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Crawley Town Home Shirt 2012-13

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The Crawley Town home shirt bought at their Broadfield Stadium. It is a basic Puma design, with a thick fabric. The badge, however, is very well designed and stitched onto the shirt while the sponsor is in the fabric. All in all it is a typical lower league shirt, not too flashy but a nice memory to add to the collection. The fact that It was offered on discount, since the season was more than half way over at the time, made it even more appealing.

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Craven Cottage, London, England – Fulham FC

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Craven Cottage is one of those epic grounds. Its location is amazing, its age makes you feel the years. In it, you are truly living the evolution of football, from local XIs to the cash-splashed Premier League. As of now the capacity is 25,700, but it is slated to be increased. After all, it has been in use since 1896! In many ways, Craven Cottage took me home and gave me the feel of Fenway Park, the first stadium I ever attended a game at. The small doors–built in an age when people were of smaller proportions– reminded me of the small seats at old Fenway, where fans can’t help but feel slightly uncomfortable.

I was able to get a Fulham shirt, a picture of which can be seen here, and with it sitting on the banks of the Thames next to the stadium I was in a state of near-perfect contentment, a day in London well spent. For those interested, the Wikipedia article on Craven Cottage has a nice aerial photo, which puts the stadium’s unique location in perspective for the unfamiliar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craven_Cottage_).

 

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Selhurst Park, London, England – Crystal Palace FC

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In a bid to see some of the smaller parks near London, I decided to trek from South Norwood to the banks of the Thames. Along the way, I checked out Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park (capacity 26, 309), which was at that point a League One stadium–at the end of the season they gained promotion to the Premier League. Again, I was not able to get in, but I got some good pictures of the Stadium’s brick wall, as well as the surrounding neighborhood. It looked alot like the industrial areas of New England (unsurprisingly), where I am from, which made me wonder–for a moment–why I was spending British Pounds and getting poorer by the day for it. After that split second I resumed my walk, content with a grey afternoon in the old world. As a note, I’d like to draw attention to the second to last photo–I regularly go to matches with tools, so I’m glad they warned me ahead of time. The last photo is of the author getting in the spirit of Crystal Palace FC.

 

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Broadfield Stadium, Crawley, England – Crawley Town FC

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On a trip to London in February I stayed in Crawley, where I could not resist getting a taste of lower league football. It was stereotypical weather, a little wet and a little dreary, but it did little to dampen my spirits as I searched for a Crawley Town shirt at the Broadfield Stadium (capacity 5,996). The pedestrian underpass is decorated in team colors, and the stadium walls still celebrate the team’s recent promotions to the third tier of English soccer. The final picture was taken at a Crawley fan hangout, where the locals lamented Britain’s choice to join the EU in the face of the economic downturn and mass-immigration from Eastern Europe.

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