When their new Galgenwaard stadium opened it's turnstiles for the first time back in 1982 many thought the club would lose a bit of the edge that it had always had during it's time at the old stadium.But if anything they gained even more of an edge, and despite having a moat built into it to stop the pitch invasions it was even more atmospheric, and despite the moat it still felt like the fans were right on top of you, and that they might manage to navigate their way onto the pitch at any point.Before FC Groningen moved to their new Euroborg Stadium at the start of 2006, their home was the legendary Oosterpark Stadion, sited in a rough neighbourhood in the north east of the city.The Oosterpark was a tidy British-style ground, with the stands really close to the pitch, that could hold just over 20,000 in the mid 80's before it was gradually transformed into an all-seater.Het Legioen (the Legion) are a rowdy bunch, and are renowned for their vocal backing and loyalty, and standing in 'the Tub' as 50,000 of them belt out their anthem, "Hand in Hand", is a wondrous thing.Their main rivals are obviously Ajax, and when their players step onto the pitch they know they're going to be given the bird for the full 90 minutes.
Ajax in particular, found this a tricky game, and it's a testament to the Galgenwaard and its fanatical support, that many Ajax fans still consider Utrecht as more of a rival than PSV.
But even against the lesser teams of the Eredivisie the Feyenoord fans like to make it uncomfortable experience for the opposition, and being sat next to them in the away end can make for a long 90 minutes.
However, over the years Feyenoord's hooligan element, Vak S, has also gained a notorious reputation, and their clashes with Ajax in particular have started to resemble something more akin to a war, than a football match.
Either way, the old Galgenwaard was a rum old place, and if it wasn't for the cycle track around it, it could have been transported directly from the east end of London.
And similar to the sort of stories coming out of grounds like the old Den and the Boleyn Ground, the Galgenwaard could tell tales of pitch invasions, players being accosted, and regular battles on the terraces (even between home fans) dating right back to the 'pleasant' 1950's, when it was home to 2 other Utrecht clubs, Hercules and DOS.