AFC Croydon Athletic v Lordswood

AFC Croydon Athletic are a relatively local team for me. I live just under five miles from their ground, the Mayfield Stadium, and for some reason I felt like getting a bit of exercise so decided to make the journey on foot. Couldn’t do any harm, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. On my groundhopping travels I’ve journeyed to stadiums all over Britain and abroad, but … Continue reading AFC Croydon Athletic v Lordswood

Carshalton Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge

The qualifying rounds of the FA Cup are, in many ways, the competition at its very best. Before the big dogs rumble up and sour everything with their infuriating wealth, this is a pocket of football that remains somewhere in the vague vicinity of pure. These rounds provide even the smallest of clubs with an excuse to dream. An opportunity to think that maybe, just … Continue reading Carshalton Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge

Beckenham Town v Punjab United

Beckenham Town’s home ground puts the “Eden” into “Eden Park Avenue”. Well, that’s maybe going a bit far. There are no snakes, or apples, or naked people here (thankfully), but I suppose what I’m trying to say is that it’s a pretty nice place to watch football. On a warm opening day of the season like this one, it seems tailor-made for sitting outside, drinking … Continue reading Beckenham Town v Punjab United

ASV De Dijk v DVS ’33 Ermelo

To the untrained eye (of which I can boast two), the world of Dutch football can feel like a confusing and impenetrable place. A place of bafflingly long team names made up of seemingly random bundles of letters and numbers. A place where a large, metropolitan and multicultural city like Amsterdam can often feel like it has only one team. The top end of Dutch … Continue reading ASV De Dijk v DVS ’33 Ermelo

Dulwich Hamlet v Slough Town

Champion Hill is a cracking place to watch football, if you know what you’re doing. Over the last ten years, average attendances here have soared from under 200 to well over 2,000, and occasionally even bypass the 3,000 mark. Given that the entire stadium doesn’t hold much more than that, the swelling crowds can often make matches feel like a real squeeze, but in the … Continue reading Dulwich Hamlet v Slough Town

Croydon v Lewisham Borough

One of the pleasures of non-league groundhopping is arriving early and having a wander round to take in the whole ground. You could easily fill an entire Instagram account with the unexpected junk so often spotted lying around the seemingly never-visited corners of some. At Beckenham Town, I spotted a cheerily-decomposing fox corpse that had clearly been there for months, if not years. Here, they … Continue reading Croydon v Lewisham Borough