Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Win a Football Ground Makeover; FORCE GROUND

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Win a Football Ground Makeover; FORCE GROUND

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AT THE heart of every community is a football ground. Whether it's a stadium or a park, this is where the magic happens.

Where Saturday and Sunday 1the dads that step into referee; are all drawn together to share the experiences of the game.

Just take a stroll or a leisurely drive around any town at the weekend and you'll see football teams playing at municipal football grounds, on school fields, on parks, on village greens.

Friends and family line the sidelines cheering on the players in all weathers.

Now Capital One, the Credit Card that Supports the Supporters and Proud Sponsor of the Capital One Cup - together with The Chronicle - want to hear your stories about the football grounds in your community. We want to uncover the idiosyncrasies, the affection, the memories and the funny stories about the community football grounds you have visited either as a player, a referee, a supporter or a spectator.

You may have changing rooms in desperate need of a makeover; broken goal posts or potholes in the pitch.

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Do you share your 90 minutes with animals from the farm next door? Do you play in a mud bath then freeze in the showers? Are your supporters desperate for shelter? Is your pitch more of a soggy patch crying out for repairs? If so, then Capital One, the Credit Card that Supports the Supporters, is giving your local ground, the chance to win a makeover.

The top prize is worth up to PS75,000: enough to transform even the most dilapidated wreck.

Not only that, there are a further ten runner-up prizes of PS5,000 - and remember, you don't have to be affiliated to any club.

If there's a local ground you've seen near you that could do with some tender loving care, send us a photo and tell us why it needs help. Enter now at: Facebook.com/ CapitalOneUK Send us your stories PLAYERS, supporters, wives or girlfriends will all have a tale to tell about weird and wonderful pitches, send them to ec. sport@necjmedia.co.uk - just like this from North Shieldsbased Formica FC IT seems somewhat appropriate to be writing this as the clocks go back.

Or is it forward? Don't ask Andy Bowman.

A few Octobers ago, one Sunday morning after the BST-to-GMT switch the night before, he forgot and, that's right. …

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