2014-2015 Groundhop

11th September 1982 – Watford 3-0 WBA.
For the subsequent seven days, Watford FC really were The Best team in the land. 

Watford 1982

Whilst clearly being the culmination of a whole community endeavour, just 24 players and 6 backroom staff were used all season. Forming the basis for my groundhopping articles in the matchday programme, I’m planning to see other clubs that this entire 30 man squad played and worked for, you’ll find me…
(following a suggestion of one fellow Hornet, a concert of SEJ has also been added to the list)
The Full Squad
Gerry Armstrong & Real Club Deportivo Mallorca – Match Report
John Barnes – team chosen
Luther Blissett & AC Milan and Fakenham Town FC – Match Report
Ian Bolton & Chalfont St Peter AFC – Match Report
Nigel Callaghan – team chosen
Roy Clare
Paul Franklin – team chosen
Jimmy Gilligan & Newport County AFC – Match Report
Billy Hails
Steve Harrison
Kenny Jackett & Bushey Rangers – Match Report
Ross Jenkins & Washington Diplomats – Match Report
Richard Jobson & Burton Albion FC – Match Report
Elton John
David Johnson & Whyteleafe FC – Match Report
Jan Lohman & SVV Schiedam, NEC Nijmegen, Burgerhoutse SC and Royal Cappellen – Match Report
Charlie Palmer & Long Eaton United FC – Match Report
Martin Patching & Dunstable Town FC – Match Report
Neil Price & Walton and Hersham FC – Match Report
Keith Pritchett & Drumchapel Amateurs – Match Report
Pat Rice & Arsenal Youth – Match Report
Wilf Rostron & Ryhope Colliery Welfare FC – Match Report
Steve Sherwood & Gainsborough Trinity FC – Match Report
Steve Sims & Lincoln United FC – Match Report
Eris Steele & Wallsend Boys Club – Match Report
Worrell Sterling & Deeping Rangers – Match Report
Graham Taylor
Les Taylor & Oxford United FC – Match Report
Steve Terry & Enfield Town FC – Match Report
Tom Walley
John Ward


Programme Monthly Championship Best Feature 2014


Rule(s) – For each member of the 1982-83 squad – players, backroom staff and chairman – the hopper MUST see one of his other teams play, and top it all with a concert. Preferably this should be done without seeing any teams twice.


There are only three exceptions to this rule….
1. Environmental Issue. Any midweek game incurring a petrol-guzzling journey of more that 4hrs (round trip) may be deemed too long to complete without upsetting the environment, work, or the family. In such instances an alternative fixture, or a closer option should be chosen, but the hopper must still try to avoid too much Ground/Team Repetition (GTR*).
2. Social Issue. Any risk of crowd trouble or hospitalisation (eg. local rivals) can amend the above rule although a local derby or two might be nice. Once again the hopper must always try to avoid too much GTR.
3. Moral Issue. How to avoid the few teams one isn’t so keen on… An alternative game may be preferable.

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