Getting To Know Your Fellow Countrymen 2018/19 Part 5

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Posted 02nd October 2018 - Posted in Fans News Getting To Know Your Fellow Countrymen 2018/19 Part 43)

Tell us about yourself:

Name: Ricky Barnard
Age: 36
From: Wickford, Essex
Now Living: Sheffield
Occupation: Consultant for a software company
Family: Mum, sister and brother all in Essex. I live with my girlfriend here in Sheffield.

How did you first come to hear about Hallam FC? After living in Sheffield for a number of years I had heard on the non league scene about Hallam and their history regarding having the oldest ground in the world so found a date when the clubs fixtures didn’t coincide with my own teams and made the visit. From my first visit the people of the club were so nice and instantly made me feel at home.

First visit to Sandygate Road? January 7th 2017 – Hallam 4-0 Brigg Town, a walk in the park for the Countrymen!

Who do you attend games with? Normally with a friend from work Richard Howard, whenever his not at Sheffield Wednesday. A few others have come with me before to some away games including the missus.

Role at the club? Just a supporter although if I have an idea which I think might benefit the club I let a member of the board know.

Ever played or scored on the world’s oldest pitch? I haven’t unfortunately although would be hard work on that slope!

Favourite or stand out moment since following Hallam: Probably my first away game last season. A comfortable midweek thumping of AFC Emley 4-0. The chairmen then said upon leaving the ground that I need to come more often!

Favourite away ground and why? I’ve only done a few with Hallam so far and enjoyed every club the Countrymen have visited but so far I’d probably say Rossington Main, people who run the club there were very friendly.

Do you stand on the terrace or sit in the stand for matches? I stand, usually on the side not far from the club house.

Wednesday, United or other? I’m a Tottenham Hotspur season ticket holder and do most of the away games too.

Pasty from Ann`s Cabin or pint at half time? Sorry Ann…….it’s always a pint. San Miguel in warmer climates and a pint of Mansfield when it’s starts to get nippy!

How many layers do you wear at a mid-week game in January? Given my southern roots about 15! Being serious though you do need to wrap up on that hill in winter!

What would you say to first time visitors to Hallam? It’s a wonderful club with a great setup at Sandygate run by lovely people. You’ll be given a warm welcome, fans are really friendly and you’ll always find somebody to talk to in the club house pre/post match and at half time. You’ll see some really entertaining games of football for a £5 (students £2.50) which is fantastic value for money. You’ll have just as good a day out if not better than at a pro game and for little cost whilst also putting money into a club that appreciates your custom and support which really isn’t the case for most pro sides in the top divisions. If you’re a big football follower of your club like me you’ll find loads of other fans in the same boat. I’ve met Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Man City supporters who go to Hallam along with watching their own clubs so it’s nice to catch up with them and how things are with their sides.

Where do you think Hallam will finish this season? Whilst a lot of people have predicted the club can challenge for promotion I’m wondering with the big change around of players and that some are quite youthful if that’s a bit too much to ask for at the moment although I’m happy to be proven wrong! I’d probably say top 7 although the side have really been on a good run of late and look like they are starting to click. Would be great to see the club have a bit of a cup run in the FA Vase too.

Up The Countrymen 

Glenn Poulton (@PoultonOwl)

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