Scottish Hop

GroundhopUK

Chris Berezai – 45 Walton Street – Long Eaton – Derbyshire – NG10 1PB

0775 – 1604755

The Scottish Groundhop

1 – 3 October 2021

Now, as I was saying in March 2020 before I was so rudely interrupted….!!

Our planned hop 18 months ago was postponed due to the pandemic, but now we have it rescheduled, and we can’t wait! We will feature four matches from the East of Scotland League, and two from the Lowland League. The Friday and Sunday games have swapped places since last March, meaning we begin on Friday evening with a visit to newly-promoted  Bo’ness United as they meet Civil Service Strollersto start the proceedings at 7.45pm. Our Saturday is spent in the South side of Edinburgh, and we start at Dalkeith Thistle (11.15am) as they host Tweedmouth Rangers, before we enjoy a Lowland League fixture at Bonnyrigg Rose that sees Dalbeattie Star provide the opposition at 2pm. From here, it’s onto Easthouses Lily for a 5pm kick off against Glenrothes, and finally to Newtongrange Star at 7.45pm in a clash with Tranent Juniors. On Sunday it’s Broxburn Athletic in the spotlight as they host Dundonald Bluebell at 12.15pm before we head back South. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Thistle, Rose, Lily and Bluebell….Flower of Scotland indeed!!   

Six fantastic matches in our favoured format for the weekend, and whilst we hope there’s no issues, we always add the proviso that games are subject to amendment or cancellation, whether for Covid or other reasons!

Transport

As with all the previous Hops, there will be coach transport with several easy pick up points. The coach leaves London Hillingdon Station and then heads up the M40. There is a pick up point at Beaconsfield Services before heading up to Birmingham International Station. From here, we journey around the M42 and M6 Toll road to Norton Canes and on to Holmes Chapel Station, with further pick ups at Knutsford and Forton Services. We are open to suggestions of anywhere convenient on the way. This is a great way of doing this Hop – transport in comfort and style, and going exactly where we need to go, and all the way back. It’s also being offered at a very reasonable price! We hope people will support this venture, and remember that includes all three days, and transport to and from London. Please note that transport is always subject to factors outside our control (such as traffic, late finishes etc.) and although we believe there should be no problems, nothing is ever 100% guaranteed and bookings should be made with this in mind. Bookings will not be accepted for coach transport without a Hop ticket, and for this Hop it’s only being offered as part of a package.  

 

Accommodation

Cost and value for money is a big factor, but this time we’re up against hotels taking advantage of the UK’s “staycation” situation. That made our usual hotel a non-runner so we’re trying somewhere different that can get closer to our original cost and is far more convenient to the Hop locations. We’ve struck a deal to include full Scottish breakfast on both days. For this hop, we can only offer accommodation as part of a package. Having said that – it’s still great value! 

Programmes and badges

 

As usual, all clubs will be made aware of the number of programmes that will be needed on the day. The number will be based on the bookings we receive, so reserve your copies by booking tickets! Packs will be made up in advance for the weekend, and remember that programmes are included in the price of the ticket. Badges can also be ordered in advance, a set of six badges can be collected with your advance programme pack. We do like to make your lives as simple as possible!

Trading

Several traders will be at the hop, and we already know Terry’s Badges will be there! I hope to see all the unofficial trading of a Hop that is both welcomed and encouraged! Just one proviso – you must have an advance ticket for the Hop to trade.

Match Tickets

Tickets are available in advance, and these of course guarantee you a programme at each game. You can also buy tickets for individual games, so please support the Hop by buying in advance! It helps the clubs greatly with planning for advance numbers.

Booking and Payment

You may book by completing the attached Booking form; payment can be by

Bank Transfer

The account number: 10990913
The Sort Code: 16 – 24 – 21
The name: GroundhopUK Ltd

By PayPal: You can pay for the weekend by debit or credit card! Easy if you have a Paypal account, and a great way to spread the cost. Simply use the email groundhopuk@gmail.com and pay through this account. VERY IMPORTANT – Please remember the “Pay a Friend” option which removes any booking fees otherwise you need to pay the fees charged by PayPal – and that can be pricey. That can be about £13 for a full weekend so make sure you choose the “Pay a Friend” option! Any other combination, including any “add ons” such as badge packs, please contact me for a price before booking. Remember there is a £5 admin fee for each booking, BUT this is waived if you pay by Bank Transfer or PayPal.

For both bank transfers and PayPal, please add the reference of your name and “Scotland”. If you are using this payment method, complete the booking form electronically and email it back to me in the same Word format at  groundhopuk@gmail.com   Easy! See you in March!

By cheque or Postal Order: made payable to “GroundhopUK”. Then simply return this form to: Chris Berezai, 45 Walton Street, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 1PB

LAST DATE FOR BOOKINGS : 26 September 2021

Chris Berezai

GroundhopUK  with the East of Scotland Football League and the Scottish Lowland League

Form and information is Copyright 2014 GroundhopUK Ltd

2021 Scottish Groundhop Booking Form

Name: ……………….……………………………………………….Mobile: ……………………….

Address (inc Postcode):..………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………..…………….E-mail:…………….…………

Also coming along (please give each person’s mobile and/or email):

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Full weekend                                                           

Single room                                                                Number         @ £289*                      £…………

Twin room                                                                   Number         @ £243*                      £…………

Includes 3 days coach travel, including transport from and back to London (or stops between!), 2 nights B&B accommodation, admissions and match programmes for all six games. 

*Strictly subject to availability – cost of hotel room is subject to change, please check before booking

Please state preferred coach pick up point (if we can do it, we will): …………………………

Individual options

Match tickets (all include match programmes)

Full weekend ticket (all six games)                        Number         @ £54                          £………..

Single game tickets                                                  Number         @ £9                            £…………..

For which games:  ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Coach Travel     

All weekend coach transport                                   ONLY OFFERED AS PACKAGE

Scotland only**                                                         SOLD OUT

 **Valid from Boness on Friday to Broxburn on Sunday

Accommodation

Fri / Sat – Single (B&B)                                           ONLY OFFERED AS PACKAGE

Fri / Sat – Twin / Double (B&B)                               ONLY OFFERED AS PACKAGE

*Strictly subject to availability – cost of hotel room is subject to change, please check before booking

Programme packs only @ £18                                                                                             £………         

(For programme collectors and those NOT attending the Hop. Includes P&P, despatched week after hop)

Pre-booked set of badges @ £19                                                                                        £………

(For collection with the advance programme packs; if to be posted without a programme pack please add further £2 P&P)

Admin fee                                                                                                                               £5

(Do not add this if you are paying by Bank Transfer or PayPal without fees)                            

I’m paying by (delete as applicable):

Bank Transfer            PayPal                     Cheque or Postal Order                TOTAL: £                     

LAST DATE FOR BOOKINGS : 26 September 2021