This forthcoming weekend, 23rd August to 26th August will see the annual groundhopping event in South Wales. The event is now firmly established in the football calendar and will be the eighteenth consecutive Welsh Groundhop.
Incidentally, this makes it the world’s longest-running annual groundhopping event. It will be a great boost to the clubs chosen as fans from Derbyshire and beyond will be in attendance over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The Welsh Groundhop is organised by Groundhop UK and is ran successfully by Chris Berezai. Last year we saw mainly South Wales Alliance clubs feature with crowds often 200 plus. However, all roads lead to Gwent this season and it will be The Oak FC who will kick off the tour on Friday the 23rd, as they host Usk Town FC. Next up will then be Coed Eva, New Inn, Newport Corinthians, Cefn Fforest, Wattsville, Abertillery Excelsior, Pentwynmawr Athletic, and Newport Civil Service.
So keep your eyes tuned on Twitter for the clubs selected for confirmation of the kick-off times. Ynysddu Welfare had originally been due to feature on Sunday, but unfortunately, as we understand it the opposition Pilcs FC wanted to play the game on the Saturday thus sadly now the game will not feature as part of the groundhop. There may be scope for an alternative game to be fitted in on the Sunday so stay tuned to social media to see what develops over the course of the week.
There are some fantastic clubs in the Gwent County and we recently interviewed Mike Coleman at Pentwynmawr Athletic. You can catch the article here if you missed it when released > Pentwynmawr Athletic. As Mike mentions it is an ideal opportunity to make a day of it for supporters, and in conjunction arrange some memorabilia, drinks and food for the visiting fans. In recent years it has also been noticed that many local football fans also join in and head along to the games.
Sadly, of course, the Gwent FC recently reported that Vice President Len Blakemore passed away. Len had been unwell for quite some time and since early April had been in hospital and finally at Caerleon Nursing Home. Thoughts to Len’s family and friends, but one for sure Len would have approved and smiled knowing that clubs in Gwent would be featured and the groundhopping will help raise the profile of the clubs and indeed put Gwent football on the map.
So there we go. Get your sat nav at the ready and why not tick some new grounds off and join in the Derbyshire Groundhoppers.
Article produced by @therovingsheep Andrew Evans.