THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

The luxurious world of top-quality dugouts

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05 Dec 2012 10:56 #738528 by WSC Daily
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05 Dec 2012 12:38 #738529 by markrpoole

...with the opportunity to buy your own customised Winnebago at the club superstore.

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05 Dec 2012 15:50 #738617 by Coral

Arsenal have their padded seats in the ground which is a long way from the hard wooden seats of Fulham. When all clubs get similar Arsenal style seats, I predict the end of football as we know it. The dug outs is just the warning.

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06 Dec 2012 06:00 - 06 Dec 2012 06:02 #738785 by willie1foot

Shinji Ono luxuriates on the plastic chairs that are used to construct the bench at all A-League games.... rain hail or shine.......

Last Edit: 06 Dec 2012 06:02 by willie1foot.
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06 Dec 2012 09:38 #738813 by GerryForrest

I'm not familiar with this fellow, but having just Google-ed him is this the bench at Western Sydney Wanderers? If so, it's impressively low key for this day in age. Shinji conjures up the image of a wallflower just arriving at a busy barbeque.

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06 Dec 2012 14:05 #738881 by Arthur Nibble

Mark, surely this is a WSC magazine article in the making. Belstone of the Hertfordshire Senior League have quaint white dugouts which look like mini-conservatories.

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06 Dec 2012 14:42 #738895 by biziclop

"...but it turned out it was just the way the dugouts looked; cut in beneath the ground."

Hence the name "dugout".

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07 Dec 2012 11:47 #739168 by tracteurgarçon

I've never really understood the concept of the dugout, I realise that it means the coach or manager is close to the action and can communicate with the players but the view must be the worst in the stadium, I never understood how on earth they were supposed to see what was going on.

Still, when we had proper dugouts there was always the bonus of seeing managers accidentally smack their heads when celebrating a goal or getting irate.

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07 Dec 2012 12:30 #739178 by theboyholty

I've a vague recollection of Coventry's old Highfield Road ground having a dugout / subs' bench that resembled an air raid shelter with a sort of look-out lid on top where the manager could peer through a gap in the roof at activities on the pitch. I've Googled it and can't find any images though. Perhaps I'm imagining it.

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07 Dec 2012 14:27 #739208 by markrpoole

Remember when Ron Atkinson sat in the wrong dug-out? That was funny.

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07 Dec 2012 14:41 #739209 by ursus arctos

We discussed this worthy volume on here when it came out.

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07 Dec 2012 19:25 #739333 by Reed John

I recall that I went to see DC United v Columbus in 1997 or 98 and they didn't have those plexyglass canopy thingies. It pissed down rain really hard for about 30 minutes and the subs and coaches just had to sit there getting dumped on looking miserable. They got some of those later, but not for a few years, as I recall.

I have noticed that Arsene Wegner's throne looks like a seat taken out of a Bentley or somesuch.

I think there probably something to be said for nice dugouts. If a player or coach isn't thinking about how much their back or ass hurts or how wet and coled they are, they're better able to focus.

In baseball and hockey, the dugouts/benches are often built such that personel can directly access the clubhouse from the bench (although that's not true in all minor league stadiums). I'd think that would make sense in soccer. It certainly would make it easier for the trainers.

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10 Dec 2012 05:50 #740020 by willie1foot

Reed John wrote:

I recall that I went to see DC United v Columbus in 1997 or 98 and they didn't have those plexyglass canopy thingies. It pissed down rain really hard for about 30 minutes and the subs and coaches just had to sit there getting dumped on looking miserable. They got some of those later, but not for a few years, as I recall.

Perhaps that's why the A-League has gone down the 'plastic chair' road. MLS is what they aspire to in many ways. I still don't understand why coaches and subs need to be out in all weather; Australia gets some very heavy downpours during Summer (when the A-league is played).

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