hansa Rostock, Ostseestadion

Rostock is the third largest town on Germany's Baltic Coast after Kiel and Lübeck, the former East German port with a population of just over 200,000 is probably most famous for being a member of the Hanseatic League. The League was a commercial and defensive group of merchant guilds in cities across Northern Europe running... Continue Reading →

Hitchin Town, Top Field

The market town of Hitchin around 40 miles North of central London is your typical small Home Counties town. A leafy suburbia set in North Hertfordshire, the tow has a population of around 33,000 and has a long history of football. Hitchin FC were formed in 1865 and competed in the inaugural FA Cup in... Continue Reading →

Ijsselmeervogels, Sportpark de Westmaat

Spakenburg is a village in the centre of the Netherlands with a population of just short of 20,000. The fishing village is unremarkable, seemingly normal until Derby Day comes around. Be it Ijsselmeervogels in their 8,000 capacity ground or Spakenburg in their 8,500 capacity ground, Derbies are fiercely contested and always sold out. On Derby... Continue Reading →

FK Dukla Praha, Stadion Juliska

When Half Man Half Biscuit released All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit in 1987, the Czechoslovakian giants were already well known due to their exploits in European competition. The previous season, the Army club of Czechoslovakia had reached the semi-finals of the Cup Winners Cup losing 4-1 on aggregate to... Continue Reading →

Genoa, Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Genoa the 9 times Champions of Italy are the country's oldest active football club. Formed in 1893 as the Genoa Cricket and Athletic Club the club initially focused on, surprisingly cricket and athletics. It was however under the guidance of James Richardson Spensley football came to prominence. Richard Spensley took the role as Player Manager... Continue Reading →

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