Welcome to volume two of my blog paying homage to the football clubs I've visited all over the world and the wonderful people responsible for keeping them going and looking after the stadiums, and in some cases basic grounds.

Since I was a little lad I've been fascinated in football and more so where games are played. With my love of travel and curiosity of the game I wanted to visit as many grounds and see games wherever possible. I was lucky that my Dad also loved the game and spent so much of his spare time taking me to matches. As I got older the boundaries widened owing to my location and increased wages to Europe and indeed the world. The sight of a stand or a floodlight pylon in the distance immediately hightens my senses and eagerness for a closer look.

I hope this site gives you the chance to share in my pleasure and experiences and maybe one day set you on the road to adventure. If you get half as much out of the hobby as I've done I can guarantee some great memories, good friends and stories to pass on to future generations.

Give your local club a go today. They'll be pleased to see you!

Everlasting thanks primarily to my late and very much missed and dearly loved parents; my Dad Bob Bernard and my Mum; Ann, who put up with endless years of football chat and my brothers Nick and Paul who gave me the chance and encouragement to do what I have. Thanks to all my friends who offer encouragement and Sally and Stan who inspire and give me great pride. Young Stan is showing a keen interest in my hobby!

Please feel free to post any comments (please use sensible language - I want everyone to be able to enjoy reading) or ask any questions relating to visiting grounds or events. If you want to see any ground reviewed please let me know. It will take quite some time for everywhere to appear, but make sure you keep having a look as the site is continually updated.

If you click on a lot of the pictures you will get a larger version on your screen.

I have also added links to video clips on youtube where appropriate for those of you who are bored of reading or are filling in time at work. I haven't always gone for the most obvious choices, but items that will be in some cases unusual but always historically interesting.

Click to see volume one of HAOTW.

Rob Bernard


September 2015

Friday, August 17, 2012

Exmouth Town

Exmouth Town FC are a non league club based in the pretty port and seaside resort of the same name at the mouth of the River Exe. 'The Town' were formed in 1933, playing in local competition for the first forty years of their existence, moving into the King George V Ground in 1964 after previously playing at Maer Cricket Field and Raleigh Park.

In 1973 the club progressed to the Western League and winning the league title in the 1983-84 season. In the following campaign they reached the semi final of the FA Vase where they lost out on a day at Wembley after an aggregate defeat to Fleetwood Town.

However, Exmouth bounced back the next season by regaining the Western League title. They were relegated to the second tier in 1994 but bounced back nine years later. In January 2006 the club resigned their Western League place, with the reserve side in the Devon & Exeter League becoming their first team.

In 2007 the club won promotion to the South West Peninsula League and then won a further promotion in 2012-13 from Division One East 

Exmouth Town FC will play in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division in the 2012-13 season.

My visit

Tuesday 14th August 2012

I had finished my spell of night shifts and had headed south west for an evenings stay to take in the Exeter City v Crystal Palace game in the Capital League Cup that evening. After checking into the Great Western Hotel by Exeter St Davids station, I caught a train for the very pleasant ride down to the coast along the side of Topsham Bay and past Exeter Chief's Sandy Lane home.

After leaving the station I took the short walk along Marine Way alongside the railway line and then into Southern Road to the grounds entrance.

The King George V Ground was neatly set out with a mixture of flat open grass and hard standing all the way around the pitch. On the far Railway Side there was a small cover on the half way line for standing spectators. The Southern Road Side had the clubhouse, changing rooms and a low seated stand in front along with several out buildings which were used by different groups.

I had a walk around and attracted the interest of the donkeys in the field behind the Town End goal. I also noticed a couple of big dogs near the stand after noticing signs for a dog school. I trod with care!

Originally I intended to head straight back to Exeter for a siesta before going to the match, but I really liked what I saw so I went for a walk through the town and down to the sea front, harbour and marina. It really was a pretty town and there looked to be many tempting pubs. I later spoke to a visiting Palace fan who'd spent an hour or two having drinks before catching a direct train to St James Park for the match.

I headed back to the station to catch a busy train back with plenty of families who'd been to the seaside before having a rest. I really liked Exmouth and I wouldn't complain about getting to a game at The Town if I was in the area again.

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