Confessions of an ‘ADO Virgin’.

To those of you who also view my Facebook page, you may be aware I got a message from an English guy who had read this website and decided to take the plunge and visit our beloved club. I met him pre match at the supporters home.

Today he sent me the following email with his thoughts on the day. Looks like we have gained a new supporter to the green and yellow army. I have not changed his text, this is all his own words.

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Not having been to football for a while, I decided it was time to reacquaint myself with the ‘beautiful game’, and as a resident of The Hague, a visit to ADO Den Haag was the obvious choice.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that ticket prices at the Cars Jeans stadium were very reasonable indeed. I paid just 21 euro – a very favourable price if you’re used to going to matches in England!

I’ve been living in The Hague for nearly 5 years now, and it’s fair to say that I’d heard a few negative comments regarding ADO and their fanbase. I live in a neighbourhood close to Zuiderpark – where ADO played until 2007, and a lot of the residents around here still recall some of the events from during the ‘bad old days’. Of course, football clubs all over Europe struggled with the scourge of hooliganism, and ADO was no exception. Therefore, I went online to find out what the current situation is.

That’s when I came across Neal’s fantastic ‘ADO for Expats’ website and Facebook page. Browsing the website, I found the page ‘Is it safe to go to ADO Den Haag?’ To view that, click HERE. Reading this piece really put my mind at ease, as it made it clear that the club have made a huge effort in recent years to make sure that ADO matches are not only safe, but offer a fun, family atmosphere for fans.

Finding a page specifically for expats already made me feel very welcome even before I had set foot in the stadium, and I used the message function on Facebook to ask a couple of questions, including the all important ‘where’s the best place to get a beer before the match?’.

Just a few minutes later, Neal replied, and explained that the only real place to go in the area was the ‘Fan’s Home’ at the Cars Jeans itself. Not only that, but he offered to meet up and join me there before the match in case I had any reservations about entering alone. Naturally, I jumped at the chance!

Come match day, I was ready for my first ADO experience and made my way from Station Ypenburg to the ground, just a ten minute walk. I waited for Neal near the fan shop as arranged, and immediately noticed how many women and kids were around – always a good indicator of the kind of atmosphere to expect at a football ground – as well as how laid back the policing was. Two officers were standing nearby and I saw several fans approach them to shake hands and exchange some friendly words. Presently, Neal arrived and we went to get a drink in the Fan Home, full of friendly locals and expats.

By this time, a pattern was definitely developing. The atmosphere was relaxed and totally non-threatening, and this continued after I went through security and entered the stadium. The match was very enjoyable, and even though ADO lost, the crowd remained jovial both throughout and afterwards.

I’m very much looking forward to my next visit to ADO – this Sunday against Feyenoord!

All in all, if you’re in two minds as to whether or not you should visit ADO Den Haag, I would say ‘go for it’ and don’t hesitate to contact Neal at ADO for Expats – a very friendly guy who is doing a great job of promoting the club to the expat community.

Tyronne Ebuehi selected for Nigerian team

Tyronne Ebuehi joins Nigeria for upcoming internationals. The defender has been called up for two matches in the coming month.

On November 10, Nigeria is playing the World Cup qualifier against Algeria. On November 14, the Super Eagles play a friendly with Argentina in the Russian city of Krasnodar.

Nigeria has already qualified for the finals in Russia next year.

Mats van Kins signs first contract at ADO

Mats van Kins has signed his first professional contract for ADO Den Haag on Friday. The 18-year-old talented midfielder signed a commitment for three seasons with an option for another year.

Photo courtesy of ADO Den Haag

Van Kins came came to ADO from RCL of Leiden this summer. In preparation for the new season, the Leiden born player was allowed to train regularly with the first team. He also participated at the training camp in Zeeland. Trainer Fons Groenendijk often attended Van Kins in practice matches. The midfielder made the right impression with four goals. This weekend, Van Kins is officially ready for selection in the first team for the game with PEC Zwolle.

ADO games this weekend

ADO Den Haag will be playing away at PEC Zwolle, a team that is punching above it weight and currently in fourth place in the Eredivisie.

ADO who won away again last week with a 0-2 win at Zwolle will be keen to extend their recent good run of away points. ADO again, will be without Tommie Beugelsdijk. Head coach Fons Groenendijk has developed a strong side and with god tactical play. THe game should be tight affair.

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ADO ladies with take on PSV Eindhoven in their own Cars Jeans stadium. ADO’s very young talented team will be looking to keep pressure on the leading teams.

Please note! This game was originally to be played on Friday 27th, but has now been moved to the following Sunday.

New Cars Jeans clothing in the fan shop

From now the club’s main sponsor Cars Jeans, sells their trousers and winter jackets in the ADO Den Haag Fan shop! So, like the players, do you want to walk in good rugged jeans or winter jacket from Cars Jeans? Then come quickly to the Fan shop in the stadium!

The jeans are already for sale from € 29.99.

A Cars Jeans winter coat is already available for € 89.99.

Please note that the jeans and winter coats are only sold at the Fanshop at the Cars Jeans Stadium, so not via the online shop!

ADO for Expats will be offline until Wednesday

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this will, this website not be updated from Friday morning, 20th October until 24th Wednesday am.

This site wishes the club some great results and good matches as you collect three points on your trips from the next three away games, that sadly I can’t get to those games.

COME ON THE HAGUE!!

ADO away on Saturday

After a disappointing week for ADO Den Haag, the disappointing loss to Excelsior own and then shock news that the KNVB had after all, decided to ban central defender Tommie Beugelsdijk for four matches. ADO need to pull themselves together as they take the long journey to face VVV Venlo. Managed by popular former ADO manager Maurice Steijn.