Waiting for the last two fixtures to be announced before sending out the November newsletter.
For the penultimate game – Duisburg home – Marianna and I have booked flights already, covering all German SKY options. We’re heading out on the Thursday (7th Dec) and returning Tuesday (12th Dec) evening via Gatwick. The Sunday evening flights are very expensive, so this was the cheapest option – luckily we can take laptops and work remotely from Hamburg.
For the last game – Bochum away – it would be really great to get as many of the Brighton St Pauli fans together for a festive drink. We’re waiting for the fixture to be fixed with the following options:
Friday (15th Dec) or Monday (18th Dec) game – meet at the Duke of Wellington for hopefully a live screening on BTSport
Saturday (16th Dec) or Sunday (17th Dec) game – meet at Brighton train station for a visit to the Zeitgeist Pub in Vauxhall, London. We can catch up with the St Pauli London crew, watch the game on live German SKY and down a few Alt Beers.
Regarding the possibility of showing the games with a one-hour delay, please complete the poll below. We have a subscription for FCSP TV and can watch games via the web stream .
Looking forward to taking a couple of days off work and head to Hamburg for the Sandhausen match.
However, fingers were crossed for an easy weekend trip to the Millerntor before the year was over…
With four matches remaining and matches being held on either Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday even the most pessimistic of Brighton St Pauli were stating the “Law of Averages” and pointing that, by all probability, that there should be at least one Saturday game
Here’s the latest batch…
Round 16 Fri. 29.Nov 18.30 CET : FC St. Pauli v 1. FC Köln
Round 17 Fri 6 Dec 18.30 CET : FC Erzgebirge Aue v FC St. Pauli
Round 18 Mon 16 Dec 20.15 CET : TSV 1860 München v FC St. Pauli
Round 19 Fri 20 Dec 18.30 CET : FC St. Pauli v Karlsruher SC
Let’s hope that 2014 will bring a long-awaited weekend game!!!
The latest batch of 2-Bundesliga dates have been released, with not a single weekend match held at the Millerntor!!
Looks like we’ll be needed time off work to get to the matches we wanted, and will have to miss the Düsseldorf game.
23. Sep 2013 – Mo 20.15 FC St. Pauli Fortuna Düsseldorf
29. Sep 2013 – So 13.30 FC Ingolstadt 04 FC St. Pauli
04. Okt 2013 – Fr 18.30 FC St. Pauli SC Paderborn 07
20. Okt 2013 – So 13.30 SpVgg Greuther Fürth FC St. Pauli
25. Okt 2013 – Fr 18.30 FC St. Pauli SV Sandhausen
02. Nov 2013 – Sa 13.00 1. FC Kaiserslautern FC St. Pauli
11. Nov 2013 – Mo 20.15 FC St. Pauli FC Energie Cottbus
24. Nov 2013 – So 13.30 VfR Aalen FC St. Pauli
(Times shown as CET)
Anyone up for some Away Days must be able to find some football played somewhere on a Saturday afternoon….
…don’t forget it’s Non-League Day this coming Saturday!!
I’m off to Cheltenham v Portsmouth for some Division 4 fun.
Looking ahead, September seems to be relatively quiet month but has a few potential ‘Away Days’ and maybe (fingers x’d) a last-minute trip to Hamburg for the Frankfurt or Düsseldorf matches, if the fixture dates are kind.
Weekend (Fri Aug30 to Sun Sept1)
Sat: Round 6 FC Union Berlin away, starts 12pm. Think we’ll be at the Zeitgeist
Sun: Patrik Fitzgerald, Cosmo, and Pog @ The Lord Nelson, Brighton – runs 1pm onwards. Recommended gig.
Weekend (Fri Sept6 to Sun Sept8)
Birthday weekend away in Gloucester, meet up with a few London St Pauli.
Sat: Cheltenham Town v Portsmouth away day trip.
Weekend (Fri Sept13 to Sun Sept15)
Sat: Round 7 FSV Frankfurt home, starts 12pm. Does anyone fancy a trip north to Leeds and meet up with the infamous Yorkshire St Pauli crew. It’s that or make a last-minute booking for Hamburg!!
Weekend (Fri Sept20 to Mon Sept23)
Round 8 Fortuna Düsseldorf date to be confirmed…
Potential for a booking for Hamburg… keep these dates free. Fingers x’d!!
Weekend (Fri Sept27 to Mon Sept30)
Round 9 FC Ingolstadt 04 date to be confirmed…
Sat: AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers. Potential away day trip. Anyone else up for it?
This year’s summer holiday led to a FCSP-themed break after a wedding invite on the German/Danish border – plans were made to visit Copenhagen and then Pokal game in Münster.
Originally, we set off from Brighton expecting to camp near Münster. A combination of sat-nav confusion (I may have entered the wrong Munster!) and torrential rain when we arrived somewhere near the site (we never did find it) saw us change our minds and head directly for Hamburg. For anyone considering doing this it is definitely possible to go direct to Hamburg in a day; we left Brighton at 6.00am (BST), crossed the Eurotunnel around 8.20am (BST) and arrived Hamburg 7.00pm (CET). In all it was 10hour’s driving with clear run through Antwerp’s ring roads (a potential bottle-neck) and a relaxing stop for lunch in Oberhausen.
This gave us an extra evening in the Jolly Roger, catching up with friends before heading for the wedding and onto Copenhagen.
All I can say is AVOID!! During the summer holidays the north-bound roads are crammed with Danish caravans heading home on a Saturday. We had inadvertently planned to travel on one of the busiest Saturdays, add to that road-works and inevitable accidents reduced the two main routes (A7 and N77) to virtual carparks. What should have been a 90minute drive took over 4hrs (with the aid of traffic news on the sat-nav) and 7hrs for friends who’d set off before us. Thankfully, everyone made it on time (just) and an excellent evening/night was had by all.
Wow!! We’d planned to spend an evening at the St Pauli Minibar. Hotels were booked within walking distance and turned out to be a weekend that we’d highly recommend. The Minibar (aka Bodega 54) is owned and established by ex-St Pauli resident Andreas, who moved to Copenhagen four years ago. Copenhagen contains the highest population of St. Pauli fans outside of Sankt Pauli, apparently. We only wish there’d had been a game to watch whilst in Copenhagen, but we was great to hear the story of how the bar became established and of recent history.
Andreas is a perfect host and the bar is fantastic, located on the edge of the trendy Meat Packing District. Call in, sign the guest book and enjoy a bottle of Astra.
We plan to return when we have more details of their Annual International Bar-Curling Competition!!!
We headed back to Hamburg via the ferry, which cuts out a huge distance and takes only 45mins. Before setting off a day before the match and hoped to catch-up with other FCSP fans on the Saturday night in Münster. Again, we planned to camp but roadworks and traffic brought the Autobahn to a stand-still. By the time we arrived the priority was to find a hotel and some food. The FC Sankt Pauli coach was hit by similar problems, which Fabian Boll posted on Facebook that he sees these set-backs as being a perfect opportunity for ‘team building‘.
That evening we went to the Pinkus Müller Brewery, getting a little lost on the way but finding the St Pauli Bus!!! After some lovely food in a pirate-themed bar playing sea shanty music we eventually found a square full of people a number of St Pauli fans. It was great to meet a few of the St Pauli fans, but the night may have gone downhill after we left them as we discovered at least two more Astra bars on the way back to the hotel!!
Pokal Match Day
It’s a 40minute walk from the town centre which maybe explains why we’ve never seen so many people cycling to a match before – we even saw a tandem!!! Arriving at the ground early we managed to catch up with friends made the previous night before kick-off.
The away end filled, the home stands filled, in between (to our right) an area was left empty. It was probably just as well the area was empty as it looked old and fit to collapse, not in keeping with the rest of the ground which looked recently developed. Just over 15,000 fans (3,000 from St Pauli) watched the game.
The game started, the game finished.. In between St Pauli failed to convert any of their possession into goal-bound chances, preferring to attempt to pass the ball into the net and losing possession in the final third. When Münster had the ball they looked effective enough but, with the aid of some atrocious St Pauli defending, the decisive goal was scored – St Pauli were out in the first round losing 1-0.
1) Copenhagen St Pauli Minibar Minibar is fantastic! Copenhagen itself is extremely expensive. Will return for the Indoor Curling Competition.
2) FC St Pauli need more time to gel together, and we need to shoot (preferably AT GOAL) far more.
3) The Autobahn struggles during the summer-months, give lots of extra time if planning to travel on a Saturday!!
Brighton St Pauli went on their first trip away – staying in the New Forest for the AFC Bournemouth v West Ham Stephen Purches Testimonial at Dean Court (aka Goldsands Stadium).
All packed and raring to go I met up with Mark, Flo, George-the-dog (Black Labrador) and Becky at a campsite near Holmsley, along with guests Robin (aka Batman), Michelle and their kids.
The short journey from Brighton was good, despite the inevitable GridLock in the New Forest (see below)!!
Tents were quickly pitched, BBQ’s lit and soon we were enjoying some delicious burgers and washing them down with some equalliy-fantastic beers… It was hot, almost unbearable and the sun setting came as a welcome rest-bite. Badger, Ringwood, Butcombe and Dorset Brewing Company ale continued to flow, along later with red wine, cider and – just to finish-off! – just a little port.
Sleep came quickly and we awoke to a beautiful fresh Saturday morning. That lasted all of two hours, until the sun threatened to bake us alive from around 10.30am… There was no escaping from the searing heat, so we set off to the seaside on our way to Dean Court.
Arriving at Dean Court and hour before kick-off we headed to the ‘1910 Bar’, named after the year that ‘The Cherries’ moved to the current site donated to the club by the Cooper-Dean family. The stadium is named after the family but has seen naming-rights sold and the ground previously called the Fitness First Stadium, the Seward Stadium and currently the Goldsands Stadium (if only all clubs could follow FC St. Pauli’s example!!)
I remember when, in the old Dean Court, the AFC Bournemouth members’ bar would be a regular feature in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Alas, those days are long gone but now-a-days we can enjoy some reasonable food whilst watching the Ashes with a beer before taking our seats.
Purches was a trainee at West Ham and joined AFC Bournemouth in 2000, staying for 7 years and missing only three league games in that period. He moved to Leyton Orient, where he stayed until he was released in 2010 and re-signed with AFCB in June 2010. Recently Purches was appointed a player-coach role at AFCB, but he’s currently best remembered for him scoring in the 2003 Division 3 Play-off Final, which AFCB won 5-2 against Lincoln City.
West Ham won comfortably 2-0 with both goals from Nolan and Collision both scored in the first half. Considering the heat, the game was played a good pace; AFC Bournemouth passing the ball but enable to make the most of their changes, whilst West Ham showed a clinical eye in front of goal and hitting the woodward twice in the process. **Full Report – courtesy of Up The Cherries **
In all, an enjoyable weekend with many comments made on the Sankt Pauli shirts, plus a couple of Bournemouth fans expressing an interest to one day visit the Millerntor. Hopefully by the time of our next Football Away Day we’ll have more members and a lot less heat!!!