Not exactly the Stade des Alpes
I could, like everyone else in the “blogosphere”, do a post about my new year’s resolutions. But instead I’m going to talk about Aberystwyth Town FC, who I went to see this afternoon almost by accident (saw some people with scarves on, followed them to the ground, bought a ticket).
The match was Aber Town vs. Haverfordwest County, kick off 2.30. Whilst Aber are in the Welsh Premiership, it did feel a little like non-league football to me. The ground reminded me most of Throstle Nest (home of Farsley Celtic), with portakabins, old fashioned stands, and grassy knolls. I’ve never been to a match where home and away supporters are completely unsegregated before – even when we went to Farsley v. Cambridge the yellow & blacks were kept apart from us Farsley ruffians. But at Aber everyone was free to stroll about the ground.
One of the things I like about football in small grounds like this is that you can hear the players, and they can hear the crowd. It can make the game a little more interesting – I didn’t shout at anyone, of course, but one of the linesmen was getting quite wound up by the comments from the stands. There wasn’t any chanting, which is a shame. I love a good footy chant.
The dugouts were rather rudimentary (see picture below). There was a second one of these, labelled “AWAY”. As you’d expect.
Despite the 2-nil defeat, the cold, and the lack of chanting, I enjoyed the match a lot. My current plan even involves trying to catch the Aberystwyth Town Ladies match at the end of January.