Ground: Wilhelm-Langrehr-Stadion (TSV-Kampfbahn)
Date: 6th October 2013
Match: TSV Havelse - Neumünster 1-1 (Regionalliga Nord)
For Sunday I had two options. Find a match with an early kick-off time, meaning I could fly home in the evening, or fly home early in the morning. TSV Havelse are based in Garbsen, a suburb to Hannover, and their match against Vfr Neumünster in Regionalliga Nord had a 14.00 kick-off time on Sunday afternoon. Even though I realized this wasn´t going to be the biggest of matches it made my decision easy. My flight back to Copenhagen was at 19.05 and travelling with hand luggage only I would have plenty of time to make my flight. After all the travelling the previous day I slept late on Sunday. I enjoyed another magnificent breakfast ( I heard a German lady call it Wirklich klasse) before yet again making my way to HDI-Arena for some exterior pictures. On my way I passed a park with a pond in front of an impressive building, the new Rathaus apparently. In the dark on Friday evening I didn´t notice any of this. Anyway, after walking round the ground I returned to the city centre of Hannover, now buzzing with people enjoying their free Sunday.
From Kröpcke station in central Hannover I then boarded tram #4 taking me all the way to Garbsen. The journey took approximately 25 minutes and the stop closest to the ground is Auf der Horst/Skorpiongasse. From there the ground was a 10-12 minute walk. The surrounding area seemed quite nice and the ground was tucked away close to several houses, The ground, Wilhelm-Langrehr-Stadion, is quite basic with three small stands. The main stand only has around 400 seats and the end to the west has no stand at all. I decided to stand in the covered North Stand. This stand is the biggest stand at Wilhelm-Langrehr-Stadion and also the one closest to the tram stop. Neumünster brought around 15 fans to this match and they did their best to support their team. In total only 300 people turned up for this Regionalliga match and it felt more like going to football in Sweden than Germany. The first half of the match saw one of the most stupid red cards I have seen. A Havelse player kicked an opponent right in front of the referee and was given a straight red card. The ball was not close to the incident and home fans shook their heads. Neumünster made the best of their numerical advantage and made it 1-0 before the break. In the second half Havelse did their best to score a goal but with no success. A Neumünster player was then sent off meaning 10 vs 10 on the pitch.With five minutes to go Havelse equalised and the match finished 1-1. Not the best of matches but two red cards (and the two goals) meant an interesting enough match for me. The journey back to Hannover city centre and then on to the airport went smoothly and even though my flight was almost an hour delayed I could look back on yet another great weekend in Germany.
Wilhelm-Langrehr-Stadion, rear of the North Stand
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