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Drawing The 92 - 14th August 2017

I was recently sent an email asking if I would like to contribute to a project that involved a very talented artist drawing all of the 92 football grounds in the top 4 English leagues. A subject obviously close to my heart. I couldn't resist and backed the project to the tune of 50. For my money, I receive a hand signed copy of a coffee table book featuring all of the drawings and a print of my favourite football team. I've also been invited to the opening of the exhibition at the National Football Museum in Manchester in early November.

I'm hoping this interests a few more of you. Here's the campaign description:

Drawing the 92 is a unique collection of football ground illustrations by artist Jamie B. Edwards. He has spent ten years and travelled more than 25,000 miles to draw all ninety two Premier League and Football League grounds in England and Wales in his inimitable bold colour style.

They have been collected together in a high quality hardback book (260 x 260mm; 224pp) which is to be published in the Autumn following a launch exhibition of the drawings at the National Football Museum in November.

Mark Chapman, presenter of Match of the Day 2, has written a foreword for the book after he bought several of Jamie's prints at his market stall in Manchester. In it he states: " The artwork in this book is beautiful but what makes it a glorious offering, is that when you arrive at the drawing of your own special ground, it will take you back to your own special place with your own special memories. "

Supporters of this project have an exclusive opportunity to receive a signed copy of the coffee-table book prior to its release; as well as a open edition print (unframed or framed) of their favourite stadium delivered to their home. They can also buy one of just 92 copies of a cloth-bound slip-cased luxury collector's edition of Drawing the 92 which will be signed and numbered by Jamie. These offers will not be available to the public following the book's release in November.

If you're interested in helping to fund this campaign check it out here.

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Bloomfield Road - 2nd February 2017

Hello and welcome back to the TFW blog, today's blog is about Bloomfield Road in Blackpool. Bloomfield Road was originally known as Gamble's Field, named for the farmer who owned the field. South Shore F.C. played there in the Lancashire League, 1899.

Blackpool is a popular tourist town in Lancashire, in the Northwest of England. Bloomfield Road is a decently sized stadium, a 17,338-capacity seater. You used to get in by the main entrance on Bloomfield Road. After all the renovations, however, the main entrance is now through the Mathews Stand on the west side. This is off of Seasiders Way.

Blackpool is a popular tourist town in Lancashire, in the Northwest of England. Bloomfield Road is a decently sized stadium, a 17,338-capacity seater. You used to get in by the main entrance on Bloomfield Road. After all the renovations, however, the main entrance is now through the Mathews Stand on the west side. This is off of Seasiders Way.

If you're coming by car, you should enter Blackpool from the M55, first follow for A583, and then the B5390 toward the Town Centre. Turn left onto Bloomfield Road, for which the stadium is named, in about 500 meters. There are three large car parks around the stadium. One is considered to be the largest football parking stadium in England, so that should help with parking.

Bloomfield Road is home to not just football games. It also hosts quite a few concerts, including Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond, and some reggae concerts. Of course, betting on football games is as common in Blackpool as anywhere else. Understanding some basic rules of sports betting is a great idea if you want to get into this side of football.

Bloomfield Road has been the permanent home of Blackpool F.C. since 1901, and was the 68th ground to host a Football League game. It has been under constant reconstruction since June 2000. It is a smart and modern stadium now. North, West and South stands are all connected, and the acoustics are very decent.

I like the atmosphere of the place, very modern and fitting for Blackpool. Overall it's a fairly decent place to visit, and they have certainly had some exciting games in the past. Such as when Blackpool beat their first continental visitors, FK Austria Wien, 4 - 3 in 1935, and the Margate, 3 - 1, in 1936. It has also been host to many match games, and big league games. Prince William visited in November, 2010.

Happy Wanderering,

The Football Wanderer.

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