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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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Beveree Stadium - Hampton and Richmond

Hampton & Richmond Borough - Beveree Stadium

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Hampton & Richmond Borough Football Club
Beveree Stadium
Beaver Close
TW12 2BX


Hampton & Richmond Borough FC were formed in 1921, but then they were known as Hampton FC until 1999 when they changed their name in an attempt to draw a wider support base from around the borough. Hampton's early years as a football club was most spent in the Kingston & District and the South West Middlesex Leagues. Although they won the Kingston & District League twice in the 1930's, the club never actually managed to win the South West Middlesex League during their 26 year stay. In 1959, Hampton entered the senior football ranks as members of the Surrey Senior League despite the club being based in Middlesex. They won the League in 1964 and the club won the Spartan League 4 times, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1970. In 1971, they were elected in the Athenian League and after narrowly missing out on promotion in the 1st year, they finished runners-up to Ruislip Manor in 1973.


VISIT 1: Hampton & Richmond Borough 3-1 Truro City (Play Offs) 2/5/18


The Beveree Stadium has been the home of Hampton & Richmond Borough FC since 1959. The ground has a total capacity of 3,500 which roughly are 500 being seated and 900 in covered terracing. The record crowd at the Beveree was in 2009 with a crowd of 3,500 saw Hampton & Richmond just miss out on promotion in the Conference by Hayes & Yeading. Other than a football ground, The Beveree is also used for social events. The ground is used for a polling station for all local, general and European elections. The Beveree Stadium is a 7 minute walk from Hampton train station.


Hampton & Richmond Borough 3-1 Truro City (After Extra Time)
Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Vanarama Conference South Play Offs

My 1st visit to The Beveree came in May in the Play Offs of 2018. Originally I was planning to go to Hampton a couple of months before for their game against Hungerford, but decided to leave it as had plans the next day and didn't fancy getting back late as it was another late kick off. After reading up Wycombe Wanderers fan and fellow groundhopper Russell's blog on Hampton before the day came about (you can click on Russ's blog on Hampton by clicking here) I was quite impressed with the blog and judging the pictures, it looked a very good ground with nice scenery, and I wasn't to be disappointed. I arrived at the ground just before 7pm, with admission of £12 and £3 for a programme. As I was on my way to Hampton, I happen to have realised that Sky Sports commentator and the famous man who said the words, Balotelli, AGUERROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Martin Tyler is the current Hampton & Richmond coach. Sadly I wasn't able to get a picture with him, but wasn't majorly fussed.

So, after arriving at the ground, I went round the ground and took some pictures. I was really impressed with the ground, some really nice scenery as well, was made better as the weather was decent as well. Truro took the lead early on from Andrew Neal, a huge mistake at the back which trickled into the net but also had a penalty saved to deny a 2nd goal. Hampton equalised from a neat finish but then Bradley Hudson-Odei sealed the win in extra time for the Beavers to set-up a tie with Chelmsford City on the following Sunday. I did enjoy my visit to Hampton and was glad to have ticked it off this time round.