First Team Sub
Nov 7, 2019, 12:45 PM
Team(s): Ipswich Town
Day 2 Saturday 2 November
Re: [Dribble!] Serbian Ground hop 7 - (1-4 November 2019)
Drive south to Gornji Milanovac and two games.
Arriving at lunchtime with our first game at 1.30pm we found two clubs right next to each other , closer than the the two Dundee clubs or the two separated by a tram line in Budapest.
We were met by a club official from the club that sit near the top of the Prva Liga - FK Metalac - a factory team, Metalac is now multi national- and money made by making saucepans. We were given a tour of this very modern ground- all parts, the pitch, changing rooms, VIP seats and Press box. Two seated stands with a few rows of terracing behind one goal, same end that backs onto the ground of FK Takovo.
The stadium has everything a small club could need , meets UEFA standards and has hosted a Serbian Under 21 game. We were told that we would be sitting ( for free) in the VIP seats for the game later in the day. Tour finished at 1.25pm, giving us 5 minutes to walk the 120 metres to the entrance to the Takovo game.
FK Takovo 1 FK Lozinca 2
SD Takovo Stadium
Srpske Liga Zapad (regional third division)
Admission: 100dnr ( under a £1)
Good win for the away team, however the home team kept trying and almost got an equaliser in the second half.
The ground had no cover but rows of open seating on one side, athletics track surrounding the pitch, in the corner by the entrance was an excellent clubhouse, serving draught beer, freshly made coffee.
Made very welcome - talk by club president at half time, free beer and coffee and then attempting to outdo their neighbours- we were given a shirt worn by the first team last season! Takovo are one of the oldest teams in Serbia (1911) and have little time for their neighbours who only appeared on the scene in the 60s even if many of the FK Takovo supporters work for Metalac!.
Once game over, a quick two minute walk to our VIP seats next door for the Metalac game.
Last New ground; Benhall St Mary, Games in 2019/20 Season; 61, New Grounds this Season; 30, Next scheduled game: Ipswich Town v Coventry City - FAC (10/12/19)
(This post was edited by Dribble! on Nov 7, 2019, 3:28 PM)