New addition to ADO supervisory board

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of NV ADO Den Haag on Tuesday 14th April,  a new member was appointed to the clubs supervisory board. Ton Rutgrink will join the previously appointed members Wang Hui, Liu Jian Hong and Jan Willem Wigt.
Ton Rutgrink is 68 years and is best known for his many years at BDO Accountants. On January 1st 1986 he became a partner in this organization. In 1996 Rutgrink joined the Board of Directors of BDO Netherlands; with effect from 1 January 1997, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. In this latter role, he was the driving force behind the development of the organization, both strategically and operationally. In early 2000 a merger was realized under his leadership so that the organization had a size of approximately 2,000 employees. As of early 1997 Rutgrink was also a member of the Policy Board of BDO International.
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From 2001 to 2003 he acted as Chairman of the Policy Board.Since January 1st, 2007 Rutgrink fulfills the role of President of the College Remediation Care Institutions (CSZ). In order to maintain direct contact with the private sector. Rutgrink has since January 1st, 2009 as well as managing director of British Land Company Plc. And from 18 March this year, he is also managing director of four Dutch companies owned by Insight Investment. A very experienced manager who will use his business acumen from now as Commissioner at NV ADO Den Haag.
The Supervisory Board received another reinforcement on Tuesday, Dolf Segaar comes as support as secretary and legal counsel. Segaar in daily life is CEO of CMS Derks Star Busmann. His background in sports is very large. For example, he was until last month chairman of the Dutch Anti-Doping Authority and its business, CMS Derks Star Busmann (were) involved in the World Cup Hockey in 2014 and the start of the Tour de France in Utrecht this year.
At the AGM the position of Managing Director was also discussed. The desire was to choose a candidate during the meeting, but the recruitment process still appears to have fallen short. The club have spoken with a number of candidates, but to keep due diligence it was decided to extend the search to be sure to arrive at the best choice. Jan Willem Wigt, temporarily in charge of the daily management of the club has agreed to stay on until June 30th, 2015 so that the selection of the targeted candidates can go ahead peacefully.

ADO fixtures coming up this week

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.

Another great atmosphere from ADO v Utrecht

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.

The North Side & Ed’s FCDH museum

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.”

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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.

A view from the Midden Noord ADO v FCU

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.

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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.

ADO ladies beaten on penalties

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.

The Royd Leeman memorial fund, thank you all

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

Early opening for Ticket office and fanshop this Sunday

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.