Stadiums

Prospect Oval Pilgrimage

My Aunty Hannah is an artist: a former-painter, but now a ceramicist. I remember ‘artist’ was how she was introduced to my brother and myself as boys: she had been living in the Netherlands for some years and my first proper memories of her are only as a boy, about 4-5. ‘Artist’ was used as a…

Moorabbin and Disposable Heritage

I drove south today. I don’t have any memories of this ground. This was the first time I have been there. The Saints are moving back to Moorabbin after failing to establish themselves at Seaford and not coming to an agreement with Cricket Victoria to share the Junction Oval. This is their other historical home:…

Playing the Stadium

Zack Hample and the Fine Art of Ballhawking “I’ve snagged exactly 90 balls at this stadium over the years. So, I’m hoping to get at least 10 today and reach triple digits. At some point in my life I’d love to get 100 balls at every stadium and if I do it today, this will…

Le Bois d’Oingt

Pastoral Football I took these photos while on holiday in 2015. We were in Lyon and then went to the countryside for a few days. We passed through this village a few times and on one occasion I took these photos. It was hot and there was no breeze. The absence of grass makes the…

Hello Again, Princes Park

Growing up in Melbourne during the 1980s, Princes Park was one of the regular grounds I attended with my father and brother. I was an Essendon fan (I have long-since renounced them) and my brother was a Carlton fan: he has renounced them too, along with Australian rules. And so, my father would alternate taking…

After Lebak Bulus

When we talk about football infrastructure in Jakarta, it is easier to talk about the stadiums that have been destroyed than those that have been built. Stadion Ikada was demolished to build Lapangan Monas (Sukarno); Stadion Menteng was demolished to build a park (Governor Sutiyoso); Stadion Lebak Bulus was demolished to make space for a…

Pengakuan Seorang Groundhopper

Saya pernah memimpikan menjadi seorang Fillipo Inzaghi, mencetak gol, lalu merayakannya dengan begitu emosional sambil berlari dan berteriak ke pojok lapangan , dan ribuan orang yang memenuhi setiap sudut stadion pun ikut berteriak karena saya. Sayangnya waktu begitu cepat berlalu, usia saya kini 24 tahun dan bukannya saya sudah tergabung di klub Ac Milan atau…

Footy Places

How a Stadium Looks So many of the suburban stadia of South Australia and Victoria have since passed into occasional use or have become training facilities for big clubs which play their home games elsewhere. Their amenities are diminished; the paint is peeling and they are marked by a relative emptiness and silence. Gone are…

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