Sunday 5 August 2012


Posted '4:05pm bells' Sunday 5th August 2012

(Ground number 289) Kyocera Stadion, The Hague, Holland

A borin' 0-0 draw in The Hague was the outcome of this non event friendly fixture.
However!--(and on the bright side!) we remain unbeaten in wor last five games on wor 'European Pre Season Tour'!

Wor flight from Toon Airport to Amsterdam waz uneventful (apart from Toon goalie Steve Harper bein'  onboard az well!) and on landin' we heeded straight for the train station to catch the train to The Hague (Den Haag)

The weathaa waz waam and sunny and we enjoyed several 'liquid refreshments' before heedin' for the groond which (or course!) waz miles oot the way next to a motorway on the outskirts of the city. ("Tax-eeeeee!!!")

Den Haag's fans notorious 'Millwaall of Holland' image waz NOT in evidence az we cautiously had the final pre match gargels in their supporters club next to the groond and the natives seemed friendly enough and the 'yellow n green' home tops mingled with the 'black n white' Toon tops!

Suprizingly few Toon fans made the trip to Holland and there were barely 300 diehards in the glass screened panelled away pen behind the goal!

The dark green seats of the Kyocera Stadion reminded me of Plymouth's groond and it waz aboot the same size az Home Park.

The game kicked off and unfortunatlee this iz where the bordom started az both teams couldn't produce the goods!

The anly highlight waz near the end when a a Mike Williamson heeder foond Shola Ameobi who stabbed the baall home anly for it to be ruled offside by the linesman on the far side from us!

Anotha one to forget---a'm afraid!

Toon team: Krul, Ryan Taylor (Perch 71), Colloccini, Steven Taylor (Williamson 64), Santon (Simpson 82), Tiote (Bigirimana 72), Obertan (Shola Ameobi 72), Vuckic (Gosling 64), Cisse, Ba (Amalfitano 82), Gutierrez

Attendance: 8,000? (wild guess!) (anly 300 or so Toon fans)

Aftaa the match it waz back to the city centre for a few more gargels before catchin' the train to a packed Amsterdam, where the drink flowed til the orly hours! 


It waz then onto Schiphol Airport again to catch wor flight yem at 8:10 this mornin', but not before grabbin' some much needed kip on the airport loungers "ZZZZZzzzzz!!!!!" 

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