12-15 June 2009
Harwell Laboratories Recreational Association (HLRA)
(a.k.a. JET FC)
Jon Wright - injured, team coach and master tactician
Lionel Poncet - tour virgin
Robert Broughton - tour virgin
Guest appearance by Tony Betteridge the HRLA Administrator.
Did anyone see Dave Butler? Missed the tour again.
The Culham football team registered early on but did not make it to Berlin. Their team leader was busy in Geneva.
Evening meals were at the Palais am Funkturm built in 1956/57, and was one of the best-looking and most modern venues hosting events and guests in Germany. Featuring an unusual room layout and the charm of the Fifties, this listed building, the "Palais am Funkturm", is a unique venue for balls, banquets and receptions, congress events and lectures.
The nearby radio tower was built between 1924 and 1926.
Most sports were played at the Sportforum Hohenschnhausen
This complex includes the Dynamo-Station im Sportforum the home of Berliner FC Dynamo.
Built in 1970, it has a capacity of 10,000 spectators (~2,000 seats). The stadium was renovated in 2005-06 to include fences and player tunnels required to meet security standards. The fall of the Berlin wall has left the stadium in the wrong part of the city and in need of renovation. Appsy had some wild fantasy about Aston Villa once playing on this very pitch.
The Football Results
The actual scores are a bit vague because no one remembers exactly.
We failed to score any goals!
Dave Cookson and Nigel King scored two each. Chris Hoy scored a penalty.
P>JET FC finished 11th out of 13.
Fair Play Award
JET finally won something after 21 attempts! To the amazement of everyone, Bobby Brooks stepped on the stage and received the Fair Play Award for the Atomiade. There were 34 institutes assembled, some with a far larger and better behaved contingent than our 14 footballers, but we took the trophy.
The JET Player of the Tour
Could only be Lionel.
Post Tour Quotes
Jon Wright: Sorry - I can't remember. I think I binned all the files, tactics and match reports on the clip board, as they weren't too successful!
Dave Cookson: Me and Nige both got 2 goals and Hoy got 1 as he demanded to take a penalty.
Tom Turner: 2nd day, mostly I remember being exhausted. Our last game of the day
was a high scoring one, 3-3 or 4-3 I think, and I remember not being bothered
to run back and trying to defend.
Geoff Broughton: Did we really drink 120 euros of beer?
Helge-Rolf Kiesewetter (Kiesewetter): When I heard at our meeting on Sunday afternoon about the difficulties of the Atomiade expenses and the huge missing sum of 15.000 euros which was caused by bus transfers only, I couldn't sleep very peacefully.
Contact me Geoff.Broughton@hotmail.co.uk