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SuperKev!
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Went to Boots & Laces last month. U18s & U16s both in action against Dagenham & Redbridge that day. No problem getting in, no problem parking. Tea bar was open.


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Thanks again, hopefully the weather will be kind.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


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I see from today's "Sunday Independent" that Plymouth Argyle's Under-18's played their home game in the Football League Youth Alliance yesterday (10.1.15) at Plymouth Marjon's 3G pitch. Assume this may have been a one-off because of weather related problems, but worth noting for those of us interested in these venues/fixtures.


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Had no problem getting into Wednesday's Middlewood Road this season, although it was for an under-21 game, and the public are kept behind a fence behind one goal (staff/scouts/press etc are allowed down the side of the pitch).

Not had problems at Forest on a Saturday morning either. Dunno when people have been, but the old main pitch, in front of the pavilion, is now half covered by a rigid tent housing an indoor pitch, and small-size kids pitches. There are two 'adult' pitches behind the now-extended pavilion presently used for Academy games - often will have U16s on one and U18s on the other, but I've seen U18s use both.

And Port Vale's training pitch can be viewed from the main club car park, albeit through a fence, so no issues with access.


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I emailed QPR today to ask if my name could be left on the gate for Saturday morning's match there and the response was that spectators are welcome anyway so no problem! I have been asked to park on the road outside as they are "packed out" on Saturday but that's not a major problem.


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Manchester City - Platt Lane, Fallowfield (imminent move to City Football Academy, date tbc)

Manchester City are now playing games at the City Football Academy (aka the "minihad"). However, according to Twitter, this Saturday's Premier U18 game v Liverpool is behind closed doors, with no spectators admitted. Seems crazy as spectators were welcome to games at Platt Lane, and now they've got a stadium with 7,000 seats !

Spectators have been allowed into FA Youth Cup games and U21 games there so far.

Fingers crossed I'll be allowed into next month's Premier League International Cup match v Leicester.




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Jaundiced Hack
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Where do QPR now play their yoof games? Oh for the halcyon days at the Guinness Sports ground with Kevin Gallen and the Italian nutter who kept getting sent off up front. Not a QPR fan but they were good fun 20 odd years ago. Does the Guinness Ground still exist?


juanjo
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Queens Park Rangers FC
Training Ground
Imperial College Sports Ground
Sipson Lane
Harlington
Middlesex
UB3 5AQ

http://www.qpr.co.uk/.../loftusrd/harlington


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Steveb
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Swansea City's game v Crystal Palace on Saturday is being played at their Landore training ground, close to the Liberty Stadium, rather than their usual venue at Fairwood.

The club have confirmed on Twitter that spectators are welcome. Kick off 11am.




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Where do QPR now play their yoof games? Oh for the halcyon days at the Guinness Sports ground with Kevin Gallen and the Italian nutter who kept getting sent off up front. Not a QPR fan but they were good fun 20 odd years ago. Does the Guinness Ground still exist?


I'm not sure what happened to the Guinness Sports Ground but mention of it has made me dig out my old Hanwell & District (Wednesday) Football League handbooks. We (Immigration FC) played there in the 84-5 season when it was being used by the never-to-be-forgotten London Fire Brigade 'G' Division FC. We won 4-0 on a very hot day in early September. Happy days.

Incidentally, there were 3 divisions of 10 teams that season, and the Heathrow Airport League where our reserves played also had 3 divisions. To the best of my knowledge, just 30 years later there are no midweek leagues in West London.



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Oh for the halcyon days at the Guinness Sports ground with Kevin Gallen and the Italian nutter who kept getting sent off up front. Daniel Dichio?



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Indeed Daniel Dichio. Had a good career in the end.
Can't remember where Guinness ground was or is. Any recent info please?

Ta


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Park Royal just off of the A40 on the other side of the railway line where Lakeside Drive is now on Google Earth, quite a good view of it on the 1945 Historical Imagery.


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The address I have is Coronation Road soI googled it and this came up:-

http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=BRE014

It looks as though it's been 'redeveloped'!



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Entrance right at the far end ?.

Street view shows a number of multi story office blocks made mainly of glass on the site. Diageo is one.


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Attended the Chesterfield U18 2 Rotherham United U18 1 match today. As detailed on the list at the start of this thread, Chesterfield now play at:
College Fields, 163 Langer Lane, Wingerworth, S40 2JW.
No problem at all with gaining admission and in fact the club were happy to confirm the slightly earlier kick off time of 10.30am in the week preceding the match. It looks like Chesterfield are here for a while as the site now has a freshly laid car park.
There are three pitches side by side, with the venue also used by Chesterfield Town of the Midlands Regional Alliance Div.2 so a nice easy opportunity of two games in a day with no extra travelling at all. Maybe I should have stayed put, but I ventured off to pastures new and 'enjoyed' my fourth 0-0 in eight games!



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This morning went to Everton 5 Liverpool 0 in U18 Premier league match at Finch Farm. No problem getting in there with a U16 game also happening. Teamsheets available


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Does anybody know if Watford U18 is still a no go area?
Hearing that news a few months ago seemed to be the final straw for me as I have only seen one game anywhere since Boxing Day and have had no desire to do so since.


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Does anybody know if Watford U18 is still a no go area?
Hearing that news a few months ago seemed to be the final straw for me as I have only seen one game anywhere since Boxing Day and have had no desire to do so since.
Haven't attempted it since that day with the ticket fiasco. I have heard that Brian Buck went shortly afterwards and got in okay, but that was a midweek game, not a Saturday. No idea what the Saturday situation is at the moment as I haven't tried. Watford, sadly, dropped a number of places down my future pecking order that day!



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Bury have taken a lease on Manchester City's former training base at Carrington, with effect from Sunday, so I'd assume they'll begin playing youth games there.

As far as I'm aware City never played any youth team games at Carrington, at least none that were open to spectators. A word of warning to any avoid accidental revisits, before City took it over it was the UMIST sports ground, and I saw Old Mancunians play there in 1999.




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KIM TRUB
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Went to Rotherham United Youth on Saturday where they played the game on 3g pitch at Graham Solley Sports Ground (Hallam University) Bawtry Road. They confirmed they will be back at Parkgate next season


AV1960
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It appears that Bury are indeed playing their Under 18 games at Carrington.
I attended Carlisle United v Portsmouth in League Two on Good Friday and the Youth Alliance feature in their programme referred to their away game at Bury on March 14th as follows: "Bury were top when we went there and it was their first game at Carrington so we knew it would be a difficult game".



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AV1960
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Visited the Manchester City Football Academy for this morning's Under 18's match v. Everton.
Assuming it would be played at the main Academy Stadium, I hadn't bothered about checking admission for spectators. On arrival, however, I found that the Under 21's match v. Southampton had been moved from Sunday to this afternoon at the Academy Stadium. The Under 18's match was therefore played on the senior youth pitch which was immediately adjacent to the Stadium. Not only that but MCFC had decided to apply a policy of no admission for casual spectators. This was for a game which would decide the championship of the Under 18 League and was also advertised on the MCFC website with no mention of restricted admission!
After jumping through a few hoops with the stewards I finally gained admission and was impressed to find that the pitch boasted a stand of around 100 seats on the half way line with room for standing spectators at the back. Refreshments were also available from the Parent's Room in the Performance Centre. With the security in place I was then rather surprised to find team sheets brought round for the spectators.
On the pitch Man City won 1-0, thereby depriving Everton of the championship and handing it to Middlesbrough. No doubt their coaches would have been very pleased with how City sat on their first half goal and killed the game but personally I like to see more creativity at youth games.
There was an obvious opportunity to remain at the Academy for the afternoon game but I decided to stick with plan 'A' and headed off to some cricket. The Academy Stadium can be ticked off some other time, possibly if next Saturday is too wet for cricket when I believe the Under 21's are playing their friends from Newton Heath.



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That, in a nutshell is one of the main reasons I took the decision just after Christmas to sever all connections with football at all levels after almost 50 years and over 6,000 games. When a casual spectator cannot now be reasonably assured of being allowed to watch a game, even if it has passed the ludicrously stringent H and S laws referees now adhere to, it loses any draw in what is an increasingly manic world where free time and finances are at a premium. There are a whole list of other reasons why I have made the decision and I am in the process of writing a piece about it. From almost pedantic reasons such as websites which cannot update changed kick-off times and list scores back to front to far more important aspects such as managers and players ritually abusing officials such as that disgusting foul rant by Chesterfield's manager the other day to a linesman who was sadly too gutless to get him sent to the stand.
It is not only football as many other sports which were important to me no longer hold any appeal at a larger level. As my job still involves local sport then I still have a contact which is not broken but football has been and it will need a completely radical overhaul for me to get the excitement back. However, I am well aware that most of those still on here enjoy the buzz and wish them well. I shall be bowing out from this website but if I can help anyone with any info I shall be bappy to do so. Find me on Facebook. Regards Kerry Miller


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Anyone know if I'm likely to be able to get into Norwich City U21 v Leicester City U21 at Colney Training Centre on a Monday afternoon (17-Oct-15)?
Thanks.


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