Saturday, 7 July 2018

Holm Park - Sheppey United

Sheppey United - Holm Park

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Sheppey United Football Club
The Havill Stadium
Holm Park
Queenborough Road
ME12 3DB


Sheppey United were formed in 1890, by a merger of Sheerness Victoria and Invicta and initially played at the Sheppey United Cricket Club Ground at Botany Road. They were founder members of the Southern League and Kent League in 1894. They won promotion to Division One of the Southern League beating Royal Ordnance Factories 4-2. They also made their debut in the FA Cup, losing to then known Millwall Athletic (now of course just Millwall) 4-0. The club left the Kent League but then rejoined it in 1900-01 as well as remaining in the Southern League. However, after a single season back in Division Two, the club withdrew from the Southern League. Later on in years, they were founder members of the Aetolian League in 1959, until it merged with the London League to form the Greater London League in 1969. After that the club joined the Metropolitan League which they had a single season in 1971-72 before rejoining the new Kent League in 1972. Since rejoining the newly Kent League, the club won it 4 times, in 1973, 1975, 1979 and 1995, also winning it before they re-joined it in 72. In March 2001, the club resigned from the Kent League and their record was expunged. The senior team was disbanded until being reformed in 2003, when they joined Division Two East of the Kent County League. They finished 2nd in their 1st season and were promoted to Division One East. The club was renamed AFC Sheppey in 2007 but was soon disbanded and reformed under their original name prior to the 2010-11 season. Then onwards they moved to their new ground Holm Park in Sheerness.


Sheppey United have played their games at Holm Park since April 2013. Floodlights at Holm Park were installed at the ground in 2015, and from the 2016/17 season onwards, with 170 seats and undercover standing for a further 300 spectators at the ground. Queenborough is the nearest train station to the ground, around a 20 minute walk.


Sunday, 27 May 2018

Municipal Guillermo Amor - Benidorm CD

Estadio Municipal de Guillermo Amor

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Av. Ciudad Deportiva
s/n 03502
Estadio Muncipal de Guillermo Amor


Benidorm C.D 1-3 C.D Denia
Sunday 20th May 2018

I had visited Benidorm's ground many times in the past whilst on holiday, just hadn't managed to get round to visiting there for a game. Finally my 1st visit came in May 2018. The season had been finished and I was going on holiday with my parents and my other half, so was hoping to catch a game whilst out in Spain. My original plan was Valencia v Deportivo at the Mestalla as previous years I've done a tour there but again never been for a game. A week before leaving for Spain, I found out they changed the kick off to a 12pm which would have meant me leaving at least 5.15am on the coach from Benidorm to Valencia in order to get there on time or the next coach wouldn't have got into Valencia till 12.30pm which would have missed the 1st half, which was a bit annoying but can't be helped. So I stuck to my back-up plan in Benidorm vs Denia which was a 6pm kick off which was more than fine. After catching a bus to the ground, I arrived to the ground about half an hour before the game. I had already been in the ground before so I knew what to expect. C.D Denia came into the game needing a win to guarantee promotion and they did indeed by coming away 3-1 winners. I would say the different between Spanish and English Football is a lot different, Spanish Football is a lot calmer and patient football, whether as English is a lot more intense I'd say, but none the less I enjoyed it anyway, my 1st game abroad as well but certainly was an enjoyable experience even though it wasn't a big crowd there.


VISIT 1: Benidorm C.D 1-3 C.D Denia 20/5/18


Benidorm did have a previous club playing at the Guillermo Amor, (Picture of him below) until 2011 called Benidorm C.F but folded due to money problems. Since 2013, there has been a new club called Benidorm C.D, full name Benidorm Club Deportivo who play in the local leagues. The ground is known as Estadio Municipal de Guillermo Amor named after former Barcelona player Guillermo Amor and Benidorm legend who was born in the town. It was previously known as Estadio Municipal de Foietes. There is a tram station also at the ground which trams can be seen going past the ground in the distance whilst in the ground.


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