Welcome to Bore Draw Specialist, a groundhopping blog that enables two of my biggest passions: football and travelling.
When it comes to watching football, I would describe myself as a “casual” groundhopper. I’m never going to rack up the kinds of numbers that serious groundhoppers pride themselves on.
But then, that’s not the point of this blog. Whether I’m in Bordeaux, Belgrade or, er, Barnsley, it is my humble goal to try and document the sights, smells, and sounds of the many thousands of terraces, tribunes, and watering holes that the European game has to offer.
So, come and join me on this footballing odyssey as I explore the landscape of European football – one stadium, city, and beer at a time.
All photography on the site is either my own, or is used with express permission by the owner.
Grounds Covered So Far:
Allianz-Stadion (Rapid Vienna)
Generali Arena (Austria Vienna II)
Wiener Sport-Club Platz (Wiener Sport-Club)
FAV-AC Platz (FC Mauerwerk)
AEK Arena (AEK Larnaca)
Akrotiri Community Stadium (APEA Akrotiri)
Germasogeia Stadium (Anorthosis Mouttagiaka)
Kouklia Community Stadium (Paphos FC)
Tasos Markou (EN Paralimni)
Tsirion (Apollon Limassol)
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Spurs)
Apostolos Nikolaidis (Panathinaikos)
Karaiskakis Stadium (Olympiacos)
Hidegkuti Nándor (MTK Budapest)
Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff City)
Cwmnantygroes (Abertillery Bluebirds)
Parc Taf Bargoed (Nelson Cavaliers)
Penydarren Park (Merthyr Town)
Rodney Parade (Newport County)
To see a full list of all the matches I’ve attended over the last 25 years – including videos and reports – go here.
As well as writing professionally in the software industry (my day job), I’ve also written for several football publications including These Football Times and Stand. Therefore, if you’d like to get in touch about potentially commissioning a piece (or indeed if you would like me to write about a specific location), then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via email@example.com.