Cheers for sorting this Dave - here's mine (current '92' in bold, though would prefer to include Berwick Rangers than MK Dons in that list myself).
Aberystwyth Town – Parc Avenue Alloa Athletic - Recreation Park Arbroath – Gayfield Park Aston Villa - Villa Park Barnet - Underhill Barnsley – Oakwell Berwick Rangers – Shielfield Park Birmingham City – St Andrew’s Blyth Spartans – Croft Park Bolton Wanderers - Reebok Bradford City - Valley Parade Brechin City – Glebe Park Bromsgrove Rovers – Victoria Ground Bury - Gigg Lane Carlisle United – Brunton Park Chesterfield - Saltergate Coventry City – Highfield Road Cowdenbeath – Central Park Cullercoats - Links Avenue Darlington – Feethams Darlington – Darlington Arena Doncaster Rovers – Belle Vue Doncaster Rovers - Keepmoat Enfield – Southbury Road Exeter City – St James’ Park Farnborough – Cherrywood Road Gateshead – International Stadium Hartlepool United – Victoria Park Hereford United – Edgar Street Huddersfield Town – Galpharm Stadium Hull City – KC Stadium Ipswich Town – Portman Road Kidderminster Harriers - Aggborough Leeds United - Elland Road Leicester City – Filbert Street Leicester City - Walkers Stadium Leyton Orient – Brisbane Road Manchester City – City of Manchester Stadium Manchester United – Old Trafford Middlesbrough – Riverside Morpeth Town - Craik Park Newcastle Benfield – Sam Smith’s Park Newcastle United – St James’ Park Notts County – Meadow Lane Oldham Athletic – Boundary Park Olympic Lyonnais – Stade Gerland Partick Thistle - Firhill Plymouth Argyle – Home Park Preston North End – Deepdale Queen of the South – Palmerston Park Raith Rovers – Starks Park Rangers - Ibrox Sheffield United - Brammall Lane Sheffield Wednesday – Hillsborough Southampton – The Dell Stenhousemuir - Ochilview Stockport County – Edgeley Park Sunderland – Stadium of Light Torquay United - Plainmoor Walsall - Bescot Watford – Vicarage Road West Bromwich Albion - Hawthorns Whitley Bay – Hillheads Park Wigan Athletic - DW Stadium Wolverhampton Wanderers – Molineux Yeovil Town - New Huish York City – Bootham Crescent Wembley – old Wembley - new
---- Edited to add Bolton
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2014 11:55:00 GMT by lyongull: updated
I don't wish to sound pompous or offend anyone, but my list will ONLY comprise of Football/Premier League grounds visited. Otherwise, if we include the likes of Coach Road ( Newton Abbot), you may as well enter Clennon Valley to the lists!! Once again no offence meant
Here are mine (all watching Torquay United)
01. Bolton (Burnden Park) 02. Fulham (Craven Cottage0 03. Hull (Boothferry & KC Stadium) 04. Portsmouth ( Fratton Park) 05.Tottenham (White Hart Lane) 06. Man City (Maine Road) 07. West Brom (The Hawthorns) 08. Wigan (Springfield Park)
48. Accrington (Eagle Stadium) 49. Aldershot (Recreation Ground) 50. Barnet (Underhill) 51. Bournemouth (Dean Court) 52. Bradford City (Valley Parade) 53. Brentford (Griffin Park) 54. Bury (Gigg Lane) 55. Chester City (Sealand Road & Deva) 56. Chesterfield (Saltergate) 57. Darlington (Feethams & Reynolds Arena) 58. Exeter (St James Park) 59. Gillingham (Priestfield) 60. Grimsby Town (Blundell Park) 61. Lincoln City (Sincil Bank) 62. Macclesfield (Moss Rose) 63. Notts County Meadow Lane) 64. Port Vale (Vale Park) 65. Rochdale (Spotland) 66. Rotherham United (Millmoor) 67. Shrewsbury Town (Gay Meadow) 68. Luton Town (Kenilthworth Road) 69. Wycombe Wanderers (Adams Park) 91. Dagenham and Redbridge (Victoria Road) 92. Morecambe (Christie Park) . EX- League Clubs
70. Cambridge United (Abbey Stadium) 71. Kidderminster (Aggborough) 72. Mansfield Town (Field Mill) 73. Oxford United Manor & Kassam Stadium) 74. Rushden & diamonds (Nene Park) 75. Wrexham (Racecourse Ground) 76. York City (Bootham Crescent/Kit Kat) 77. Boston United ( York Street) 78. Halifax Town (The Shay) 79. Scarborough Town (Seamer Road) 80. Newport County (Somerton Park) 81. Plainmoor!! 90. Barrow AFC (Holker Street)
82. Aston Villa (Villa Park) 83. Man United (Old Trafford) 84. Newcastle United (St James park) 85. Sunderland (Stadium of Light) 86. Derby County (Pride Park) 87. Southampton (St Mary's)
88. Liverpool (Anfield) 89. Middlesborough (Riverside)
I haven't included Wembley or any Conference and below ONLY Grounds. (Which there are several)
AFC Bournemouth - Dean Court/Fitness First Alphington - The Chronicles Andover - Portway Stadium Arlesey Town - Chateaux Roux Stadium Arsenal - Highbury * Ash United - Shawfield Stadium Ashford Town - The Homelands Axminster Town - Sector Lane Baldock Town - Bakers Close * Baldock Town - Norton Road * Barking - Mayesbrook park Barnet - Underhill Barnsley - Oakwell Barnstaple Town - Mill Road Barry Town - Jenner Park Bashley - Bashley Rec Ground Bath City - Twerton Park Berkhamsted Town - Broadwater Bideford - The Sports Ground Birmingham City - St. Andrews Blackpool - Bloomfield Road Boston United - York Street Bradford City - Valley Parade Braintree Town - Cressing Road Brentford - Griffin Park Brighton & H.A. - Goldstone Ground * Brighton & H.A. - Withdean Stadium Bristol City - Ashton Gate Bristol Rovers - The Memorial Stadium Bromley - Hayes Lane Brook House (now AFC Hayes) - Farm Park Buckingham Town - Ford Meadow Buckland Athletic - Homers Lane * Buckland Athletic - Homers Heath Budleigh Salterton - Greenway Lane Burnham - The Gore Bury - Gigg Lane Bury Town - Ram Meadow Cambridge United - Abbey Stadium Canterbury City - Kingsmead Stadium * Cardiff City - Ninian Park Carlisle United - Brunton Park Chelmsford City - New Writtle Street * Cheltenham Town - Whaddon Road Chesham United - The Meadow Chester City - Deva Stadium Chesterfield - Saltergate Clevedon Town - Hand Stadium Clyst Rovers - Waterslade Park Colchester United - Layer Road * Coventry City - Highfield Road * Crawley Town - Town Mead * Crediton United - Lords Meadow Crystal Palace - Selhurst Park Cullompton Rangers - Speeds Meadow Dagenham & Red. - Victoria Road Darlington - Feethams * Darlington - Darlington Arena Dartington SC (now Totnes & Dartington) - Foxhole Sports Ground Dartmouth - Longcross Dawlish Town - Sandy Lane Derby County - Pride Park Doncaster Rovers - Belle Vue * Dorchester Town - The Avenue * (now Tescos) Dorchester Town - Avenue Stadium Dunstable - Creasey Park Elburton Villa - Haye Road Elmore - Horsdon Park Erith & Belvedere - Park View * Exeter City - St James' Park Exmouth Town - Southern Road Fareham Town - Cams Alders Farnborough Town - Cherrywood Road Fisher Athletic - Surrey Docks Stadium (currently being redeveloped) Forest Green Rovers - The Lawn * Galmpton United - War Memorial Ground Gillingham - Priestfield Gloucester City - Meadow Park * Gosport Borough - Privett Park Gravesend & Northfleet (now Ebbsfleet) - Stonebridge Road Grimsby Town - Blundell Park Halesowen Town - The Grove Halifax Town - The Shay Harrogate Town - Wetherby Road Hartlepool United - Victoria Park Hastings Town (now United) - Pilot Field Havant Town (now H&W) - West Leigh Park Helston Athletic - Kellaway Park Hereford United - Edgar Street Hertford Town - Hertingfordbury Park Hinckley United - Middlefield Lane * Hitchin Town - Top Field Huddersfield Town - Galpharm Stadium Hull City - Boothferry Park * Hull City - K.C. Stadium Hythe Town - Reachfields Ipswich Town - Portman Road Ivybridge Town - Erme Valley Kidderminster Harr. - Aggborough Kingsteignton Ath. - Broadpark Leeds United - Elland Road Letchworth G.C. - Baldock Road * Leyton Orient - Brisbane Road Lincoln City - Sincil Bank Liverpool - Anfield Luton Town - Kenilworth Road Macclesfield Town - Moss Rose Manchester United - Old Trafford Mansfield Town - Field Mill Margate - Hartsdown Park Millbrook - Mill Park m.K. Dons - National Hockey Stadium * Moor Green (now Solihull Moors) - Moorlands N.T. Paignton - Long Road * Newport I.O.W. - St. Geores Park Newton Abbot - Coach Road Newton Abbot Spurs - Recreation Ground Northampton Town - Six Fields Nottingham Forest - City Ground Notts. County - Meadow Lane Oldham Athletic - Boundary Park Ottery St. Mary - Washbrook Meadows Oxford United - Kassam Stadium Peterborough United - London Road Plymouth Argyle - Home Park Plymouth Parkway - Bolitho Park Plymstock United - Deans Cross Poole Town - Wimborne Road * Port Vale - Vale Park Porthleven - Gala Parc Portsmouth - Fratton Park Q.P.R. - Loftus Road R.S.C. Anderlecht - Constant van Den Stock Stadion Rochdale - Spotland Rotherham United - Millmoor * Royston Town - Garden Walk Ruislip Manor - Grosvenor Vale * Rushden & Diamonds - Nene Park Rushden Town (now R&D) - Hayden Road * Salisbury City - Victoria Park * Saltash United - Kimberley Stadium Sawbridgeworth Town - Crofters End Scarborough - McCain Stadium * Scunthorpe United - Glanford Park Sheffield Wednesday - Hillsborough Shrewsbury Town - Gay Meadow * Sittingbourne - Central Park * Southampton - The Dell * Southampton - St. Marys Stadium Southend United - Roots Hall St. Albans City - Clarence Park Stevenage Borough - Broadhall Way (aka Mecca!) Stockport County - Edgeley Park Stoke City - Britannia Stadium Stoke Gabriel - Broadley Lane Sudbury Town (now AFC Sudbury) - Priory Stadium * Sunderland - Stadium of Light Swange Town & Herston - Days Park Swansea City - Vetch Field * Swindon Town - County Ground Taunton Town - Wordsworth Drive Tavistock - Langsford Park Teignmouth - Coombe Valley Tiverton Town - Ladysmead Tonbridge - Longmead Topsham Town - Coronation Field Torpoint Athletic - The Mill Torquay - Plainmoor Tottenham Hotspur - White Hart Lane Tranmere Rovers - Prenton Park Tring Town - Pendley Truro City - Treyew Road Vospers Oak Villa - The Mill Walsall - Bescott Stadium Walton & Hersham - Stompond Lane Ware - Buryfield * Waterlooville (now H&W) - Jubilee Park * Watford - Vicarage Road Wembley Stadium West Ham United - Upton Park Weston-Super-Mare - Woodspring Park * Weymouth - Recreation Ground * Weymouth - Wessex Stadium Wigan Athletic - Springfield Park * Willand Rovers - Silver Street Wimborne Town - The Cuthbury Witheridge - Edge Down Park Witney Town (now United) - Downs Road Wolves - Molineux Worcester City - St. Georges Lane Wrexham - Racecourse Ground Wycombe Wanderers - Adams Park Yeading (now Hayes & Yeading) - The Warren * (due to return in a season or twos time) Yeovil Town - Huish Park York City - Bootham Crescent/Kit-Kat Crescent
Last Edit: Sept 21, 2008 14:37:31 GMT by spagbol74
1 09-04-96 First Luton Town v Stoke City 1-2 7.689 2 10-04-96 First Millwall v Birmingham City 2-0 9.271 3 26-12-96 Premier Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton 3-1 30.549 4 28-12-96 Premier Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 26.608 5 26-12-97 First Charlton Athletic v Norwich City 2-1 14.472 6 28-12-97 Second Millwall v Luton Town 0-2 7.461 7 29-12-97 Second Gillingham v Brentford 3-1 5.672 8 26-12-98 Premier Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 2-1 19.108 9 28-12-98 Second Reading v Notts County 1-0 13.026 10 29-12-98 Second Gillingham v Millwall 1-1 9.221 11 28-12-99 Premier West Ham United v Derby County 1-1 24.998 12 29-12-99 Premier Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 32.932 13 29-12-00 First Barnsley v Watford 0-1 13.820 14 30-12-00 Second Millwall v Notts County 2-3 11.495 15 24-03-01 Second Oxford United v Rotherham 4-3 4.493 16 31-03-01 Second Colchester United v Luton Town 3-0 4.271 17 05-05-01 Third Barnet v Torquay United 2-3 5.523 18 22-09-01 Third Luton Town v Torquay United 5-1 6.392 19 21-10-01 Second Swindon v Cardiff 0-3 8.373 20 01-12-01 First Rotherham v Walsall 2-0 6.273 21 02-12-01 First Wolverhampton v West Brom 0-1 27.515 22 29-12-01 Premier Newcastle v Chelsea 1-2 52.123 23 23-02-02 Premier Man Utd v Aston Villa 1-0 67.592 24 23-02-02 First Stockport v Wolverhampton 1-4 8.481 25 23-03-02 Premier Leicester v Leeds United 0-2 18.976 26 20-04-02 Third Torquay United v Rochdale 3-0 3.136 27 14-09-02 Second Chesterfield v Wigan 0-0 4.124 28 28-09-02 Premier Charlton Athletic v Manchester United 1-3 26.630 29 05-10-02 Third Shrewsbury v Hartlepool 0-1 3.142 30 06-10-02 Premier Aston Villa v Leeds United 0-0 33.050 31 23-11-02 Third Macclesfield v Torquay United 3-3 1.835 32 24-11-02 Premier Charlton Athletic v Blackburn 3-1 26.152 33 28-12-02 Premier Everton v Bolton 0-0 39.480 34 29-12-02 Second Cardiff v Huddersfield 4-0 13.703 35 01-03-03 Third Cambridge v Torquay United 0-1 4.280 36 02-03-03 Premier Arsenal v Charlton Athletic 3-0 38.015 37 04-04-03 Second Northampton v Wigan 0-2 5.822 38 05-04-03 Premier Bolton v Man City 2-0 26.949 39 05-04-03 Third Rochdale v Torquay United 0-2 2.216 40 13-09-03 First Coventry v Stoke City 4-2 13.982 41 31-10-03 Second Wrexham v Colchester 0-1 4.269 42 01-11-03 Third Doncaster v Torquay United 1-0 6.863 43 28-12-03 First Preston North End v Crewe Alexandra 0-0 15.830 44 07-02-04 Third Swansea v Torquay United 1-2 7.323 45 08-02-04 Premier Chelsea v Charlton Athletic 1-0 41.255 46 02-04-04 Third Southend v Scunthorpe 4-2 4.976 47 03-04-04 Third Torquay United v Yeovil Town 2-2 6.156 48 08-05-04 Third Southend v Torquay United 1-2 8.894 49 03-01-05 First Cardiff v Notts Forest 3-0 13.545 50 03-01-05 First Reading v Derby County 0-1 15.491 51 25-03-05 Second Peterborough v Colchester 0-3 4.084 52 25-03-05 Third Mansfield v Chester 0-0 3.437 53 26-03-05 Second Sheffield Wednesday v Torquay United 2-2 21.526 54 27-03-05 Conference Aldershot Town v Woking 4-0 4.458 55 07-05-05 Second Colchester United v Torquay United 2-1 4.834 56 07-10-05 Third Torquay United v Barnet 0-0 2.965 57 08-10-05 Second Yeovil Town v Swansea City 1-0 7.578 58 15-10-05 Third Carlisle United v Mansfield Town 1-0 5.293 59 05-11-05 FA Cup Peterborough v Burton Albion 0-0 3.856 60 17-01-06 FA Cup Birmingham City v Torquay United 2-0 24.650 61 25-02-06 Third Torquay United v Mansfield Town 0-2 2.494 62 14-04-06 Conference Halifax Town v Stevenage 1-1 2.253 63 15-04-06 Second Oldham Athletic v Barnsley 0-3 7.772 64 16-04-06 Premier Aston Villa v Birmingham City 3-1 40.158 65 14-10-06 Premier Portsmouth v West Ham United 2-0 20.142 66 18-11-06 First Birmingham City v Wolverhampton 1-1 22,256 67 18-11-06 Conf North Worcester City v Scarborough 3-2 1,053 68 19-11-06 First Ipswich Town v Norwich City 3-1 27,276 69 09-12-06 Third Hereford United v Torquay United 1-1 3,078 70 10-12-06 First Barnsley v West Brom 1-1 9,512 71 20-01-07 Third Notts County v Torquay United 5-2 4,311 72 17-03-07 Third Accrington v Torquay United 1-0 4,004 73 17-03-07 Premier Blackburn v West Ham United 1-2 18,591 74 18-03-07 First West Brom v Birmingham City 1-1 21,434 75 06-04-07 First Hull City v Norwich City 1-2 19,053 76 06-04-07 Second Scunthorpe United v Yeovil Town 1-0 7,883 77 07-04-07 Premier Sheffield United v Newcastle United 1-2 32,572 78 09-04-07 First Burnley v Cardiff 2-0 11,347 79 05-05-07 Third Torquay United v Hereford 0-0 2,942 80 06-05-07 First QPR v Stoke City 1-1 16,741 81 06-10-07 Conference Ebbsfleet United v Torquay United 2-1 1,368 82 21-10-07 Conference York City v Torquay United 0-1 2,483 83 19-01-08 First Watford FC v Charlton Athletic 1-1 17,214 84 16-02-08 Second Cheltenham v Hartlepool 1-1 3,583 85 15-03-08 Conf North Workington v Hinckley 1-1 372 86 16-03-08 Premier Fulham v Everton 1-0 25,262 87 21-03-08 First Charlton Athletic v West Brom 1-1 23,412 88 22-03-08 Second Bristol Rovers v Huddersfield 2-3 6,585 89 24-03-08 Conference Torquay United v Forest Green 1-0 3,071 90 10-05-08 FA Trophy Torquay United v Ebbsfleet 0-1 40,186 91 11-05-08 Premier Portsmouth v Fulham 0-1 20,532 92 06-09-08 Second Exeter City v Accrington 2-1 3.930 93 07-09-08 Conference Torquay United v Northwich 2-1 1,752
Post by David Graham's Eighth Pint on Oct 13, 2008 16:58:05 GMT
I also have my record listed on my computer. To date, I have watched a live football game in 26 different stadiums. I will hopefully be adding Woking, Lewes, Grays, Eastbourne, Kettering and Stevenage later this season.
Here's the list:
Sport Stadium List – Watching football games: 30 different stadiums
Watching Torquay United Football Club
County Ground, Swindon (Swindon Town 3–3 Torquay United) Edgar Street, Hereford (Hereford United 1–1 Torquay United) Home Park, Plymouth (Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Torquay United) Kingfield Sports Ground, Woking (Woking 2-2 Torquay United) Langley Sports Ground, Eastbourne (Eastbourne Borough 4-2 Torquay United) Layer Road, Colchester (Colchester United 2–1 Torquay United) London Road, Peterborough (Peterborough United 5–2 Torquay United) Meadow Lane, Nottingham (Notts County 2–2 Torquay United) Memorial Stadium, Bristol (various) Nene Park, Irthlingborough (Rushden & Diamonds 1–3 Torquay United) Plainmoor, Torquay (various) St. James’ Park, Exeter (various) Stonebridge Road, Northfleet (Ebbsfleet United 0–2 Torquay United) Twerton Park, Bath (Bath City 0–2 Torquay United) Underhill, London (Barnet 0–1 Torquay United) Wembley Stadium, London (Torquay United 0–1 Ebbsfleet United) Whaddon Road, Cheltenham (Cheltenham Town 1–1 Torquay United)
Anfield, Liverpool (England 2–1 Uruguay) Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (Colorado 0–3 England) Old Trafford, Manchester (various) Parken Stadium, Copenhagen (Denmark 4–1 England) Soldier Field, Chicago, IL (USA 1–2 England) St. James’ Park, Newcastle (England 2–0 Azerbaijan)
Ashton Gate, Bristol (Bristol City 0–3 Southampton) Bourne Park, Sittingbourne (Maidstone United 0–1 AFC Wimbledon) Camp Nou, Barcelona (stadium tour) County Ground, Swindon (match reporting) County Ground, Bristol (various Gloucestershire CCC matches) * County Ground, Taunton (Somerset Sabres bt. Gloucestershire Gladiators) * Edgar Street, Hereford (match reporting) Ewood Park, Blackburn (Blackburn Rovers 3–0 Southampton) Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (New York Red Bull 5–4 Los Angeles Galaxy) Goodison Park, Liverpool (Everton 1–0 Manchester United) Gresty Road, Crewe (Crewe Alexandra 2–3 Wigan Athletic) Home Park, Plymouth (Plymouth Argyle 0–3 Derby County) Huish Park, Yeovil (match reporting) Legends Stadium, Wilmington, DE (Wilmington Blue Rocks 1–9 Myrtle Beach Pelicans) ** Memorial Stadium, Bristol (various Bristol Rovers matches and reporting) Mill Road, Barnstaple (Barnstaple Town 5–1 Torrington Town) Old Trafford, Manchester (various Manchester United matches and stadium tour) RFK Stadium, Washington DC (DC United 3–3 FC Dallas) St. Andrews, Birmingham (Birmingham City 0–2 Southampton) University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM (University of NM Lobos 44–34 NM State Aggies) *** Wembley Stadium (old), London (stadium tour)
Just putting the list I sent months ago on to this thread where it belongs, with a couple of additions...
Premier League (7) Aston Villa - Villa Park Blackburn Rovers - Ewood Park Chelsea - Stamford Bridge Fulham - Craven Cottage (TUFC) Hull City - KC Stadium (TUFC) Portsmouth - Fratton Park (TUFC) Tottenham - White Hart Lane (TUFC)
Championship (10) Barnsley - Oakwell (TUFC) Birmingham - St Andrews (TUFC) Bristol City - Ashton Gate (TUFC) Crystal Palace - Selhurst Park (TUFC) Charlton - The Valley Doncaster - Belle Vue (TUFC) Plymouth Argyle - Home Park QPR - Loftus Road (TUFC) Sheffield Wednesday - Hillsborough (TUFC) Watford - Vicarage Road (TUFC)
League One (16) Brighton - Withdean Stadium (TUFC) Bristol Rovers - Memorial Stadium (TUFC) Carlisle - Brunton Park (TUFC) Cheltenham - Whaddon Road (TUFC) Colchester - Layer Road (TUFC) Hartlepool - Victoria Ground (TUFC) Huddersfield - Galpharm Stadium (TUFC) Leyton Orient - Brisbane Road (TUFC) MK Dons - National Hockey Stadium (TUFC) Millwall - The New Den Oldham - Boundary Park (TUFC) Peterborough - London Road (TUFC) Southend - Roots Hall (TUFC) Swansea - Vetch Field (TUFC) Swindon - County Ground (TUFC) Yeovil - Huish Park (TUFC)
League Two (19) Aldershot - Recreation Ground (TUFC) Barnet - Underhill (TUFC) Bournemouth - Avenue Stadium (TUFC) Bradford City - Valley Parade (TUFC) Brentford - Griffin Park (TUFC) Bury - Gigg Lane (TUFC) Chesterfield - Saltergate (TUFC) Dagenham & Redbridge - Victoria Road Darlington - 96.6 TFM Arena (TUFC) Exeter City - St James' Park (TUFC) Gillingham - Priestfield (TUFC) Lincoln - Sincil Bank (TUFC) Luton Town - Kenilworth Road (TUFC) Macclesfield - Moss Rose (TUFC) Notts County - Meadow Lane (TUFC) Port Vale - Vale Park (TUFC) Rochdale - Spotland (TUFC) Shrewsbury - Gay Meadow (TUFC) Wycombe - Adams Park (TUFC)
Blue Square Premier (13) Cambridge United - Abbey Stadium (TUFC) Eastbourne Borough - Langney Sports Club (TUFC) Ebbsfleet United - Stonebridge Road (TUFC) Forest Green - The New Lawn (TUFC) Kettering - A-Line Arena (TUFC) Kidderminster - Aggborough (TUFC) Lewes - The Dripping Pan (TUFC) Mansfield - Field Mill (TUFC) Oxford United - Kassam Stadium (TUFC) Rushden & Diamonds - Nene Park (TUFC) Torquay - Plainmoor (TUFC) Wrexham - Racecourse Ground (TUFC) York City - Bootham Crescent (TUFC)
Other Non-League (16) AFC Sudbury - Brundon Lane AFC Wimbledon - Kingsmeadow (TUFC) Basingstoke - Camrose (TUFC) Bath City - Twerton Park (TUFC) Boston United - York Street (TUFC) Bradford Park Avenue - Horsfall Stadium Dawlish Town - Sandy Lane (TUFC) Dorchester Town - The Avenue (TUFC) Hampton & Richmond - The Beveree Margate - Hartsdown Park Merthyr Tydfil - Penydarren Park Newton Abbot FC - Coach Road (TUFC) Redbridge FC (then Ford United) - Oakside Stadium Staines Town - Wheatsheaf Lane Sutton United - Gander Green Lane Welling United - Park View Road
Overseas: (5) AS Roma - Stadio Olimpico LA Galaxy - Pasadena Rose Bowl Rochester Rhinos - PAETEC Park St Pauli - Millerntor Werder Bremen - Weserstadion
I can recall the grounds I've visited, but nothing is written down and I've no idea how many. It's at least 250, maybe more. There’s a sort of 92, but not “the 92”. I’ve seen the present 92 at home but not necessarily at current grounds (and Morecambe was long ago). The one that truly got away was Ayresome Park.
I won't list my grounds but will try to tell my football-watching story. It's a sort of Seven Ages of the Football Fan (not that I've yet reached the 7th age).
My First Age – part of a Torquay childhood - started at Plainmoor during the 1963/64 season. We’re supposed to remember the first game but I simply cannot. If truth was told, my interest in TUFC as "lukewarm" between the age of 8 and 11. I can't square why I started buying Soccer Star whilst declining to watch the Spurs game in 1965.
Looking back, secondary school in 1967 - at the start of one of the great seasons - kick-started my interest in Torquay United. Talking about football was wonderful currency in making new friendships with people from such far flung places as Chelston, Preston and Shiphay. I've actually got mixed feelings about a period which, for people of my age, instils such nostalgia. In a way it was too early for me to truly appreciate what I was seeing. Not only was I watching some of the best players in the club's history but I probably expected it to be ever thus. Soon it was gone and we've not reached such heights since. Although I'm grateful to my father for introducing me to football-watching, he was a harsh critic and I found myself parroting some of his views and losing interest when things went wrong.
The great thing about my father was he took me to games when we were on holiday. My second ground was QPR in 1965 and my next - my first Division One game - was Fulham v Everton in 1966. This was 3 weeks after the World Cup Final and featured George Cohen, Ray Wilson and Alan Ball. Chelsea, Spurs, Reading (first Torquay away game), Liverpool, Bristol City, Plymouth and Exeter followed over the next year or so. During the rest of my time at school I went to most games at Plainmoor, a small number of away games - Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers, Argyle, a few more - and anything else that cropped up (including Wembley and Manchester United).
The Second Age started with university in the north of England and featured plenty of away games - I once got a seminar switched so I could make a Tuesday night at Barnsley - and loads of top flight games, internationals, European ties, etc. To be honest I welcomed the opportunity to watch something better than Torquay United (strike me down) when the price differential between watching football at, say, Tranmere or Everton was slight and very few games were all-ticket.
This age continued as I moved between Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, the SE, South Wales and Lancashire. I slowly built up my tally of grounds - not necessarily by intention - and concentrated almost entirely on watching professional football (visiting certain grounds 20, 30 or 40 times). I always went to Plainmoor on visits home - and kept up a goodly number of away games - but, from 1982, my main focus was on watching Everton during the glory times at Goodison. It's a long time ago - and me a completely different football fan - but it was a pleasure to watch that team week after week, the Glory Hunting pinnacle being the Cup-Winners Cup final in Rotterdam in 1985.
My Third Age started on 9 May 1987 with a last-minute decision to catch the 0300 from Lancashire for the Crewe game. Then, a year later, I returned (unintentionally perhaps) to live in the SW. I immediately started to watch 90% of Torquay home games and, season-by-season, more and more away matches. I was a keener supporter than ever. I continued to watch other football but it was a different diet. Hardly any top-flight stuff – save a few trips with friends to watch Newcastle away, a Copa America and other assortments – but lots of other local lower division football and, for the first time, a significant amount of non-league. My interest in big time football was now restricted to the highlights on TV.
The Fourth Age saw a more subtle change and was triggered by a conversation in a pub in Newcastle when somebody made the comment “you know how Manchester United play away from home, well...”. I realised that, for the first time since about 1971, I didn’t know (or believed I knew) how Manchester United, or any other big team, played. I cared even less. Soon I gave up watching football on TV and, for the last 10 years, I’ve struggled to engage in conversation about the Premier League, Champions League or England. This is partly due to a change of interest but also because I know I have a saturation level. I’d rather stop watching TV football than cease going to games. At times it becomes absurd – I was at Portugal v England in 2004 and England v Paraguay in 2006 (largely by chance) but I’ve not willingly watched England on TV since the Year Dot. I’m not taking any philosophical stance against Big Football. It’s just the way it is. If I lived elsewhere it might be different. The actual football I watched during this age was pretty much as before with Torquay United at the centre of things.
The Fifth Age has involved falling into the company of vagabonds who have persuaded me to watch more and more games, often an alarmingly long way down the pyramid. With our relegation this means a lot of non-league with a sprinkling of big games. The number of new grounds visited has rocketed and I now often seek to visit somewhere new. This is fine but I’m reaching a point where it's too much about quantity. Also, last season, I watched every Torquay United game home and away (with the exception of St Albans) for the first and – I suspect – last time. Quantity is easy when you’re having a career break which is continuing longer than planned.
The Sixth Age is hard to predict. Depending on circumstances it might mean a move elsewhere and a switch towards, finance permitting, greater quality (alongside TUFC).
The Seventh Age, should I get there, might see an old man’s shuffle to the nearest football pitch and a belated subscription to Sky or Setanta.
I can recall the grounds I've visited, but nothing is written down and I've no idea how many.
You're like me Barton.
I've been to homes of all the "92" as they stand at present with the exception of Morecombe. Many of the grounds would have been the old ones, not the current ones................hence The Dell not St Marys', Filbert Street not The Walkers.
I'm not and never have been obsessive about it, just watched a heck of a lot of football over fifty years.
I've also been to Barrow, Southport, Bradford Park Avenue, Workington, Newport, Halifax, Maidstone; to list just a few long lost venues, but never Gateshead.
I finally got to watch a couple of matches in the nearest "First Class" venue to my home (Emirates) this season and will go to a few more if the Arse want to continue being "nice to me" over Anthony!
I got just as much pleasure however, over a visit to Champion Hill to watch Fisher v Dorchester and a yarn with Hilly in the sunshine as I did watching Real Madrid, Juventus and SV Hamburg in pure luxury....................and that's because (like you)I am a true football fan.
Nowhere near as many other people, but I've only been following Torquay for about five years or so (i'm quite young and Dad started taking me when I was about 8 before getting a season ticket in the Promotion year)
Plainmoor - Torquay Roots Hall - Southend (unbelieveable memories!) Whaddon Road x2 - Cheltenham Huish Park x2 - Yeovil Vetch Field* - Swansea Aggborough - Kidderminster Broadfield Stadium - Crawley The Fraser Eagle Stadium - Accrington Hillsborough - Sheffield Wednesday Underhill - Barnet Twerton Park - Bath City Kitkat Crescent - York City Memorial Stadium - Bristol Rovers Gigg Lane - Bury Brunton Park - Carlisle Layer Road* - Colchester St. James Park - Exeter Highfield Road* - Coventry Field Mill - Mansfield New Lawn - Forest Green Rovers Boundary Park - Oldham Athletic Kassam Stadium - Oxford United Home Park - Plymouth Argyle Nene Park x2 - Rushden and Diamonths Raymond Macenhill Stadium - Salisbury County Ground x2 - Swindon Town The Cherry Red Fans Stadium - AFC Wimbledon Bescot Stadium - Walsall Wessex Stadium - Weymouth Racecourse Ground - Wrexham Adams Park - Wycombe Wembley Stadium
Other Random Ground Visits:
Home Park - Plymouth Argyle Deepdale - Preston North End Millenium Stadium The Old Wembley* The Amsterdam Arena - Ajax City of Manchester Stadium - Manchester City
* indicates that club has moved grounds since I went/ stadium out of use (in the old Wembleys case)
So not the biggest list, but I'm sure that over more years that will be added to a lot!