Brandywell & Derry City FC

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I’ve been dying to get along to Brandywell to catch a footy match for many years. Finally got my chance – end of season “must win” versus Shamrock Rovers FC of Dublin.  One of those quirky, antiquated grounds that were once ubiquitous in the UK leagues before Legoisation.  The ticket booth was a grilled hole in a long brick wall.  A huge curving main grandstand and quirky pockets of isolated terraces here and there. This place should be a listed monument as a fine example of evolved sporting stadia.

The standard of football was, I felt, 4th or 5th tier English leagues, ie Div 2 / Conference {National League}

The crowd were passionate and mixed (old and young, not Christian right/left) and this was probably the noisiest 3K crowd I’ve ever experienced.  The “Ultras” drum reverberated in the bowled space of the ground and was deafening as an artillery barrage.

Derry needed to win, and so they did with 10 minutes to spare.  An enjoyable evening of football. Keri enjoyed it too.

Oh and there’s a dog track around the perimter – meetings Mondays & Thursdays apparently.

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After the Lord Mayor’s Show

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The show has left town. We anticipated the Eisteddfod coming back to Meifod for years. Our excitement as the pink tent slowly grew out of a farmer’s field. Finally the week itself – a glorious celebration of everything that is Welsh. And then the show was over. 
This photo taken today shows what looks like some crazed Peruvian Nazca lines but is all that is left of the Mathrafal site. 
See you in 2025 perhaps!

Aerial view of the site of the former Eisteddfod site at Mathrafal, Meifod, Powys