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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Grounds, Stadia ... and Hopping

Australian Stadiums
Excellent and very informative site from Cam Voss packed with photographs and statistics of stadia in Australia and New Zealand, covering a variety of sports.

The Away End
Subtitled ‘Motorways, Pies and Wasted Chances’. Quite a nice site for supporters travelling to away games, with both home and visiting supporters’ comments, including reviews of food and pubs! Premiership and Football League mainly, but also some Non League and Scottish clubs are included. No photographs but a valuable resource nevertheless.

Bulgarian Stadiums
A slideshow format and two pages of photographs of Bulgarian stadia by Lalu Meteff.

Diary Of Some Groundhopping
Large site covering stadia throughout Europe. There is a facility for English language navigation, but the text is generally in German. There are however, numerous photographs of the various grounds covered.

European Soccertour
Produced by a PSV Eindhoven fan, Holland not surprisingly gets good coverage here. Other European countries are represented, including the UK with Dagenham & Redbridge and Woking the sole Non League representatives so far. Most of the text is in Dutch but it is easy to find your way around.

Eurostadiums
Under reconstruction at the time of writing but this site, which features er, European stadia, has been worth a visit in the past.

Fanzone
‘The away fans’ information site’. This link goes to the Non League section of the site, which I have found very useful when planning visits.

Fields Of Dreams
Comprehensive guide to Major and Minor League Ballparks (that’s Baseball to you and I) in the United States by Mike Castro. Easy to navigate with lots of information and good photographs. Essential if you happen to be an obsessive stadia nut.

Football.co.uk
Nicely designed site with good coverage of all the professional clubs in the UK.

Football Ground Guide
Simply superb and arguably the best guide to all 92 professional clubs in the Premiership and Football League. Brilliantly maintained by Duncan Adams, author of the ‘The Essential Football Fan’ which is basically the book of the site. Packed with information and excellent photographs of all the grounds featured. Also includes the Conference National Division and incorporates the ‘Scottish Football Ground Guide’. If that wasn’t enough, there is a section on old grounds.

Football Grounds Frenzy
A great influence, and publisher of my ‘Non League Football Grounds of Sussex’ book, Mike Floate’s ‘Grounds Frenzy’ may not be updated as regularly or be as aesthetically pleasing as some, but it remains an essential port of call for any Grounds Enthusiast and contains some great photographs. Mike has edited a number of guides now, and these plus his annual ‘Groundscapes’ calendar are available for order via the site. You are advised to turn your sound off if you don’t share Mike’s love of Swansea City!

Football Grounds In Focus
Super hoppers’ site run by Martin Wray, aided by some equally enthusiastic contributors. Bursting with information, reports and excellent pics from all over the place. These guys are simply amazing - I don’t how they find the time to visit all these grounds ... and write about them as well. And I thought I was mad! Many excellent photographs. Well worth bookmarking and very highly recommended.

Football Groundz
Nice site from Chris Bushe. Good coverage of England’s 92 professional clubs but also a large number of Non League grounds as well, accompanied by brief notes from Chris. Not totally up-to-date on the Non League front but this is a minor quibble given that there are not too many Non League ground photographs out there generally.

Football Stadia Of East Anglia
Actually part of an unofficial Norwich City site. I stumbled upon this when planning a visit for Pyramid Passion. Not extensive by any means but informative, with some decent photographs.

Football Stadiums In Europe
More of a brief survey (almost an essay) of the variety of stadia in Europe by Tobias Dietrich than a comprehensive listing. In English, and with illustrations/links accompanying the text.

Football Temples Of The World
Another German site, but this time multilingual. Absolutely massive amount of data on over 2,500 stadia, including around 4,000 photographs (albeit of variable quality). Just click on any of the FIFA Confederation logos on the World Map to be transported anywhere in the World.

The Football Traveller
The Football Traveller magazine, sponsored by Cherry Red Records, is published weekly throughout the season and includes up-to-date fixtures from around a hundred different leagues in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland ... plus all the latest news from around the clubs, programme reviews, club focuses and maps, cup draws and much, much more... All for around £1-00 per week (including first class postage). Essential for any serious ‘hopper’.

Fosse Football
Well designed site from exiled Eastbourne Borough fan Nigel Hammond, new residing in Leicestershire. Nigel says that my ‘Nomad-Online’ site was the inspiration for this creation, which chronicles the various Non League grounds of his new home county. Some excellent photographs and will appeal to anyone who likes the Pyramid Passion site.

Goalmouth Scramble
Really good site dedicated to all sport in Essex. There are some good action pics of football in the county but this link takes you the extensive grounds section which includes structures that have since disappeared, as well as defunct clubs such as Collier Row.

Global Stadia
A Spanish site this time (I think), but another offering a pretty comprehensive survey of stadia around the World. Nicely laid out with useful maps and lots of pictures.

Groundblogger
Essex-based John Stoneman’s ground-hopping blog

GroundGuide.com
Another useful guide to the grounds of professional clubs in England and Scotland, with one or two interesting extras. This link takes you to an article by ‘The Dogcatcher’ - a Brentford fan obsessed with football grounds. Sounds perfectly healthy to me!

Grounds Tour - Football Grounds From A Fan’s Perspective
Interesting site from Preston NE fan Steve Johnson. ‘Grounds Tour’ is primarily descriptive and based around Steve’s experiences as a spectator. Well over 100 grounds are featured, and the inclusion of a ticket stub image or a programme is a nice touch. A number of Scottish, Conference and what Steve describes as ‘Lower League’ clubs are also included. There is a small photo section and of particular interest to Non League fans, a special ‘Farewell to the Drill Field’ section.

Groundtastic
Website for Vince Taylor and Paul Clayton’s brilliant magazine. Packed with information and photographs, and quite simply essential reading for anyone interested in football grounds - you can subscribe here.

Korving-Brothers Groundhoppers Site
Excellent Dutch-based site featuring numerous grounds across Europe, including England. As you might imagine Holland is well documented and each entry includes images of ticket stubs, club crests, good quality photographs and even video footage. Unfortunately - unless you happen to be Dutch that is - the text is not in English, but there is plenty to keep you occupied here.

Non-League Digest
NLD is a relatively new (August 2006) hoppers’ magazine with (as the title suggests) a Non League bent, founded by Surrey-based Steve King. The magazine is available by subscription via this website. Give it a try.

Norwegian Football Grounds
OK so it’s mostly in Norwegian but key information is also in English, as are the links to help you navigate. Excellent coverage and photographs

Nottinghamshire Football
Comprehensive and very informative site, including a full directory of Notts Non League clubs from Chris Rooney. The county is sadly under-represented on PP at present so if you can’t find what you are looking for amongst these pages, you almost certainly will on Chris’s site.

Scottish Junior Grounds
A great collection of pics by Paul Crankshaw, including some stunning panoramic shots. Some of the files are large and take a while to open, even at broadband speeds. However, it’s worth the wait, and if these don’t encourage you to head North, nothing will!

Scottish Non League Online
Comprehensive guide to all Scottish Non League clubs. Essential for anyone planning a trip North of the border.

StadiaGr
Fairly comprehensive survey of Greek stadia and basketball arenas by George Xenides. Also includes original photographs of other stadia across Europe. In both Greek and English.

StadiaNation
‘The Home of Unique Sliced Stadia Panoramic Art’ - to find what that’s all about click on the word ‘Welcome’ on the home page and be amazed. Not the best site navigation wise (click on ‘next’ to view each stadium in turn - an index would be nice) but the images themselves make up for this. Coverage from both sides of the Atlantic.

The Stadium Guide
A pretty unequivocal title for a site that claims to be ‘the largest and most complete guide on the Internet dedicated to the football stadia of Europe’. With more than 700 stadia, in excess of 2,500 pictures, and over 5,000 links it does at least go some way to substantiating that claim! Well designed and of particular interest is a section devoted to old grounds.

Stadiums Of The NFL
An excellent guide to American Football Stadia. All the essential information and some good photographs, including past and future stadia.

Web Aviation Football Stadia
Part of a larger site devoted to aerial photography. A number of English grounds are included. Similar to what you will find in the excellent Aerofilms books.

World Stadiums
Another site that makes grandiose claims, but that also backs them up. I didn’t bother to count but apparently there are more than 8,500 stadiums listed, across 213 countries. You could easily spend hours on here, circumnavigating the globe in search of stadia from FIFA’s footballing backwaters. Awesome!