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Re: The "48"

Postby just because » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:17 pm

This is full of awesome....Cyclops, you are a legend.

I (along with jamesedrupt) have done almost all the Korean basketball stadiums (excepting Incheon) which are not many at 10 but not so many Kleague stadiums..

My list is Changwon Football Centre, Busan Asiad, Daegu World Cup, Gwangju World Cup, Ulsan Munsu, Pohang Steelyard, Suwon's Big Bird, Seoul Sangam, Seogwipo World Cup....so only 9.

Stadiums to visit next season will hopefully include Chunnam's Gwangyang Stadium, Gangwon (hopefully Chuncheon), Incheon World Cup and I would love to go back to Pohang....but I will visit whenever my schedule is available.

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Re: The "48"

Postby eujin » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:04 pm

sjc_three wrote:The Stadio delle Alpi has been demolished? The scene of my greatest supporting heartbreak gone forever? I had no idea. And feel a bit sad about it to be honest.

Korea isn't the only country to build ridiculously oversized stadiums for the World Cup that never get filled afterwards.

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Re: The "48"

Postby Cyclops » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:01 pm

I'll have to add Stadio delli Alpi to my demolished list too.

Totally agree with you guys about putting your own team first. In my first year in Korea the only games I saw were Anyang home and away matches plus the odd international and things like early FA Cup rounds. If Anyang had never suffered their sad demise I think it's highly unlikely I would have gone to even half the places I've visited.

In England I could have done the 92 several times over, but instead I can lay claim to having been to places like St.Albans, Grays Athletic and Carshalton a dozen or more times each, not to mention many hundreds of visits to Hayes Lane. I doubt I'll ever complete the 92 because I'd rather be watching Bromley.

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Re: The "48"

Postby nzfooty » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:00 am

sjc_three wrote:
The wife was beating her head against a wall only a couple of days ago, when I explained that our weekend in Namhae was reliant on Busan's progression in the first round of the National Sports Festival.


:lol: I cannot even imagine what she must have been thinking when she heard that.

Still, could be worse. Didn't one of Sean Bean's many ex-wives divorce him because he insisted on watching Sheffield Utd play York on their honeymoon?

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Re: The "48"

Postby njs » Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:19 pm

MipoFanatic wrote:
njs wrote:Anybody else been to bulldozed or abandoned grounds?

Yeah: Anyang. Image


I meant abandoned as in grass growing through the tarmac, tumbleweed, trash and broken windows, but yeah, good one. :wink:

I think it was the only ground where we met face to face. A disgrace for me, an Anyang fan to be seen down the away end after the game talking with an opposition fan. One of my own crew should have knifed me.
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Re: The "48"

Postby MipoFanatic » Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:02 am

njs wrote:I think it was the only ground where we met face to face. A disgrace for me, an Anyang fan to be seen down the away end after the game talking with an opposition fan. One of my own crew should have knifed me.

Yeah, it was good to meet you back in the day. And thanks for giving me a piece of rock from the stadium's crumbling terraces, although I must admit that my vagabond lifestyle meant that I had to discard of the sacred object on one of my international journeys.

I only met HJ once - it was at the Bucheon-Busan fixture on that same "northwest" trip that I was on. If I recall correctly, I came up earlier on the train, whereas the missus came up with the Busan supporters on their bus. That's when I knew she was marriage material. :smt117

I think the only other person from this board whom I have met is Daegu-supporting Koreadon (who rarely posts on here anymore). The rest of you are all snot-nosed newbs. :albino:

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Re: The "48"

Postby Holyjoe » Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:44 am

njs wrote:I think it was the only ground where we met face to face. A disgrace for me, an Anyang fan to be seen down the away end after the game talking with an opposition fan. One of my own crew should have knifed me.


Was there not a rather enthusiastic Korean Anyang fan who was into things like that? Wasn't he the supporters group leader who spent some time in Argentina/Bolivia/somewhere-like-that and was more than a bit mental?

I seem to recall you and Cyclops, plus one or two others, ended up in the home end at the Big Bird towards the end of a Suwon game once.. for shame!

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Re: The "48"

Postby MipoFanatic » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:06 am

I recall going into the away end at a Busan-Anyang match once and asking for njs... and was told to vamoose quickly. Might have been because of their resident nutter was off stuffing his face with instant ramen, and might re-appear in a fury at any moment! :lol:

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Re: The "48"

Postby njs » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:41 am

Jin and Jay were our mighty leaders and how dare you cast slanderous lies about them :wink: I don't remember any knives or such like, just pure passion! One of them is the source of Anyang footie news now and then.

I think Cyclops and I came down for a visit AFTER a game. We were looking for a fight.
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Re: The "48"

Postby Pikey » Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:13 pm

Well I've only been here a few months, so Ive only made it to a pretty paltry 3. But there is always next season to start exploring more.

Myself and 3 flatmates started to visit all the Scottish league grounds (42), for a home game, in one season. I dropped out because i was playing Saturdays, but they managed to do it

http://groundhoppers.org.uk/
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Re: The "48"

Postby Cyclops » Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:58 pm

Like the site. I made it to about 30 or so of the 42 in Scotland in the mid to late 90s, but not at the lightening speed your mates managed! I love the old and/or quirky grounds like Boghead, Gayfield, Ochilview, Firs, Cliftonhill, Glebe, Lesser Hampden etc, but can't stand the likes of New Bayview, Almondvale, and all the other one/two sided 4,000 seaters named after sponsors that half the lower leagues seem to be moving to.

Travelling round Korea to different grounds is great for getting to know the country and experiencing all kinds of quirky goings-on at matches, but the lack of architectural variety or pies is a definite minus.

Did you manage a pub crawl on your trip to Berwick? Definitely the best place in the league for a multi-stop all-dayer.

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Re: The "48"

Postby sjc_three » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:14 pm

Pikey wrote:Well I've only been here a few months, so Ive only made it to a pretty paltry 3. But there is always next season to start exploring more.

Myself and 3 flatmates started to visit all the Scottish league grounds (42), for a home game, in one season. I dropped out because i was playing Saturdays, but they managed to do it

http://groundhoppers.org.uk/

Awesome site. Love it. What an achievement and sounds like they had an absolute blast doing it too. Is that a Oxford United shirt?

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Re: The "48"

Postby Pikey » Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:28 pm

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Awesome site. Love it. What an achievement and sounds like they had an absolute blast doing it too. Is that a Oxford United shirt?


It is! Kieran is a massive Oxford fan. We actually did a practice run last pre season to see the mighty U's take on the hated Greenock Morton (Jamie is a big St Mirren fan). They had a lot of fun, but they were flagging towards the end. Glad to have the option not to go to Scotland's darker corners
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Re: The "48"

Postby Rothesay Saint » Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:32 am

Pikey wrote:
sjc_three wrote:
Awesome site. Love it. What an achievement and sounds like they had an absolute blast doing it too. Is that a Oxford United shirt?


It is! Kieran is a massive Oxford fan. We actually did a practice run last pre season to see the mighty U's take on the hated Greenock Morton (Jamie is a big St Mirren fan). They had a lot of fun, but they were flagging towards the end. Glad to have the option not to go to Scotland's darker corners


Scotland's darker corners don't come much darker than Crappielow, last time I was there we had a bottle chucked at us, didn't think things like that happened anymore. :oops:
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Re: The "48"

Postby Cyclops » Sun Oct 03, 2010 3:29 pm

Yeonggwang 0-1 Gwangju Gwangsan @ Yeonggwang Sportium

The long journey was finally completed yesterday!

Yeonggwang, for those that don't know, is a small rural town in Jeolla-nam-do, west of Gwangju. It is the last place in Korea you would expect to find a stadium with such a grand name as "Sportium"! I took a luxury bus down from Seoul for this one, and had a smooth traffic-free ride along with about 8 other passengers. Due to long ticket queues at Gangnam I missed the bus I'd originally meant to get, so I arrived at the olde worlde Yeonggwang terminal just as 3pm struck. The bus station alone almost made the journey worthwhile, it doubled as a very traditional market with all kinds of wizened old people selling obscure sea and land produce, and I must have been the youngest person there by about 50 years!

I had the choice of jumping in a taxi and only being a couple of minutes late, but after my 8 year odyssey to visit all the grounds it seemed a shame to rush things just for the sake of an extra half hour of low quality football, so I decided to take a slow walk instead. After the customary Mini-Stop visit to stock up on couple of celebratory cans I sauntered in the direction of the ground (a well-signposted 15 minute walk). Yeonggwang is one of those places where everyone you pass does a double-take at seeing a foreigner and all the kids say hello, so it was an amusing stroll along the short main street, and then along a country lane past some tractor showrooms and over a hill. When I passed a sign saying the ground was only a few hundred metres away I was still surrounded by agriculture and no sign at all of anything modern, but around the next bend the huge complex came into view.

As with all such places in Korea there was the obligatory indoor gymnasium, practice pitches and a huge carpark. The furthest structure from the road was the 'Sportium' itself, and as I approached the back of the large stand I could just make out the sound of the referee's whistle and players shouting to each other, although other than that the whole area was silent and deserted.

In true K3 tradition the main entrance was wide open with no-one selling tickets, so I wandered through onto the athletics track and up the steps into the stand. My arrival boosted the attendance to 13, although all except perhaps 1 of the other 12 seemed to be either club officials or friends/family of players. The game was about 25 minutes old and Gwangju in blue were a goal up and busy looking for a second. Yeonggwang in AC Milan colours were defending deeply and trying to grab chances on the break. I cracked open a Heineken and savoured the moment!

I had a wander round at half time but there wasn't much to the place. One big covered main stand and grass banks on the other 3 sides of the bowl, which would have been nice on a sunny day but the tiny crowd were all taking advantage of the roof as the rain started to fall. The second half was more of the same. Gwangju were by far the more able side but they were mostly content to keep possession and try (and fail) to score the perfect goal. Yeonggwang hardly left their own half, but in the last 10 minutes with the score still 1-0 they sniffed the chance of an unlikely point and started to throw more men forward. Gwangju's centre backs were more than equal to the high balls being knocked in though, and a largely uneventful game ended in a win for the visitors.

All in all a textbook lower-league outing, and a fitting end to a great adventure! :smt113


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