Abandoned Stadium, Paphos

I know! Your racist little minds are full of vitriol when we go as far afield as Wales, so I’m sure a trip to Cyprus is beyond comprehension.

  
I’ve a few Cypriot grounds to cover, maybe not all at once in case you combust, but this was one of the more interesting ones. Largely because I know so little about it.
I stumbled across it whilst out running through some countryside in Cyprus. It wasn’t signposted, and is hidden by trees and surrounding farmland, but it’s definitely a ground of some sort.  

There’s floodlights and two stands, it has more than some grounds we’ve featured here, that’s for sure. There seems to be a clubhouse behind the far end too, but access is limited to one side as far as I can tell.

 So does that mean it loses points? Absolutely not. You can see everything you need to see anyway, and it’s fascinating trying to guess whose this ground actually is, why it was abandoned, what the story is behind it. Google returns very few clues.  

The truth is probably far more mundane, but for the sheer joy of discovering an abandoned football ground in the Cypriot countryside, this scores absolute top marks from me.

   
    
        
      

    
 
Abandoned and given up hope. Sounds like the recent sales of my book.

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Field Mill (Mansfield Town)

Well this isn’t one for me based on just one thing. You’re right. “Andy, isn’t this known as the Onecall Stadium?” You’re right. But not on this blog it’s not.

  
It’s a shame as it’s a cracking stadium with loads to see. There’s an old school ramshackle stand that’s out of use and adorable.

  
And it’s plonked in the middle of a load of streets so gives it an old school feel of walking through streets, rather than pulling off into a retail park.

  
 
OH AND THERE’S STAIRS. We all know I’m a fan of steps up into the ground so what a shame. This could have been a very respectable candidate, and I’d still suggest a visit. But Onecall? Oh dear.

  

   
    
    
    
    
   

Look just buy my book.

Derwenthaugh Park (Swalwell Juniors)

This was an impulse visit, captured briefly whilst on a run along the Derwent River. Despite my nerdy pretensions, even I was unaware of its existence.

  

There’s not much to the place, but it’s undeniably a football ground. The pitch is fenced off, there’s dugouts, floodlights and a clubhouse. No stands, I’ll give you that. But it’s definitely a ground.

  
It’s set amongst some lovely scenery, and it’s probably a good suggestion to go for a walk along the river and just stick your head around while you’re there. But a lack of any stands makes it hard to get overly enthusiastic.

  
So ultimately, maybe not one that will score highly. And I hit lucky that the gates were open otherwise there’s probably not loads to see if they’re locked. But it’s another ground checked off the list, nonetheless. 

 

   
    
    
   

Buy my book or I’ll rip your throat out. Bit much? Sorry about that then.

Roots Hall (Southend United)

Oh Andy, could you not be bothered to walk all the way round this one? You seem to be a bit low on photographs.

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Listen up right – my phone is dying on its arse right now, and this was one example of it deciding enough was enough after just a handful of photos.

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So I’d like to bring you more, as it’s a cracking little ground, and lots to see, even if some of it is hidden, but you’ll just have to make do with this due to Samsung phones being an absolute piece of crap.

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Can you guess what isn’t a piece of crap? What? My book? Erm, yep, that’s the correct answer. Please buy it.