Date: 1st August 2010
Match: Ljungby - IFK Hässleholm 0-1 (Division 2 Östra Götaland)
Lagavallen is named after the river Lagan that runs through the town of Ljungby. As some of you might remember I visited another ground last year, Finnvedsvallen in Värnamo, which is also close to the same river. Lagavallen has a main stand on the south side of the ground with a capacity of around 600. On the north side there is a small uncovered terrace and both ends of the ground are open. There are plans to move the main stand closer to the pitch but then the track and field club must find a new home and in the current financial climate there are no money for this. In 1999 Ljungby played neighbours Öster in a Superettan play-off game. A record attendance of 3 725 turned up that day. For games in Division 2 crowds are a bit smaller but 235 is still a decent attendance for this level. In the first half of today´s game the home crowd could witness the home team creating chance after chance and it is incredible Ljungby failed to score. With two minutes to go of the half the visitors from Hässleholm counter-attacked and somehow went 1-0 up. After two half-time substitutions from Hässleholm they looked much better though in the second half and managed to hold on for a very important away win. I don´t have that many grounds left to visit in the top three divisions in Sweden and there will certainly be plenty more Division 2 grounds visited by me in the future.
A closer look at the North Stand
Banner says "#9 LIF´s Gerrard"
View of play
A closer look at the main stand