ADO ladies 1 v 5 FC Twente

ADO ladies suffer heavy defeat

On Friday night ADO ladies took on FC Twente in the Kyocera stadium. This game was a must win for the home side if they wanted to keep any realistic chances of winning the Dutch league alive. ADO ladies had already won in Enschede earlier this season thanks to a stunning strike from Renate Jansen in the closing stages to earn a deserved 1-2 win, so there was nothing to fear for the ADO ladies.

The game saw Twente take total revenge for their home defeat to ADO. A strong side, when even down to ten players produced football that caused ADO all sorts of problems. ADO were also not at their best, far too many individual errors cost them this game.

I don’t know what it is about the teams of ADO Den Haag that when faced with a team who are a man down, all goes wrong. Men’s team has done it a few times this season and now the ladies. I was talking with a fan after the game who could not believe it always happens to ADO.

The game kicked off almost fifteen minutes late when the officials realized they had forgotten their flags, should have been a sign of things to come. Twente took the lead in the eighth minute through Ellen Jansen. More goals could have followed quickly as ADO’s players seemed to be unable to find each other with a pass.

The game came to life in the dying minutes of the first half. Firstly Yvette van der Veen was caught with a solid kick that left her in agony on the floor; after some treatment she was carried off the field of play.

As ADO waited to bring on Marleen Joore a long ball was played from inside the ADO half for Beerensteyn to chase, she got ahead of the last defender who pulled her to the ground, which resulted in Siri Worm getting a red card for a professional foul.

Despite the one player advantage ADO ladies just could not get going, nothing was going right for them in all areas of the pitch. Sherida Spitse scored from the penalty spot to make it 0-2 in the forty seventh minute. Twente were soon 0-4 up with goals from Jill Roord in the sixty third minute and six minutes later a second goal for Ellen Jansen.

ADO managed to pull a goal back in the seventy fifth minute after ADO was awarded a penalty after Renate Jansen was push in the penalty area. Sheila van den Bulk dispatched the spot kick with ease, 1-4.

With three minute remaining things went from bad to worse when Joore put the ball into her own goal, 1-5.

It was a bad night for the ladies. Not only the heavy defeat, but it looks as though they need a miracle to recapture the title. Every team has a bad night and Friday night ws that night for our ladies. The defeat hurt and it showed in the players as they left the pitch.

Woman of the match: Kitty Susan, strong midfield performance, never gave up.

Attendance: 500

Big game tonight for ADO ladies, support them please

Tonight ADO ladies face FC Twente in the Kyocera stadium at 19.30. This game is crucial, a game ADO ladies must win to keep any realistic hopes of winning the championship alive. The ladies will need your support, they want your support, so come along and create an atmosphere that will boost the players “COME ON THE HAGUE!

Tour the Kyocera stadium for 5 Euros in May

Want to do something nice in the May holidays? Well look no further!

On Wednesday 1st May, ADO Den Haag will again organise tours of the Kyocera Stadium for an unbelieveable price of just 5 euros per person.

You can sign up by mailing rondleidingen@adodenhaag.nl. You can register until Friday 26th April. Tomorrow.

Please mention the following:
– The number of persons
– Time 14:00 or 15:00

During the tour you will get a complete look behind the scenes and the unique places of the Kyocera Stadium, including:

– The catacombs
– The changing rooms
– One of the many sponsors boxes
– The players home
– The press room
– The Senate chamber
– The players tunnel

It is a great tour, one I have done twice and at only 5 Euros, a great way to spend an afternoon.

Support ADO this Saturday

After a run of five consecutive defeats in the Eredivisie, ADO look to get back to winning ways against VVV Venlo at home this coming Saturday night. Get behind the players and shout them to victory. “COME ON THE HAGUE!” Tickets are still available from the Kyocera ticket office and on the night of the game don’t forget your ID.

ADO ladies MUST Win this Friday

ADO ladies really need your support this coming Friday night!!

They must beat FC Twente at home to keep any realistic chance of winning the league title alive. So please make the effort to come to the Kyocera for the biggest BeNe league game ADO ladies have played so far this season. THe ladies need your support, your flags and shouts. Come and support the ADO ladies, this tme, they really NEED YOU!

ADO and Legia friendship

The friendship between ADO Den Haag & Legia Warsaw

There has been a growing friendship between the supporters of ADO Den Haag and those of Polish giants Legia Warsaw for many years. The start has a strong similarity to that of the friendship between fans of ADO and Swansea City. This is because back in his younger days, John van Zweden was making pen pals all over Europe to improve his language skills and to swap football souvenirs.

Swansea became his biggest love but along side that his bond with fans of Legia grew and grew. John’s first contact with the Polish club was with a fan called Wojtek Wisinski. As they grew older the friendship got stronger. At first fans in small groups began to travel to each others games. They met up, shared drinks and showed each other their homes and cities.

This all changed on October 10, 2010. Wojtek Wisinski was seriously ill and the fans got together to put together a benefit game to raise funds and awareness for this brave mans plight. ADO fan Marcel van Rijthoven did a lot of work in organising things from the ADO side.

Five hundred ADO fans travelled to Warsaw for the game in Legia’s new stadium; some by car, other by bus and a fair few by plane. The Legia fans welcomed the travelling army of Hague supporters to their city with open arms and took care of them during their stay.

The game was an emotional one; the atmosphere from what I have been told by several people was one of the best ever. Scarves and banners adorned each side of the ground, joining ADO and Legia together as friends all the supporters were mixed in together with no problems at all.

After the game ADO fans were taken to a club were they were giving a wrist band meaning they could drink for free all night, and they did! To this day the hospitality shown by Legia’s fans to those of ADO are remembered fondly.

Since that night the fans have been travelling more and more to each others games. At each clubs home games you can always see each others flags on display. There are not many games at ADO now that do not have any Legia fans in attendance.

On Saturday 13th April a group of fifteen fans from Legia travelled for the game against FC Twente. I was contacted by Andre Rietbroek, a staunch ADO season ticket holder of many years. As I watched the game from pitch side I waited to see where they were i the Kyocera. Five minutes into the game you could not miss them as they entered the stand behind the goal all in the pure white tops looking like an invading force. They certainly made themselves heard as they sang along to some ADO songs. There are plenty of YouTube video available to show how they really support the team and just don’t turn up to watch.

At half time I went round to make some pictures of them before they moved onto Vak G, which along with the Midden Nord are the main guys for atmosphere in the stadium. They all happily posed together for souvenir shots.

I met up with these Legia fans for a talk at a hostel in Scheveningen on the Sunday morning before their long drive home.

A great bunch they were, all friendly and a lot of fun, a few with hangovers after what apparently had been a great night with the fans of ADO Den Haag; some had even sang so much they could hardly talk. I asked a few general questions about why’s and how’s etc.

Iwona Nowakowska, who was the main translator for the group said “We love to come here to Den Haag, it is a beautiful city, the people make us feel welcome and we love the football team. We like to come here once a year if we can; we always have fun and are always looked after very well by Andre and his friends. People accept us as Legia fans and know we support Den Haag as we much as we can.”

Andre travels to Warsaw when he can too, trying for at least twice a year, telling me they always allow him to stay almost for free, only really ever needs is his flights, everything else is taken care of. He told me that ADO fans do not travel on mass to any particular game, but there are small groups who go to different matches throughout the season, all with their own contacts etc, but all get treated the same way.

Iwona says it is the same with the Legia followers, they do not all go to the same games here in The Hague, but small groups go and they all know each other and so the bond between all the fans is growing stronger now each season.

Just before this group of fifteen headed back home, they presented me with a t-shirt and some Legia stickers, really very nice of them. They also showed me what they got themselves from the ADO fans shop, literally bags of stuff to take home for themselves and their friends.

Once this football season is over and the famous International youth tournament is on, fans from ADO, Legia, Swansea City and FC Bruges will all be in town to follow their youth team and have some fan events together.

This relationship with other clubs is great for our own club; it spreads the name of ADO Den Haag across Europe in a very good way. Long may it continue and I for one am always happy to see the Poles supporting out team.

Additional photos courtesy of Robert John Henderson

Fifth loss in a row for ADO Den Haag

ADO again this weekend suffered a defeat and a red card. Things are not going at all well for ADO; their season looks to be stumbling to a poor conclusion.

With manager Maurice Steijn sitting in the stands after his outburst at the referee last time around, Henk Fraser took charge of the team from the side line.

ADO were 2-0 down at half time. Things improved for a perios in the second half thanks to a goal by Keving Jansen, who was then later given a his marching orders for his second bookable offence.

The chances of ADO getting into the Europa league play-offs look like a distant dream now; with three games remaining others around them will have to have some serious failings to allow ADO any chance of that European ticket.

Photos courtesy of Robert John Henderson, to see more of his work, click HERE.