The 2018-2019 season saw me take in 155 games, 14 more than last season.
From SV Babelsberg 03 to Wideopen and District, FC Krasnodar to East Durham Blue Belles, Oldham Athletic U18s to Aberdeen, I’ve seen quite a variety of teams!
Remaining part of Easington Colliery has seen me take in 50 Easington games, and it is something that will continue into next season.
The 2018-2019 season has seen me take in a couple of very memorable games, and this post will look back on them as well as the usual statistics.
Total matches: 155
Total goals: 635
Average goals per game: 4.096
Average attendance: 1,125.17
Highest attendance: 30,424 (Sunderland vs AFC Wimbledon)
Lowest Attendance: 14 (Durham University 1sts vs Ryton & Crawcrook Albion)
Number of grounds visited: 57
Number of new grounds visited: 19
Number of different leagues watched: 18
Number of different cup competitions watched: 17
Team watched most: Easington Colliery (50 times)
Most expensive programme: Only £3
Cheapest programme: A few were free
Most expensive admission: 30 euros at Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-1 FC Krasnodar
Highest scoring game: East Durham Blue Belles 0-14 Darlington Spraire Ladies
Amount of 0-0’s: 1
Number of home wins: 76
Number of away wins: 55
Number of draws: 24
Games since a 0-0: 9
Games since the turn of 2019: 72
Televised games: Only 2 unless Bayer Leverkusen was on some channel
Most memorable games:
The game itself wasn’t brilliant, but this is because of the whole experience. I went with uni and it was my 21st birthday the day before and we had a night out in Düsseldorf. We had a tour of Borussia Dortmund on the morning/afternoon before heading to this game on a Thursday night. It was my first ever European game (Champions League/Europa League). It was a great couple of days away and a very memorable new ground. I was pleased for Krasnodar when they went through. Their players shook hands with the fans at full-time. You wouldn’t get many other Europa League sides doing that!
It’s another foreign one because they’re the ones that stand out seeming as though they’re rare! This game was taken in while I was in Berlin for the Athletics European Championships. It kicked off at 5pm and it was still about 35 degrees at that time! It was the first German game I had ever done and was a very enjoyable experience in very humid weather. Babelsberg won the game easy, killing it off within the opening half hour. Even though they were 5-0 down, the home fans didn’t seem too bothered. This game was just part of a great few days in the German capital.
This was just beautiful. Watching little Durham Women beat Manchester United 3-1 was just a beautiful sight. It was even better seeming as though the majority of the crowd was supporting Manchester United. The Durham performance showed what that team is capable of, and it was probably the best game I’ve been to in time time following the Wildcats. The Manchester United fans were very unhappy at full-time, but I loved it!
I was struggling to decide whether Durham Women or this game made the cut so I went with both in the end. It wasn’t exactly a game I was expecting to be a memorable one, but it turned out to be a cracker. It wasn’t full of top quality football, but it definitely kept you watching. Hartlepool were flying when 2-0 up, but Gillingham forced extra-time with the final kick of the 90 minutes. A few further goals followed in extra time, and it was a very enjoyable FA Cup clash.
Best new grounds:
- Linlithgow Rose
It’s beautiful. I’d heard about it in the past, but I hadn’t been. It was worth the wait to visit on the Scottish groundhop. The main stand is very nice, as is the rest of the ground. And the pies (I don’t normally eat pies) were very good too. They’re a good club, have a good team and have a lovely ground. You couldn’t ask for much else!
2) Sporting Khalsa
I could have put this in biggest surprise. Even though it’s a new build, I really liked the ground. It had something a bit different, and it was another very enjoyable visit to watch them in FA Vase action.
I was expecting to enjoy my visit to Hibs a few weeks ago, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I originally thought I would. It was something different for me. I don’t normally get a train to the game, and I don’t normally watch top flight football. But I really enjoyed it. I even bought a Hibs shirt on the way out of the ground!
As is usually the case, I can’t remember! Robert Briggs scored a good one for South Shields at Sunderland RCA. I’ll go with that.
The chicken curry at Blackburn United was very good. The food in the clubhouse at Sporting Khalsa was very good too. I’d say one of them two.
- Salford City
I though it would be when I bought it, and Salford is definitely my programme of the season. It’s only £2 and has 64 pages with some very good content. The cover for their game against Gateshead was very interesting too. A fine effort.
2) Bedlington Terriers
I’ll agree with the Northern League programme awards for this one and go with Bedlington Terriers. Their effort only costs £1 and is rather thick. Some of the pages are the same every week (mainly due to league rules) but there is still plenty of reading content and it’s well worth it’s £1 price tag.
In just six or seven weeks time, halfway through pre-season, I’m going to be in Prague for four nights. I’m hoping FC Viktoria Plzeň will be at home in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. That would be an experience! Five days after I come home from Prague, I go to Crete but I’ll be amazed if I get a game there.
I’m hoping to go to EURO 202 but that’ll probably be for the 2020-2021 season.
A massive THANK YOU to everyone who has taken time to read my posts throughout the 2018-2019 season and I hope you follow my travels next season too.