Connacht football in 2019.

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First of all the geography lesson , the Republic of Ireland comprises of 4 Provinces  with each having many counties within. Of the 4 only 3 have ”Senior” football leagues namely Leinster , Munster and Ulster , the Leinster and Munster leagues are thriving with numerous clubs and many divisions.

The Ulster Senior League is on its last legs, currently with the demise of Swilly Rovers on March 26th, 2019 it is down to 6 clubs including the Reserve sides of Derry City and Finn Harps , it wont be long before the rest enter the Donegal or the Inishowen leagues.

Meanwhile in Connacht we are already have County football , of the 5 counties of the Province of Connacht we have 4 County leagues namely the Galway & District Premier League, the Mayo Super League, the Roscommon & District Premier League and the Sligo /Leitrim Super League.

Every now and again since its demise in 2000 thoughts about reforming the Connacht Province Senior League come to light , the most recent attempt being in 2013 , unfortunately the reasons for its disappearance still exist , these being travel , finance and  the apathy of some of the clubs.

It would on paper be easy to form a strong 10 / 12 club Senior League but I can’t see it happening soon.

Meanwhile here are the 4 county leagues as they exist for 2018/19 season , in the case of Mayo who run a Summer season they are 2019 details.

 

Galway & District Premier. (10 clubs)

http://galwayfa.ie/

Athenry  @ ”Moanbaun”, Athenry.

Corrib Celtic @ C. C Grounds, Gortscully, Annaghdown.

Galway Bohs @ Millers Lane, Western Distributor Rd, Galway.

Galway Hibs @ Headford Rd, Bohermore.

Loughrea Rams  @ Bushfield, off R350.

Maree / Oranmore  @ Ard na Mara, off Main St, Oranmore.

Merlin Woods @ ARD Resource Centre, Doughiska Road, Galway.

Mervue United @ Fahy’s Field, Walter Macken Place, Galway.

Salthill  Devon @  Drom Soccer Park, Drum East, Tonabracky, Galway.

West United @ South Park, Claddagh, Galway.

 

Mayo Super League. ( 10 clubs).

http://www.mayofootballleague.ie/l/league/547649717.html

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allina Town  @ Belleek Park, Caravan Park, Ballina.

Ballyglass @ Michael Keaveney Park, Ballyglass.

Ballyhaunis @ Station Rise, Ballyhaunis.

Ballyheane  @ Pat Quigley Park, off N84, Cornaveagh.

Castlebar Celtic @ Celtic Park, Pavilion Rd, Curragh,Castlebar.

Claremorris @ Concannon Park, Claremorris.

Manulla @ Manulla Park, Carrowntober  Eighty

Snugboro United @ Edward Conway Park, Coarsepark.

Straide & Foxford United @ Green Road, Foxford.

Westport United @ United Park ,Westport.

 

Roscommon & District Premier League. ( 12 clubs).

http://soccerleagues.comortais.com/homepage.aspx?oid=1002

 

Ballinasloe Town  @ Curragh Park, Brackernagh.

Ballymore @ Ballymore Sportsfield.

Boyle Celtic @ Celtic Park, The Warren.

Castlerea Celtic @  Henry Byrne Road, Demesne, Castlerea.

Cloonfad United @ Cloonfad Park, Levallyroe.

Dysart @ Dysart Community Centre, Lisnamaucklagh.

Kikerrin United @ Father Lynch Park, Kilkerrin.

Moore United @ Falty Pitch, Moore.

St Peters @ McArthy Park, Newton Carbury Road, Bellaugh , Athlone.

Shiven Rovers @ ”Killyan”, Newbridge.

Skyevalley Rovers @ Donagh Park , Taughmaconnell.

Strokestown United  @ ”Kiltrustan”, Strokestown.

 

Sligo/Leitrim Super League. ( 10 clubs)

http://soccerleagues.comortais.com/homepage.aspx?oid=1000

 

Aughanagh Celtic  @ Hollybrook Sportsfield, Ballinafad.

Ballisodare United @ Sportsfield,  Ballisodare.

Ballymote Celtic @ Brother Walfrid / Corran Park, Ballymote.

Calry Bohs @ Community Park, Butlers Lane ,Hazlewood.

Carbury @ Forthill,  Seaview Park, Sligo.

Glenview Stars @ Forthill, Warren, Sligo.

Manor Rangers @ Bee Park Resource Centre, Manorhamilton.

Mail Coach Road ( MCR) @ Sean Fallon Park, Abbeyquarter South, Sligo.

Merville United @ Merville  Centre, Maugheraboy Road, Knappagh Beg.

Strand Celtic @ Strandhill Community Park, Airport Road, Carrowbunnaun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baltic updates.

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Latvia.

F K Ventspils  have gone back to Olympic Stadium ,Sporta iela  7/9. (09/04/2019).

Gone back a round earlier than expected with the club slagging off the league with so many games on school artificial pitches  ! They appear to be happy to be the first to go back to a proper stadium.

Their words translated from their website –

The Game will be held at the Central Stadium, the beginning-17:00. The real football Begins-Congratulations! For the second year in a row, the FKV starts on the green field before all Latvian clubs, and more so-before all in the Baltics! Serious football is not for “Schools “, serious football for football stadiums! ”

 

Liepaja moved back to main stadium on May 4.

Riga F S moved to Akadiaja Stadium on May 17.

Spartaks Jurmala went back to Slokas on May 12.

 

 

Baltic Countries Stadiums Season 2019.

Baltic Countries Stadiums Season 2019.

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On planning a trip to the Baltics I found as usual a host of sites inc Wikipedia / Europlan etc had a lot of wrong venues for the teams in Estonia , Latvia & Lithuania. Scoresway / Soccerway on this occasion were better than most !

I tend to use local sites and I’ve come up with the following version of stadiums used by teams  , my first trip this season coincides with their cold season so I’m visiting a number of alternative venues to the norm , those used as an alternative to grass pitches . I’ve tried to list all venues and dates used for 2019 games.

My trip begun in Estonia and that’s where I’ll begin , on speaking to club officials at games they were of the opinion that clubs will move to smaller manageable grounds in the future. One of the main reasons being TV , most games nowadays are on TV and floodlighting lux required is easier to obtain at small compact grounds.

I’ll not list games seen yet as I’m still mid trip , that may be a future post.

Part 1.

ESTONIA. 2019.

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Top flight ( Meistriliiga).

F C Flora Tallinn @ Sportland Arena, Asula 4 for their first 5 home games  R1 on 10th  03 — R9  on  03rd  05  then remaining 13 home games from R 11 on  18th  05 at Le Coq Arena , Asula 4c.

Sportland and Le Coq are next to each other.

 Kuressaare F C @ Kuressaare Artificial ( Taive 88a ) for their first 4 home games R2 on 16th  03 — R8 on  27th  04 then remaining 14 games from R10 on 10th  05 at Kuressaare Linnastadion ( Staadioni 6).

They are about a mile and a half from each other.

F C I Levadia Tallinn @ Sportland Arena for their first 4 home games  R1 on 9th  04 — R 8 on 28th  04  then remaining 14 home games from R10  on 11th  05 at Le Coq Stadium.

Sportland and Le Coq are next to each other.

Maardu City (Linnameeskond) F C @ Maardu City Artificial (Kaaari 4) for their first 4 home games  R2 on 17th 03 — R 8  27th  04 then 9 games at City Stadium  R 11 on 19th 05 — R26 on 28th 08  then the remaining last 5 home games back on artificial  with R28 on 15th  09 — R36  on 09th 11.

The grounds are next to each other.

J K Narva Trans @ Norra Kalev Stadium (  Hardiuse 22b) for their first 5 home games  R1 on 9th 03 — R9 on  4th 05 then 9 games at Kreenholmi Stadium, ( Kreenholmi 54b )  R11 on 11th  05 — R26  on  28th 08  before returning to Norra Kalev for R29 on 18th 09  for remaining 4 home games.

The grounds are about 2 miles apart.

Paide City (Linnameeskond) FC  @ City Artificial (Kooli 1) for their first 5 home games  (R1 on  17th 03 — R9 on  4th  05) then at City Stadium for their remaining 13 home games from R11  on 18th  05 .

The grounds are next to each other.

Tallinna Kalev , all 18 home games @  Kalevi Artificial Stadium ( next door to main large / grass pitch Kalevi  Kesk/Central Stadium at Staadioni 3).

Tallinna Nomme Kalju , all 18 home games @  Hiiu Stadium , Pidu 11 (Artificial).

Tammeka Tartu JK @  Tartu Sepa Artificial (Sepa 15a) for their first 5 home games  R1 on  10th  03 — R9  on  3rd  05 then @ Tamme Stadium (Tamme puistee 1) for remaining 13 home games from R12  – on 22nd  05.

Tulevik K Viljandi @ City Artificial (Raana puistee) for first 4 home games with R2  on  16th  03  — R8  on  28th  04  then remaining 14 home games beginning at  R 10 on 12th  05 @ City Stadium.

The grounds are next to each other.

So as you see just 2  clubs using 1 stadium the remaining 8 using 2 , some starting on artificial and returning after a spell on grass , good for arthritis.

The clubs can if necessary  revert to artificial as and when they want / weather issues etc.

Stadiums listed have been gleaned from Estonian official sources but as always check nearer the time if your going.

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Part 2.

Latvia. 2019.

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Top flight , Virsliga / Higher League.

Starting with 9 clubs this season following the non relegation of Valmieras , all are playing on artificial surfaces at the moment.

So no moving about with the weather like Estonia & Lithuania except for a couple of games.

Some clubs Jelgava, Liepaja , Spartaks Jurmala and Ventspils have moved off grass large stadiums to more cosy artificial surface stadiums.

Virsliga. 2019.

BFC Daugavpils @ Celtnieks Stadium , Jelgavas iela 7.

FK Jelgava @ Jelgava Training Centre Stadium, Karklu iela 6.

Jelgava have moved 3 miles from the grass Olympic Sports Centre, Kronvelda 2.

FK Liepaja @ Daugava Stadium Artificial, Piejuras Parks 3, Jurmala iela.

Next door to main stadium.

Back at main stadium on May 4.

Metta/ Latvia University @ Rigas Hanzas High School Stadium, Grostonas 5, Riga.

Rigas Football School @ Rigas Technical University Stadium, Daugavgrivas iela 56, Riga.

Moved to Arkadija Stadium on May 17.

Riga F C @ Rigas Technical University Stadium, Daugavgrivas iela 56, Riga.

FK Spartaks Jurmala @ Kauguru High School Stadium, Raina iela , Kauguri.

Moved to Slokas Stadium on May 12.

Spartaks used to spend the summer months at the  larger ground with a grass pitch at nearby Slokas Stadium.

Valmieras FK @ Vidzemes Olympic Centre Stadium, 93 Rigas iela, Vidzeme.

F K Ventspils @ Ventspils 2 pamatskolas Stadium, Katolu iela 40.

Moved  1  mile inland from large Olympic Stadium  , Sporta iela 7/9.

F K Ventspils  have gone back to Olympic Stadium ,Sporta iela  7/9. (09/04/2019).

Gone back home  a round earlier than expected with the club slagging off the league with so many games on school artificial pitches  ! They appear to be happy to be the first to go back to a proper stadium.

Their words translated from their website –

”The Game will be held at the Central Stadium, the beginning-17:00. The real football Begins-Congratulations! For the second year in a row, the FKV starts on the green field before all Latvian clubs, and more so-before all in the Baltics! Serious football is not for “Schools “, serious football for football stadiums! ”

As always check games / kick offs / venues before you go. DONT rely on social media , its nice to talk.

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Part 3.

LITHUANIA. 2019.

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Ground allocations are only confirmed until R 13 on the 31st of May.

Unlike the other 2 countries mentioned in this thread Lithuania has a regular season and then splits into a Championship league section and relegation play offs.

F  K Atlantas  @  Klaipeda Artificial , Sportininku gatve 46  for first 4 home games beginning with R1 on 2nd 03 until R 10 on 14th  04 and then from R 12 on 12th 05 they go  to the main Central Stadium.

The grounds are next door to each other.

F K Kauno Zalgiris all home games @ National Football Academy Stadium , Aukstaiciu  gatve 51, Kaunas.

F K Palanga @ Klaipeda Artificial , Sportinku gatve 46 for first 3 home games between R 3 on 17th 03 and R 7 on 20th 04 and then for  R 8 on 27th 04 they return to Palanga to finish the season at Palanga Stadium , Sporto gatve 3 , Palanga.

Klaipeda and Palanga grounds are approx 18 miles apart.

Panevezys F K @ Zemyna Progynasium Stadium, Ramygalos gatve 99 , Panevezys  to begin season for 3 home games starting with R 2 on 9th 03 until R 7 on 19th 04 then they go to Aukstaitija Stadium , A Jaksto gatve 1 , Panevezys for remaining home games beginning with R 8 on 27th 04.

Grounds are about a mile and a half apart.

F K Riteriai (AKA Trakai) @ Sportima Arena Hall, Azuolyno gatve 5 , Vilnius for their first home game in R 2 on 11th 03 then for their 2nd home game on 2nd 04 in R 4 until the end of season they are at the Lithuania Football Federation Stadium ( LFF) , Liepkalnio gatve 13/2, Vilnius.

F C Stumbras all home games @ National Football Academy Stadium, Aukstaiciu gatve 51 , Kaunas.

F K Suduva @ Arvi Football Indoor Arena, Kauno gatve 125, Marijampole  to begin season on 3rd 03 with R 1 game then 2 further home games with the last in  R 6 being on 14th 04. From 4th home game in R 9 on 5th 05 until the end of the season they are next door at Arvi Stadium ( AKA Suduva Stadium).

Zalgiris VMFD Vilnius @ Sportima Arena Hall , Azuolyno gatve 5 , Vilnius for their first 2 home games R 1 on 3rd 03 and R3 on 15th 03 then to finish their home games they are at the Lithuania Football Federation Stadium ( LFF) , Liepkalnio gatve 13/2, Vilnius.

So 6 games played indoors (TBC) , 1 for FK Riteriai , 3 for FK Suduva and 2 for Zalgiris VMFD.

Once again please check with local sources before visiting any games.

Hod in Oz & NZ.

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Will add substance later but games seen were.

Sunday Jan 13, 2019.

A League.

@ Newcastle Industrial Benefits Stadium

17-00.

nib Stadium - Perth

Perth Glory 4 v 3 Western Sydney Wanderers.

8945.

 

Tuesday Jan 15.
A League,

@ Suncorp Stadium.

18-50.

Suncorp Stadium / Brisbane Stadium - Brisbane

Brisbane Roar 0 v 5 Melbourne Victory.

7,131.

 

Wednesday Jan 16.

A League.

@ Central Coast Stadium, Gosford.

19-50.

Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium - Gosford

Central Coast Mariners 2 v 1 Melbourne City.

4,103.

 

Thursday Jan 17.

Weather was causing havoc with sport with temperatures up to 109 °F.

My mate decided he wanted to go to Queanbeyan to see Canberra Ladies v Melbourne Victory Ladies at 19-30. Not having been to Canberra I said I’d accompany him there and be plonked in a brew pub while he watches game.

The game was given the go ahead despite the temp, it had cooled down to mid 90’s , it was live on Fox so everybody wanted it on .

So after a 200 mile 4 hour trip from our Gosford base and a look around Canberra he plonked me in the Bentspoke tap in Braddon where I quenched my thirst and he moved on to the game  to quench his thirst for a tick . Oddly enough the game was on a small TV in the bar and  as the game kicked off the weather reared its ugly head with first torrential rain and then lightning bringing the game to a halt after 15 mins , an hour later the referee called a halt to the game.

So 15 mins of girls football and a tick for him , a few hours drinking for me and it was back to Gosford , I slept through what I was told was quite bad weather on the return journey !

 

Friday Jan 18.

A League.

@ ANZ Stadium.

19-50.

ANZ Stadium - Sydney

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 v 2 Adelaide United.

7,104.

 

Saturday Jan 19.

A League.

@ Jubilee Oval.

17-35.

WIN Jubilee Oval - Sydney

Sydney F C 1 v 0 Newcastle Jets.

12,681..

 

Sunday Jan 20.

A League.

@ AAMI Stadium.

17-00.

AAMI Park - Melbourne

Melbourne Victory 3 v 3 Wellington Phoenix.

18,136.

 

Tuesday Jan 22.

A League.

@ AAMI Stadium.

19-50.

AAMI Park - Melbourne

Melbourne City 4 v 3 Western Sydney Wanderers.

5,149.

 

Wednesday Jan 23.

A League.

@ Hunter Stadium.

19-50.

Hunter Stadium - Newcastle

Newcastle Jets 1 v 0 Central Coast Mariners.

9,466.

 

Saturday Jan 26.

A League.

@ Westpac Stadium.

19-35.

Westpac Stadium - Wellington

Wellington Phoenix 1 v 0 Melbourne City.

8,554.

 

Sunday Jan 27.

A League.

@ Coopers Stadium.

18-00.

Coopers Stadium - Adelaide

Adelaide United 2 v 1 Central Coast Mariners.

7,965.

 

Lots to add but not at this moment in time.

NON FICTION. CREWE ALEX BAN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still trying to get my head around this site, it’s difficult for a dinosaur with no social media experience. Also lacking in computer knowledge. Bear with me.

Title says it all , I’m learning but very slowly.  Been using computers 20 odd years and still one fingered , never held me back in my private life though.

I can only get better with age , some of us mature well ,  mellowing with age.

Don’t remember any of my lady friends mentioning to me that I had got better with age , I always had a good time.