Nov 08 2010

ADO fans force motorway closure

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Yesterday afternoon in Den Haag there were unbelievable scenes as hundreds of ADO Den Haag fans turned up at the stadium to welcome the players home from their trip to Ajax.  No away supporters are allowed to travel to this fixture, so ADO fans were left watching at home, in their local pub or in the supporters club at the stadium.  Pre-match odds of 15.00 on an ADO victory were extremely generous and bookmakers may well be regretting that decision after this result. We didn’t exactly see an ADO victory coming, but it is not completely surprising given the recent form of both sides.   I think odds of 15 on a team like Willem II would be fair, but ADO are a team to be reckoned with this season, a statement backed up by their current 7th place in the league with a haul of 21 points in from 13 games. 

 The 1-0 victory to the green + yellows was the first away against Ajax since 1986 and led to celebrations more reminiscent of winning the Dutch Championship.  A potentially dangerous situation with fans on the motorway was very well handled by the police who closed the A4 for around an hour as ADO supporters carrying huge flags mobbed the bus on it’s arrival back in town.   Others (myself included) watched from the motorway bridge and several hundred supporters took over 1 hour to escort the bus the 1km back to the stadium.  This must have caused huge disruption on one of Holland’s busiest motorways, but little did we care!  Apparently Ajax coach Martin Jol was also delayed on his way back to The Hague after the match – happy days! 

In the meantime, hundreds more supporters had arrived outside the stadium and coach John van den Brom and the players were literally mobbed when getting off the bus.  Each player was led into the supporters club and the atmosphere inside was absolutely manic. Players took turns to stand on the bar to lead the singing and you were left wondering what ADO could possibly achieve with such a bond between players and fans.  The club is working hard to improve it’s image but there is still a real passion amongst the fans.  The song ” Wij gaan Europa in” is gaining credibility with each positive result and what a dream it would be for Den Haag to return to European football after years in the wilderness. 

On a Slovak note, Frantisek Kubik, still on loan from Trencin remains a key feature of the ADO starting line-up.  He seems to alternate attacking flanks with yesterday’s hero Wesley Verheok, and although his form in the last couple of matches has dropped, van den Brom is using him as a key part of his tactics and he does pose a constant threat to defenses.  If only he didn’t give the ball away so often!  The passing move leading to Verhoek’s goal was started on the right by Kubik, masterminded by Ricky van den Bergh and beautifully finished by Verhoek.  Kubik has a long way to develop but as long as he keeps offering me beer in the clubhouse he’ll remain a firm Britski Belasi favourite!

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