Legia fans at ADO v FC Twente

What an amazing night in the Kyocera stadium on Friday night. As you may know, the fans of the Hague have a huge, solid friendship with the fans of Polish side Legia Warsaw. At every game in The Hague or in Warsaw you will see and hear fans visiting each others grounds.

Legia had been playing in Amsterdam on Thursday night in the Europa league and an estimated 700 of them stayed over to come and visit the ADO v FC Twente game.

I made my way to the game on tram 3, all was quiet until it reached centraal station. There around 30 Legia fans got into my carriage, along with another 40 or so on the rest of it. As it pulled out of the station the singing and banging started, the tram was rocking. A few of the locals looked worried, but soon everybody was laughing as the songs kept coming. A great friendly bunch, when an old lady got on the tram, they cleared a path for her to get a seat on the crammed tram.

The tram pulled into Forepark station and everybody piled off. The walk to the stadium was fun. Singing, flares and the odd firework being used.

Inside the stadium the majority of the Legia fans were gathered in block H, just behind the goal. Could you tell they were in there? Oh yes! The noise they made gave you goosebumps. So loud, so much jumping and scarf waving. The fans on the Midden Noord chanted to them and they responded, the sound echoing around the stadium.

Despite the cold weather, at one point they chose to go topless, the whole stadium clapped and cheered them as the Polish fans partied away. They had most of the Kyocera joining in with them, not just the fan areas of the Midden Noord and block G.

Many fans were exchanging souvenirs and posing for selfies. Many calling for photographers at the pitch side to photograph them. It was a true party atmosphere. Towards the end of the game the ADO fans chanted “Legia bedankt” (Thank you Legia) what was also fun, the Dutch guys had tought the Poles some rather interesting chants about the opposition, great fun.

It would be amazing to get the clubs to play a friendly against each other pre-season. It would mean a sell out stadium and one hell of a great party. ADO already played in Warsaw in 2010, so 100% about time they came to the Hague. It would be memorable.

I wish the fans a safe journey home, you made the night memorable. I look forward to visiting Legia once again soon. ADO & Legia…. FRIENDS FOREVER!!!

ADO ladies get big win away

ADO ladies totally blew away Achilles ’29 on Friday night, continuing their great run of form. ADO were 0-4 up by the twenty third minute as the hosts simply had no response to ADO’s play. It was a strong first half display that Achilles could not live with.

ADO managed one more goal in the second half on the hour mark. It was all too easy for ADO’s ladies. They have now lost a league game since the 2-1 defeat at Heerenveen on November 11th.

Scorers: 5. Victoria Pelova 0-1, 13. Nance van der Meer 0-2, 21. Victoria Pelova 0-3, 23. Lindsey Keizerweerd 0-4, 60. Mijke Roelfsema 0-5

ADO team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil; Yvette van der Veen, Hélène Heemskerk © (77. Sabine Kuilenburg), Mijke Roelfsema, Sharona Tieleman; Nadine Noordam, Michelle Vrieling, Victoria Pelova; Nance van der Meer (62. Jessie van Leeuwen), Marthe van Erk (69. Vesna Veltrop), Lindsey Keizerweerd

ADO games this Friday

This coming Friday night, both ADO men and women are in action.

The men are at home taking on FC Twente in the Kyocera stadium. After a defeat, but very good performance against Feyenoord last weekend, signs are good for a better result this time around.

The return of Aaron Meijers made a huge difference and many fans would also like to see Robert Zwinkels start in goal, as the defence looked more confident with him behind them. If ADO can repeat their fight and passion of last week, it is very possible they can get their points of 2017.

A club card is not needed for this game. Just turn up on the night with your photo ID and support your local team.

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ADO ladies travel away to Achilles ’29. ADO have been really well this year, lots of goals, plenty of free, fast flowing football. Achilles have been struggling, so all in all another three points in the bag are expected.

ADO fans get to say goodbye to the GREAT DANE!

Before the ADO Den Haag v Feyenoord game on Sunday, former goalkeeper and cult hero Martin Hansen was welcomed on to the pitch with boisterous cheers and applause.

The Danish keeper was and is still loved by all the fans at ADO. His fight and heart is what the fans adore. Not only that… his now famous back heeled goal against PSV got him and the club worldwide press coverage. His interaction with fans made him a star. After a heavy defeat at Vitesse Arnhem, he climbed over the boards and over to the very angry away support, offering his apologies face to face. From that moment on he was in the hearts of the fans.

I got to spend time talking to him for an interview, and he is what he seems.. a great guy who is a lot of fun. You can see that interview HERE.

I wish him all the very best in his future life and career.

P4-only available car park today

The car parking areas P1, P2 and P3 are completely sold out for today’s game against Feyenoord. Therefore parking is only possible at P4. Cost for parking here is €10. The parking can be paid for (cash only!) when entering the car park. Please note that three hours after the game P4 will be closed!