Latham Park (Newtown AFC)

Welsh side Newtown bowed out of the Europa League last night which is a mighty shame based on their wonderful ground. True, FC Kobenvahn fans had been hoping that they’d been elsewhere last night, but that seems somewhat foolish.
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Besides being based at the foot of some lovely green hills, it’s not just the surrounding scenery that catches the eye here. First up, some nifty brickwork? Oh aye, that’ll do for starters.
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Then there’s an uncovered stand. It seems wildly optimistic for a British side to have such a large open seating area, but I visited on a sunny day and could think of nothing better than taking in a game from this vantage point.
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Actually, that’s a lie. One particularly high but narrow effort stands out as bonkers but the sort of wonderful place you’d choose to sit. Or take a ladder to the upper level and stand. It’s easily one of the best stands I’ve seen since starting this blog.
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The opposite side of the pitch hosts a few different efforts, all bunched up together, all different, all of them brilliant. It’s basically like football ground porn.
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In fact, it says something that I rate this place so highly despite having an artificial surface. It’s pretty much the only sour note this ground has, and even then that’s made up by the ludicrous amount of goals stored for games on the plastic pitch.
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Absolutely worth visiting, especially as all of this is visible without needing to go into the ground itself. Our first foray into Wales is a great one!
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Woodhorn Lane Update
Some slightly disappointing news this week, friends. The stand is looking terrific but I’ve noticed some banners on the side over the last week or so. Closer inspection this week reveals boards promoting Dulux. I’m assuming this is a sponsor, which is logical, but has sullied a so far beautiful stand!
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Finally – my book appears to be reduced to a bargain £2.69 at the moment. If it means I get less money then I’ll be livid, but you might as well take advantage by clicking here.

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