Date of visit: Saturday 22nd September 2018
League: Štředočesky Kraj - 1.B Třída sk B (7th Tier)
Beer: 25kč (Staorpramen 10)
Attendance: approx 30
|FK Slavoj Stará Boleslav
Stara Boleslav are another club who like the 10:15am kick off (you're not as unique as you think FKVŽ) so it was a fairly early start. The plan was to get to Stara Boleslav for around 9:30, watch the match, have some lunch and then head to Poděbrady for a 16:30 game. We were doing quite well until the 16:30 game part.
|The station here isn't exactly central..
Arriving at the ground we walked past the unmanned ticket booth and headed straight for the bar. The 'Na Slavoji' kiosk serves a good selection of snacks and drinks alongside the usual klobasa and fresh, crisp, draught Staropramen. Ah well, you can't win them all.
|The 25kč Staropramen on tap at Na Slavoji isn't as bad as it sounds if you can get through the crowd..
The match was, in a word, outstanding. It was my 14th game of the season and probably the best so far. Both teams were up for the game, it was end to end and both teams hit the bar and post before a late challenge enabled the home side to score from the spot and go in at half time 2-1 up.
|Top quality stuff in the 7th tier of Czech football.
It was time for a bit of culture before lunch so we set off sightseeing. This particular venture involved turning right instead of left for about 200m and taking a picture of a church. Job done.
|Kostel Nanebevzetí Panny Marie
|The town square in Stará Boleslav
We went back to the station and took the 30 minute train to our next stop, the historical spa town of Poděbrady. I'd never been there before and while I knew about it's popularity (and beauty) I wasn't quite ready for the huge amount of tourists waiting for us on arrival.
|Zdroj 11 at restaurace v pivovaře
We arrived three minutes before kick off to what can only be described as an abandoned building site of a ground. It was nice of them to mention this on their website! I frantically searched for info online without success before finding a facebook post warning that their previous home game was being played on their all weather pitch across town.
|FK Bohemia Poděbrady
Google once again sent us on a 23 minute walk (steps were up to 12,000 by this point and my back was in bits) but when we arrived there was no football to be found. In conclusion....they were either playing at Slovan or a nearby village. Either way we gave up, found a pub and spent the next 3 hours listening to a violin, box, accordion trio and drinking some lovely Pilsner Urquell.
|Náš Hostinec - Poděbrady
Next up for me is my first trip to Goodison Park since John Stead scored there in Paul Ince's first game as Rovers manager. See you on the 29th September Everton!