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Theres no place like home!

Be It Ever So 'Umble
by Hardy on 08/02/2005

The Daggers had a visitor on Saturday, Steve Johnson from Grounds Tour.

There's No Place Like Home
Steve Johnson has set himself a task to tour all the football grounds in the UK and describe the grounds and atmosphere at his website Grounds Tour.

On Saturday he came to the Glyn Hopkin Stadium for the turgid 0-0 with Farnborough Town and failed to be impressed rating the place at 45% overall. The review of the visit starts with him not looking forward to the trip, which isn't actually the best frame of mind to view things positively.

It is interesting to see that the only Conference grounds rated lower are Accrington's Interlink Express Stadium and strangely Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium, which, although populated by a significant minority of idiots, is actually a very decent venue. Other Conference grounds grounds that don't rate well are Morecambe's Christie Park, which I really like, and Tamworth's Lamb Ground which I can't comment on having not visited.

If Steve weights his rating on atmosphere then maybe picking a more interesting fixture than Farnborough would have been an idea? How about waiting a couple of weeks until Carlisle come to town or being there for the Canvey game, when the atmosphere was crackling.

When you consider that he rates Hilton Park, home of Leigh RMI, as 77% when it is devoid of atmosphere as a rule I have to believe his system of marking is flawed. He has visited Hilton Park twice, to see the Railwaymen take on Doncaster Rovers and Carlisle United both teams with large and noisy away followings. Hmmmm!!

He rates Aldershot's Recreation Ground as a near perfect 99% when that is a place I will not visit again for personal safety reasons having been on the periphery of the troubles when we went there for the FA Cup game in 2002. Now that is definitely a flawed rating!

Steve makes some decent points on the drummer, and the Fans Threesome and was impressed by the Daggers Angels. He didn't like the toilets though, and obviously didn't find the usually deserted Football League Grading inspired block in the north east corner of the ground!

Victoria Road isn't perfect but it is home, and I'm a little pissed off that Steve feels so negatively about it and hope that he can make a return one day soon and see it at its best.

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