Coming up this week are games for the teams of ADO Den Haag and ADO ladies.
The men play away to AZ Alkmaar on Saturday evening. After two straight wins ADO will be looking for another three points that would guarantee them safety mathematically. Tickets for ADO supporters are selling well as the “BRING BACK THE PASSION” call goes from strength to strength.
ADO ladies will be at home on Friday night when they take on K.Lierse S.K of Belgium. They will be looking to bounce back from the heart breaking penalty shoot out defeat in the cup semi-final last week.
Go and support the teams as the season begins to reach its conclusion.
Alberto of ADO Journaal has uploaded this great video to his website.
Again this is showing how the fans are responding to the call for more passion in the stadium and at away games. This action is growing week by week, so why not become a part of this great move forward? Be a apart of The Hague, feel as though you belong and follow your local football team. You will love the atmosphere in the Kyocera stadium.
This is the first of a few articles written about the other ADO Den Haag supporters websites. The reasons they do what they do and the people behind it. So the first one is Ed Slier’s website WWW,NORTHSIDE.NL
Ed Slier is a 42 year old fan with green and yellow blood running through his veins. He is old school and prefers to still call the club by its former name FC Den Haag. He is well known amongst the supporters and by the club and helps out when and however possible.
Ed also has his own private ADO, sorry, FCDH museum, as you walk into his home you are greeted by a sea of yellow and green scarves, shirts and other souvenirs, a lot of it quite rare.
“I got my first scarf from a neighbour when I was 11 years old, but due to the bad times with crowd trouble at the stadium at those times, I was not allowed to go to games as my parents thought I was too young. That changed when at 13 I was allowed to go to the Zuiderpark stadium. My first game was in 1985 and I still have that ticket, actually I have all the tickets from every game I went to, some in albums, others loose in a box. After my first game I started to want and collect everything to do with the club.”
Ed’s collection is huge and he has no idea of how many scarves and shirts etc that he owns. I asked if he is planning now on moving into a bigger home to accommodate the collection. He tells me as he has now stopped collecting. He says that but I still noticed the new “Bring back the passion” T-shirt in his living room.
“I get visitors here to see my collection. It is well known and I have had friends here from Legia Warsaw, Club Brugge and of course other FCDH supporters. The museum has got big, too big. I had to stop as running out of space and money, but every now and then someone will give me something as a gift, so yes, it is still growing.”
I then had freedom to roam around his home and look where I wanted. In every room, cupboard, actually every space was filled with shirts, scarves, boxes of programmes, newspaper articles, photos, magazines. There were chairs from the old and new stadium inside the house and on the balcony. Yellow and green everywhere, even on him with his multitude of Den Haag tattoos.
Ed also had a pet dog linked to the club, probably the most famous dog in Den Haag, The name of the dog was Hooligan, as it matched the fan reputation at the time. It was a sweet animal, very friendly, sadly he passed away a short time ago.
Now onto the website.
“I did not start it. I did have a website called FCDENHAAG.NET, but the friend I was doing that with decided that he wanted to stop. After that in 2003 I was asked to become the webmaster of Northside.nl and a year later I bought that site.
I love to do it and enjoy doing it, apart from the headaches of when computer crashes etc. I think it is good to inform not only the fans of FCDH, but also the fans of our friends at different clubs around Europe. Yes it is Dutch, but thanks to Google translate everybody knows what is going on generally.
The site has really grown well and is now second only to the ADOfans.nl website. My site gets on average 2,500 hits per day, and on match days it gets around 15,000 visitors.”
For the last six years the website has been giving out player of the year awards. The trophy winners so far being Richard Knopper, Jens Toornstra, Dmitri Bulykin, Mike van Duinen, Gino Coutinho and Roland Alberg. There will be a new vote for this season’s player of the year.
Ed’s latest project and one which is close to his heart is the production of a new book. Ed alongside a few other important contributors are putting together a history of the football club’s old home stadium. The infamous Zuiderpark stadium. The book will be full of information, anecdotes from many people, photos, everything to do with its colourful 88 year history. The book is almost ready for publication and is sure to be a hit with the fans who still miss their old home. The book is due to be released sometime this summer.
Thank you Ed for your time and doing the interview with me and supplying me with a beer.
In the coming weeks I hope to add more info about the other supporters websites that have huge followings amongst fans.
This website’s videographer off the Midden Noord has again produced a great film showing the atmosphere inside the Kyocera stadium at the ADO Den Haag v FC Utrecht game.
Pijnacker01 captured the great moment when the famous Pizza keeper responded to ADO fans during the warm up. Really funny, fair play to him he deals with it in the right way and the supporters really appreciate that. He probably gets the best welcome of any visiting player to the stadium.
The match report and photos from ADO’s 2-0 win over FC Utrecht are now online.
To view, please click HERE.
Huge commiserations to the ADO ladies team. Tonight they lost at FC Twente on penalties in the KNVB Beker (Cup) semi-final.
At half time they were losing 1-0. Within twelve minutes of the second half, Lineth Beerensteyn scored twice in the fifty fifth and fifty seventh minutes. The home side then got it back to 2-2, equalizing from the penalty spot. That was the score at full time.
Then it was straight to penalties, no extra time to be played. The home side won the battle of nerves, winning the shoot out 4-3.
So the final on May 13th in the Kyocera stadium will be contested between Ajax and FC Twente.
As you know, some time ago a collection was arranged for supr Royd Leeman who lost his fight ahainst cancer. Friends of Royd held a collection at the ADO stadium and there was also an account opened so people could also donate.
The total amount collected is €1,942.60. This amount is entirely intended for the tombstone of Royd. The photo has been added showing how much was on the bill and that the full amount has been transferred to Memare memorials.
Hopefully you will share this message as much as possible so that everyone who contributed to this fantastic amount can also see what happened to their donations.
On behalf of the family and friends of Royd, a huge thank you
Tonight ADO ladies travel away to take on FC Twente in the KNVB Beker (Cup) semi-final.The incentive is a place in the final against Telstar or Ajax.
The final is to be played in ADO’s very own Kyocera stadium on Wednesday 13th May. Let’s all wish them success tonight as they aim for a third victory in the competition.
ADO Den Haag play at home to FC Utrecht on Sunday with a kick-off at 16:45. Normally the fan shop and ticket office is open two hours prior to kick-off. However, this Sunday, both will be open from 13:45, giving you plenty of time to get your match tickets and match colours.
Please remember, tickets for this game are only available to season ticket and club card holders.