|Whizzing past Moneyfields on the train from Portsmouth Harbour.|
It's time to get started again...
My aim to visit all 41 Hampshire clubs at Level 10 and above in the English pyramid system got off to a gentle start last season, when I reported back from the first nine from January onwards. This leaves me with 32 grounds to shiver at over the next two seasons. Thus, I intend to do a 50/50 split, posting reports from 16 grounds during 2011/12, with the remaining 16 the following year.
The changes from last season are as follows:
OUT! go Andover and Farnborough North End - the former sadly folding after 125 years; the latter being relegated from the Combined Counties League.
IN! comes the student side of Team Solent, who will be playing at a new stadium within walking distance of my house, which is currently nearing completion (I mean the stadium, not my house).
The only other changes concern Hamble ASSC (now known as GE Hamble), and various promotions, relegations and divisional swaps involving Saints, AFC Totton, Fleet Town, Brockenhurst and Horndean.
The current full list of Level 1-10 Hampshire sides is typed out below. Those I have already visited are in bold.
Fixtures for the top four divisions can be found via any half-decent British newspaper's sports pages.
Step 1. Premiership
3. League One
4. League Two
6. Conference South
Eastleigh (Jan 2011)
Havant & Waterlooville
7. Southern League Premier Division
AFC Totton (Jan 2011)
8. Southern League Division One South & West
8. Southern League Division One Central
Fleet Town (Apr 2011)
9. Wessex League Premier Division
Blackfield & Langley
Fareham Town (Jan 2011)
Horndean (Apr 2011)
New Milton Town
Romsey Town (Feb 2011)
Totton & Eling
9. Combined Counties Premier Division
10. Wessex League First Division
Andover New Street (Feb 2011)
Brockenhurst (Mar 2011)
Hythe & Dibden
Stockbridge (Mar 2011)
10. Combined Counties First Division
Like I said, it's time to get started again...