Thursday, 27 September 2018


Stade de la Licorne, Amiens (Amiens Sporting Club)

France, department: Somme

26 IX 2018 / Amiens SC - Stade Rennais 2-1 / Ligue 1 (= FRA level 1)

Note 1: highlights of the game at which the pictures below were taken can be accessed by clicking this link.

Note 2: Amiens SC, a merger concluded in 1961 between Amiens Sports and Amiens Athlétic Club (not to be confused with current club AC Amiens), have played at their current ground since 1999. In 2014/2015, RC Lens groudshared with Amiens SC at the Stade de la Licorne while their own Stade Bollaert-Delelis underwent upgrading.

All photos: (c) W.B. Tukker / Publication of any of these images only after permission of author

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

BELGIUM: Stade Courtrai (1922-1951) / Stade Kortrijk (1951-1971) / KV Kortrijk (B) (1971-) / VK Wikings Kortrijk (2014-)

Jeugdcomplex 'Stade' - Weversstraat, Courtray = Kortrijk (KV Kortrijk - B ground & VK Wikings Kortrijk, formerly Stade Courtrai / Stade Kortrijk)

Belgium, province: West-Flanders

12 II 2018 / KV Kortrijk Reserves - SC Charleroi Reserves 1-1 / Reserves' League 1A group 2
24 IX 2018 / KV Kortrijk Reserves - AA Gent Reserves 4-2 / Reserves' League 1A

Note 1: this ground is what has been left of what originally was a much bigger stadium - the ground of the former Stade Courtrai. Stade Courtrai was founded in 1922 as a merger between Eendracht Kortrijk and Patronaat Sint-Rochus, two clubs not affiliated to the Belgian Football Association. Stade became Belgian FA members one year later, in 1923. In 1951, the club name was changed to Stade Kortrijk (Kortrijk being the Dutch name of the town known as Courtray in English and Courtrai in French). Finally, in 1971, Stade Kortrijk merged with Kortrijk Sport, becoming KV Kortrijk. First team football has since been played at Kortrijk Sport's ground at Menenstraat, usually referred to nowadays as Guldensporenstadion; Stade's ground, on the other hand, has remained in use for training purposes and lower team matches. Moreover, in 2014, a non-league club, VK Wikings Kortrijk, moved their first team matches to Weversstraat.

Note 2: below, a compilation of photos of two match visits: pictures 1, 3 & 5 = February 2018 / pictures 2, 4 & 6-17 = September 2018.

All photos: (c) W.B. Tukker / Publication of any of these images only after permission of author

Saturday, 22 September 2018

NETHERLANDS: vv BCV (1964-2019) / FC Burgum (2019-)

Sportpark Het Koningsland West, Bergum = Burgum (vv BCV = Bergumer Christelijke Voetbalvereniging)

Netherlands, province: Frisia = Friesland

22 IX 2018 / BCV - vv Hardegarijp 5-1 / Saturday League 2I (= NL level 7)

Note 1: BCV, founded as vv Wardy in 1949 but renamed BCV half a year later, played at Tuskendyken (1949-1950), groundshared with vv Bergum at Het Koningsland Oost (1950) prior to moving to Noordersingel (1950-1964). In 1964, the club settled down at the newly constructed western half of Sportpark Het Koningsland; in 1991, the current clubhouse was inaugurated. In 2019, BCV merged with vv Bergum, forming FC Burgum; first team football is being played on BCVs former main pitch.

Note 2: picture 1 dates back to a non-matchday visit, August 2015.

All photos: (c) W.B. Tukker / Publication of any of these images only after permission of author