Great result on Sunday and thanks to Blansko Televize you can see the highlights by clicking on the link below.
Great result on Sunday and thanks to Blansko Televize you can see the highlights by clicking on the link below.
Back in the summer, we were asked by a football quarterly in Czech Republic to write about our blog and about why we support an amateur club and not one of the big teams. We handed the task over to Ralph and this is what he has to say.
Oh and the Czech version you can find here – Football Club Cz
Someone once said to me that when you start supporting a football club, you doso not because of the trophies, or a player, or history .You support them because you have found yourself somewhere – you have found a place where you belong. For me, Swansea City will always be that club.
However, when I moved to Brno back in the late 90s, standing on the North Bank was not something I could do every second Saturday, so I had to look for a replacement. At the time, the local team Boby Brno were riding high in the top league, so naturally I found myself at the Luzanky stadium watching the likes of Richard Dostalek, Marek Zubek and Zdenek Valnoha strut their stuff .
Boby Brno became that stand-in. Yet it didn’t feel right- a bit like falling in love with someone who wasn’t your girlfriend. But I went along with it, because she (Swansea in this case, not my girlfriend) was so far away. And that’s how it stayed. We went away together,partied in the Intertoto Cup and the Gambrinua Liga,and I must admit we had fun. It was a fully-blown love affair.
That was until a Friday night under the lights about five years ago. The opponents were Slavia Prague and I looked up at the scoreboard after 76 minutes. The score was 0-0. Now nil-nils can be entertaining games, but not this one. A friend of mine turned to me and said, “You know,nothing has happened in the 76 minutes we’ve been here”. And he was right, not one shot, not one piece of skill to thrill the crowd. Nothing. Nic.
I left and I haven’t been back since. In truth, I had probably been kidding myself for a while – going along to Srbska, just in the hope the fling would spark up again.
By this time, I must admitI had already discovered groundhopping,and one Saturday afternoon decided to hop on a train and see what Blansko had to offer. Blansko is most notable for being close to the Moravian Karst, a protected nature reserve a few kilometres from the town. In the past it was an industrial town of great significance. Today, it’s a shadow of its former self.
It’s also home to FK Blansko, the team I now support.
Now, declaring your loyalty to a smaller club is like a high-stakescard game. It’s like being faced with a deal or bust decision: I could stick to my guns and hope for the best,or keep supporting a big team, for which I had no feelings. Non-league devotees like myself often lead a duplicitous life, in which the team they claim to support, andwho they actually support,can be two vastly different things. I remember a friend of mine at school mulling over replying “Manchester United” if anyone asked whom he supported. “I would feel a bit silly saying Macclesfield Town”. Whenever somebody asks who I support, I get an inevitable look of confusion when I say “FK Blansko”,followed by, “Oh, and have I mentioned I have a blog?”
So, returning to the story. Disillusioned with life as a supporter of Zbrojovka Brno, I decided to reject overpriced tickets, officious stewarding, overzealous policing, political views I disagreed with- and just poor football– and discovered the otherworld.
In this otherworld, I pay 40kc to get in, avoid a queue to get a beer and stand or sit where I like– rather than being confined to a numbered seat. At Udolni,or any other groundwe visit, it’s a place where segregation is unnecessary and where fans like me can just enjoy 90 minutes of football – or 89 with some referees – in perfect peace.
Such is our love for our football teamthat we started a blog named the Blansko Klobasa. We travel all over Moravia (and even further field) visiting towns you don’t often read about in travel guides, all in search of footballing excellence, the perfect beer and the ultimate Czech football snack – the klobasa. And Udolni is place we like to call home.
Over the seasons, we have become familiar faces at Udolni. Fellow supporters welcome us, and we often chat to the players in both Czech and English after a game. We’ve bought scarves, as well asdesigning our ownflag. The players have bought us and friends of the blog shirts. We are on drum duty when Pav, the drum, is working the tannoy. We sing in bothour own languageand inCzech. We drink and be merry and we eat klobasaat nearly every ground we have been to.
And then we write about it.
When I was asked to write this piece, I wasn’t sure if it would be of any interest to anyone outside of the gates of Udolni. I meangirlfriends, friendsandwork colleagues who support Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United often snigger when we tell them that we spent Sunday watching Blansko away at Zdar. “Why?” is often the follow-up question. To a degree, I understand the bemusement, but to us it’s a proper love affair and hopefully we can tell you we yearn for more Blansko home and away days.
You may have noticed that I am using “we” instead of “I”,as The Blansko Klobasais very much a joint effort. Although I can go off to Havirov for a 10.15 kick-off on a Sunday morningon my own, the fun comes when we are a small band of intrepid Klobasa.
As these words should be about lower league Czech football and what we enjoy, maybe I should just get on with that and stop babbling on about us. Belonging. But I digress. Here are some of the things that make supporting Blansko so special.
The fixture list becomes like a map, so the moment it is released we start planning and plotting away days. Following Blansko or just groundhopping in Czech Republic has taken us down a coal mine in Petkoviceandaround the chateau gardens ofKromeriz. We’ve taken an early morning bus to Lednice, in order to walk on a nature trail to Breclav,and enjoyed a Gulas festival in Mikulov- as well as many more strange and wonderful places.
I suppose what we are trying to convey is how beautiful this country is,and,thanks to Cesky Drahy, we have seen more than we could ever have imagined. As much as we enjoy watching the games, football gives an excuse to explore.
The Occasional Brilliant But Slightly Overweight Footballer
You would be forgiven for thinking that great footballers play in top leagues and ,of course,it would be silly of me to say that the greatest Czech footballer I have ever seen is not Tomas Rosicky. However, while watching games all over the country, I occasionally watch a footballer that may have eaten a lot of klobasa, but stands out because, boy,can he play.
I am sure we have all observed a player like this; slightly rotund and,on occasions,barracked by the away fans (there aren’t many away fans in lower league Czech football), but only until he controls a high looping ball by stunning it dead. In addition to this,there are the passes, he can spray a ball left and right, hit a 50yrd pass right into the path of any of his forwards.He is simply worth the 40kc to get in on his own.
So, when people ask mewho is the best Czech footballer I have ever seen. “Have you ever heard of David Cupak or Lukas Matyska or even Honza Trtilek?” is usually my questionin turn. And naturally they respond with a shake of the head.
Take Lukas Matyska as one of the example, I am sure some fans would call him a bit lazy, he spends his time hogging the touchline, he definitely spent a bit of time recharging his energy by eating some of Bystrc’s finest klobasa, but give him the ball and he can play. He’s the Maradona of the lower leagues. He can shoot dribble, cross and he can definitely eat.
Football is for the likes of everyone and so it should be. A local football club can connect people from all walks of life, and at Blansko at away grounds, we have met many good people and many eccentrics. I was once told that the supporters who travel on the bus with the players are often only interested in the opportunity to do something different rather than watch a game of football.
However, these are the fans that are there atevery match.
Then there are the local eccentrics, whowill be recognised by nearly everyone at the game. Some might even know his name. We’ve got one at Blansko, who we have nicknamed “Angry man”. He comesin after half time (it’s free to get in), always carries the same plastic bag, always sits in the same place and then proceeds to berate the referee for the whole of the second half. He is either a former professional referee or is just infatuated with the man in the middle.
Every club has one. At Trebic we met a Hungarian lorry driver named Zoltan, who told us in a mixture of his native tongue, Czech and the only words of English he knew that he was a reformed alcoholic and insisted on taking us to the bar, mid-match, to prove it.
Although this is not so much about the eccentricity of supporters, but more about one trip, where I had gone to the bathroom at an away game, it might have been Bzenec only to come back to one of us surrounded by locals poking him. At the time I was the chief translator, so after a quick chat with the group stood around my friend, I found out that they just couldn’t believe they had a foreign supporter at their ground. Slivovice all round.
There are many of them and,of course,they are all welcome. Football is really for everyone.
The Blansko Klobasa were once described bya fellow blogger as a walking musical and we’d like to take that as compliment. We miss the originality of a song and a chant that often comes from an English, Welsh or Scottish football stadium. This is not criticism of Czech football fans;it’s just we hear the same chants up and down the country.
At Blansko, we have borrowed melodies from opera, musicals, rock bands – some are easy,some are complex. A lot of time there are spontaneous creations, but always in good humour. To give you an example, whenever a player goes down injured (which happens fairly often in Czech football) we sing “Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi.
“He’s down, he needs bad medicine/Sasa the physio is what he needs”. All good natured,unless the player is more seriously injured.
The locals often give us a bemused look when webellow away in English and,of course,we sing in Czech too-although our accents usually bring chuckles from the old guys around us.
Football chants are an integral part of the game, almost ritual, and have brought us closer to everyone at the club.
Visiting Football Grounds
When I was back living in the UK, catching a glimpse of floodlights of a football ground from a train, car or bus was one of my main loves. Czech football has them too. I could talk for hours about the lollipops at Hradec Kralove. However, I know I am digressing,as in lower leagues you very rarely see them, well apart from at Slavia Kromeriz.The only stadium with floodlights..well, where we have managed to see Blansko play.
What nonleague Czech football does have is great football stands.There’s a great thrill in taking in the uniqueness and architectural nuances of main stands up and down the country. I once spent most of the game studying the old wooden stand at Slovan Podebrady,and even now I am amazed at the beauty of Meteor Prague’s grandstand.If it’s not under UNESCO,it should be. Then there’s the stand at MFK Breclav, which has been built on top of a roof. There are literally hundreds of eye poppingly beautiful non-league grounds that make the awayday experience culturally wonderful.
My personal favourite,though,is MFK Havirov’s Stadion Dukla-a ground covering all four sides of the football pitch is a rarity in the fourth tier of Czech football,and it’s a wonderful place to watch a football match on a Sunday morning.
Football Games and Results
Football matches at the top level is a results business,and,as I mentioned earlier,the entertainment is often replaced by a team holding out for a 1-0 away win by putting 10 men behind the ball. Well, not in the football we watch.Amateur footballers play the game for the same reason we watch it – entertainment. Even if the team is losing 3-0 with 10 minutes to play, you can still see the effort and belief from the team. Watching games that end 5-4, 3-2or 7-3 makes any trip worthwhile. Even if it’s Blansko on the receiving end of the that thumping, we always know we’ve been entertained.
The Football Snack
Back home the traditional football snack is a pie; here in the Czech Republic it’s the klobasa. The familiar smell of onions from catering vans at UK football stadiumshas now been replaced with the aroma of grilled sausage. The people that work behind the grill take great pride in their food and a half-time beer and sausage is definitely a ritual of the Czech game.
On occasions you see a local speciality, like at HFK Olomouc, where smoked mackerel is the food of choice for local fans. At Dosta Bystrc you often see the local ultras tasting homemade chutney and snacksat half-time.
Kojetin was the most interesting,where uponenquiring what kind of meat was on the barbecue, I was told “kocka, vole” by the toothless “catering manager”. Of course, we were later told that it was pork, but by that time our appetite had gone.
Having sampled the local klobasa up and down the country, our favourite is a very spicy sausage at Breclav – washed down with a local beer, Kanec.
And there you have it. Reading this,I am sure you will think we are bit mad, but we will all tell you that it’s like falling in love with the game again. When at the top level of the game in any country in the world you are just a customer or the seat number on your ticket; in thelower reaches of Czech football, you are anything but that – there’s a welcome for us all.
Give it a try.
And finally, the camaraderie of the Klobasa is what makes following a team so enjoyable . My brother once mentioned that the trips and the sheer fun that we have actually transcends the game in some ways. The friendship, humour and warmth we have received and given make groundhopping a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. Now when is Humpolec away?
In May 2012, I took a tram up to Lisen for an afternoon of groundhopping. The game had caught my attention weeks in advance as it brought together two former Boby Brno players, Richard Dostalek and Milan Pacanda. The reason for the added interest was that in the staggering, cash-soaked grandeur of top flight football back home and I am pretty sure a lot of players have very little time for grassroots level football.
At this point, I should add that I have nothing against a footballer earning a tad more than me, seemingly having it easy and then retiring and falling into a career of either coaching or working in media. However, I used to love reading stories or seeing former professionals drop into non-league to play for peanuts, simply because they loved football. In fact, two of my heroes growing up, Robbie James and Alan Curtis, both played for clubs in the Welsh league. Well below the standard they were used to after careers at the very top.
Being a groundhopper here in Czech Republic, the opportunities to see former international footballers strutting their stuff at weekends is still very much a thing and here are a few playing just for the love of the game.
After a career playing for the likes of Club Brugge, Paris Saint-Germain, Newcastle United and Lazio, David Rozenhal retired from the professional game at the end of last season to join his brother, Marek, at TJ Sokol Kožušany. The club are currently mid-table in the 7th tier of Czech football, playing in the Olomouc Region.
International Caps 60 goals 1
2. Pavel Nedvěd
Pavel Nedvěd needs no introduction. One of Czech Republic’s greatest ever players , he won European Footballer of the year in 2003. Currently he is on the books of FK Skalná, who play 7th tier of Czech football in the Karlovy Vary Region. It’s unlikely Pavel will be able to make the regular commute from Turin to Czech Republic, but there might still be an opportunity to see him play for his village side.
International caps 91 caps 18 goals.
3. David Lafata.
One of the greatest strikers to play Czech football in the last 20 years, Lafata is still scoring regularly for his boyhood club in Olešník . The 37 year old played for a host of clubs and is best known for his goals at FK Jablonec and Sparta Prague.
He played 41 times for Czech Republic scoring 9 goals.. Unfortunately two of them were against Wales in Teplice in 2005.
4. David Jarolím
Son of former Czechoslovak international and current national team manager Karel Jarolim, I remember reading about David Jarolím’s talent when he was a youngster at Bayern Munich. He only managed one appearance for the German giants before playing almost 300 times for Hamburg in the Bundesliga and now captains 5th Tier Čechie Vykáň, where he plays with his brother Lukáš.
International Caps 29 goals Goals 1
5. Jan Rajnoch
A product of the Sparta Prague academy, Jan Rajnoch spent much of his time in Czech Republic and Turkey. After finishing his career with Sigma Olomouc in 2016 he signed for 4th tier Motorlet Prague.
International caps 15 no goals
6 and 7. Vladimír Šmicer and Patrik Berger.
Both players started their careers at Slavia Prague and later played together for Liverpool. Berger and Smicer were part of the golden generation which took Czech Republic to the final of Euro 96. Smicer also won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005. Steven Gerrard one said of Berger “he was the best left-footed striker of a ball I have ever seen”. They now sometimes run the midfield for Dolni Chabry in the 6th tier.
Smicer 80 caps 27 goals
Berger 42 caps 18 goals
8. Jiří Štajner
In my eyes Štajner is a like a character from Roy of the Rovers. As a teenager he was picked up by Slavia Prague, playing a handful of games for them before dropping down the leagues to play for Slavia Lounovice,. After scoring for fun (and drinking in equal measures) he was picked up 2nd league Banik Most where he caught the eye of Slovan Liberec.. It was at Slovan where he continued to develop helping his team to European success and a league title. Scoring goals wherever he has been, Štajner now plays for FK Jiskra Mšeno – Jablonec nad Nisou in the 4th tier.. and yes, he’s still scoring.
Caps 37 Goals 4
9. Martin Jiránek
Another member of the successful Czech team at Euro 2004, Jiránek enjoyed a fairly successful career at home, Italy, Russia and a brief spell in England with Birmingham City where he won the League Cup in 2010. Afte further spells in Russia he finally hung up his professional boots with Dukla Prague. Now you can find captaining his first club, SC Olympia Radotín, in the 3rd tier.
Caps 31 goals 0
10. Richard Dostálek
Dostálek is probably my favourite ever Boby Brno footballer. When I first moved over here, he was a swashbuckling midfielder who took Brno back to near top of Czech football. After 6 years at the Luzanky he moved to Slavia Prague where he continued to impress for both club and country. Currently, when he’s not coaching Zbrojovka Brno’s stars of tomorrow, he’s playing 5th tier football for SK Bosonohy, a district of Brno.
Caps 5 Goals 0
11. Petr Švancara.
Now, Petr Švancara is a bit of a legend round these parts. If it hadn’t been for his love for nocturnal activity, I am sure he would have made the step up from U21 football to the full national squad – Once the most expensive player in Czech football after moving from Brno to Slavia Prague, “Mercedes” was a wizard on the ball. He spent a successful season with our FK Blansko taking us up to the 3rd tier and can now be seen at 5th tier Tatran Bohunice with a few other ex-Blansko players.
No caps no goals.
There are probably many more ex-professional footballer playing amateur football here in Czech Republic, so feel free to mention them in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading the post.
We’ve been following our teams (Swansea City, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa) back home for longer than we can remember. Personally, off the top of my head, I can’t even recall The Swans stringing a run of four or five wins together. We’ve had good seasons, we’ve been promoted a few times, we punched above our weight for 7 seasons in the Premier League. However, nothing prepared me for the first half of Divize D with FK Blansko this season.
Following an amateur football team in the Czech Republic comes with a lot of uncertainty. At the end of each half season, you are never sure if you will see the same players lining up after each winter or summer break. At the end of the 2017/18 season, I spoke to one of our defenders and asked him if he will be with us next season. “Not sure. The club want to sign 8 new players”. Now, 8 new players is practically a new team…Here we go…
That evening on Instagram, our top scorer and our centre midfielder posted a picture of themselves in t-shirts with the words “Does anyone want us?”
You don’t really need to be Sherlock Holmes or Major Zeman to know it meant big changes were on the way.
In July, I messaged another player (I don’t stalk them, honestly) and asked if there was any news. He told me that our manager had left and he’d been replaced by Tomas Kolouch, a junior coach at Zbrojovka Brno. No further news.
Around that time we were drawn against SK Lisen in the preliminary round of the Czech Cup.. This was followed by news of the first training session of the season. The faces of 2017/18 had been replaced with new names. Dolezal, Minx, Mezlik, Padera, Sedlo, Huska, Traore, Urbancok, Bednar and Tulaydan had joined the club.. So, not 8 new players, but 10.. a new team. This is how it works in the lower leagues over here.
A few nights later, I was out with a friend and naturally the conversation turned to FK Blansko, well okay, it wasn’t natural, the conversation was always going to be about Blansko. A few years ago, that friend had been playing for Tisnov before injury curtailed his fledgling career. At the beginning he went down to the ground to watch his friends play.. Slowly, his friends, all local footballers, were replaced with a team of bigger and better players and with it went his enjoyment. His view is the first eleven should be full of local players. And to be quite frank, I wholeheartedly agree with this. Losing some of the Blansko players, we’ve grown to love was more than a bit concerning and all of us harboured (and still do) doubts whether we would have similar emotions with our new squad of players.
Now it’s 11thNovember and our final game before the 5 month winter break and some of those concerns are no longer ( does that make us glory hunters?) as we put 9 past Velka Bites (fielding four of our former players) and completed our 15thwin from 15 games – scoring 53 goals on the way. That is quite some achievement, so I asked Chris “Wingy” Wing of The Blansko Klobasa a few questions to help review our first half of the season.
First of all, Wingy, I know you’ve been a Middlesboro fan a bit longer than Blansko, so have you ever experienced a start to the season like 2018/19 with Blanners?
Wingy: To be honest, I can’t really remember. I know that in 1973-74 under Jack Charlton, we lost our first home game to Fulham, then we didn’t lose at home for the rest of the season and I think we had a pretty decent start to the following season in Division one as well.
What has it been like going to Blansko games, knowing we have the strongest squad in the league? Has there been an expectation that we’ve got the 3 points before a ball has been kicked?
Wingy: Inevitably yes. We are almost too dominant. But I will take it. After the Grmela experience, I am thankful for anything.
For those who don’t know, Grmela, a former top division coach with Zbrojovka Brno, was our manager a couple of seasons back. The most disinterested, unmotivated coach we have ever had. He brought his own players from Zbrojovka B in place of the local players and they had the same attitude to Blansko as our manager. Luckily for us, Znojmo (2ndLeague) came in for him during the winter break and he was off…much to our relief.
How do you feel about players turning up on big money? And with it replacing some of our most loyal and local footballers.
Wingy: As a fan you feel they won’t have the same feeling for the club, much like in the Grmela era, and for our support, as the local players. And that does seem to be the case with one or two of the current squad. The price you pay for success, I suppose. (Sigh).
I agree. At the moment we are not too sure of the direction of the club, how much money is being invested and where the investors see the club in the next 5 years. We saw this with AFK Tisnov last season, who were in exactly the same position with the same players, that once the money ran\n out – the players left and Tisnov resigned from Divize D. I suppose all we are looking for is just a little bit of loyalty from this group and with it I am sure the league title will follow.
So, providing we keep the same the same crop of player, what are you hopes and expectations for the season?
Wingy: Promotion surely. With this much of a lead, we would have to seriously tank it to not go up. We can’t expect to keep the 100 percent record forever, but it’s nice while it lasts. I hope we don’t lose some key players and I hope to get to some away days (Rosice or Bystrc)
If we keep hold of the squad (I heard a rumour that Dominik Urbancok is off), I can’t see us failing to go up or losing too many points in the last 15 games. I would love us to go unbeaten – but teams will now be raising their game to beat us..
Who has been our player of the season so far?
Wingy : Inevitably, got to be Dominik Smerda. What a great talent this boy has and is surely destined for higher things, if he wants it.
Oh, this is probably the first one we disagree on. I rate Dominik very highly (as I do Tomas Feik), but I have to give my P.O.S to David Bednar – he’s been absolutely outstanding in every game he plays and has scored 13 goals in 15 games from midfield. Special mention to Radek Mezlik who has marshalled the defence extremely well, especially when Jiri Huska disappears upfront for parts of the game.
What’s been your favourite game?
Wingy : Was tempted to say the 9-0 against Velka Bites, but would have to go for the 4-0 at home to Rosice. Good entertaining game and the best atmosphere this season.
Loved the Rosice game, mainly because they have the best support in the league and always our games are always entertaining. However, I am going for Novy Sady away. We beat them 7-0 and could have had another seven goals if we’d not taken our foot off the gas. The home crowd seemed to appreciate the quality of our play by applauding the substitutions of Bednar and Traore in the 62ndminute. It was also at this point that I knew we’d go into the winter break with 45 points.
What’s been the best trip this season?
Wingy : Not applicable. Haven’t made any of the away games so far…
It’s a massive shame that, Wingy. This is such a tough one to answer as all trips have been memorable in one way or other. I enjoyed Bzenec as we spent the morning in the lovely town of Uherske Hradiste at a wine festival and walked out to the Jarosov Brewery. Zdar away was also fun for the celebration with the players and finding that the town now has a brewery and good one at that..Lanzhot for stumbling across the archaelogical site at Pohansko and the bunkers built on the Austrian border for fear on invasion.. But, I am going for Polna. Now I have been to the town several times, but this time I had an few hours to walk around and boy was I not disappointed. Great result against a difficult team too.
Best away pub?
Well, seeing as though only I can answer this – I am going to give it to the Rebel pub in Havlickuv Brod. Definitely the best goulash I have ever paid for and served with a 11 degree Rebel.Perfect.
Best Away Ground?
I am sure my choice will be different come the end of the season as we have Humpolec and Bystrc to come, but at the moment it has to be Lanzhot. Terracing behind the goal is rarity in this league, so to stand on an open terrace in glorious sunshine for 90 minutes was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Who has been the best team we have faced?
Wingy: Difficult to say, as we have been so dominant. Would probably go for Tasovice (although maybe my sight was impaired by the blinding yellow kit….)
I will say Lanzhot, but I am not too sure if they are the best team or the most difficult team we’ve played against. It’s rare to see such partisan crowds in this division, but the 690 making noise for the full 90 minutes were definitely their 12thman. I am really surprised to see them sitting mid-table as we could easily have lost that game.
Has their been a season low for you?
Wingy: Only relative of course. But probably the 1-0 against Strany. Poor performance against an awful team. The showboating against Tasovice was also annoying.
I can’t think of one. I was also a tad annoyed at the showboating against Tasovice, we could easily have lost that game too, if it weren’t for some excellent goalkeeping from Martin Dolezal.
Re the showboating, I have come to accept it now as you can see the players are enjoying themselves.
If I were to pick one disappointment, it is seeing our former captain, Jakub Splichal, sidelined. The heartbeat of the team last year, it’s a shame to see him as a bit part player this season. In my opinion, he’s a better defender than Jiri Huska and deserves a place in the team.
Just to finish off, I thought I would ask Wingy a couple of general questions about Blansko and Czech Football.
Who your cult hero at the club?
Wingy: Difficult to choose between 1. Honza Trtilek 2. Petr Gromsky and 3. Standa Pisek. I think I’d go for Standa, for the hilarious own-goals.
Oh, Standa is a good call, as I am sure he loved us as much as we loved him. I am tempted to say Pavel the Drummer, miss him when he’s not around, when he is around he usually picks an argument with someone either on the pitch or in the stand.
What do you like and dislike about Czech football?
Wingy : Like – it has an old-school feel to it that British football sometimes loses. Dislike – corruption.
I like that Czech football is still affordable for everyone. You can buy a beer for a reasonable price and enjoy it while watching a game of football. I am also fond of kickoffs throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. For a groundhopper for myself, I love watching a game at 10.15 in the morning and then making it for an afternoon match too.
Like you, Wingy, I dislike corruption. I also hate the racism that seems to have planted itself at Czech football stadiums. Of course, I know it’s not just here, but we need the Czech FA to admit there is a problem to do anything about it.
If you could change one thing about Blansko, what would it be?
Wingy: Bring back Standa Pisek!!
I would continue to clear the weeds and long grass, so we can see the terracing at Udolni again. And…more fans. The players deserve a bit of support..sometimes I get the feeling we are at a theatre..not a football ground.