A far cry from concrete cows

IF there’s a better football ground in League One than the MK Stadium, then I haven’t seen it. Some say it lacks atmosphere, but that’s nothing to do with the design, for it’s as good as any modern stadium and certainly comfortable. Padded seats, decent access, facilities nearby and a reasonable pricing policy – MK Dons have a good home. And contrary to some reports, and the belief that you need a car if you live in MK, it is not difficult to find – number one or six bus from the MK Central (£2.30 return if you have a … Continue reading A far cry from concrete cows

Goals are not the only fruit: Peterborough United v Swindon Town

MOST people use the number of goals in a game as a barometer of the entertainment they have witnessed. It’s a benchmark that usually works – even the most error-strewn game can seem acceptable if the nets have bulged a few times during the 90 minutes. The game between Peterborough United and Swindon had four goals, but not many people will have left London Road feeling they had been royally entertained. It was largely a dull affair, lacking in passion and the ground, with just 4,500 people watching, seemed strangely subdued. London Road is currently known as the ABAX Stadium, … Continue reading Goals are not the only fruit: Peterborough United v Swindon Town

Calling in on….Chesterfield – getting bent out of shape

The symbol of Chesterfield is the crooked spire of St. Mary and All Saints Church, which can be seen from almost every vantage point in this Derbyshire town. Chesterfield FC are known, appropriately as “The Spireites”, a bit of a mouthful but needless to say, an original nickname if ever there was one. The power of good marketing has been recognised at Chesterfield and their matchday programme has taken to play on a word and call itself “Inspire”. What else do we know about Chesterfield? Well, for a long time, it was known as a town that bred good goalkeepers. … Continue reading Calling in on….Chesterfield – getting bent out of shape

Calling in on….Walsall, at the heart of the conurbation

“All life is here, and it ‘aint too pretty,” said the Walsall fan on the train from Birmingham New Street. “We’ve got everything…railway lines, canals, rivers, motorways and industrial units. Wonderful.” He was describing Walsall’s home since 1990, one of the first new grounds to spring up post-Taylor Report. The stadium itself is perfectly acceptable and functional, but with the greatest respect to the good people of the Birmingham conurbation, the location could be better. Unfortunately, the Bescot Stadium, or the Banks’s Stadium as it is now called, appears to be sitting beneath a motorway, and but for a few … Continue reading Calling in on….Walsall, at the heart of the conurbation