After Volume 1’s rather long trip to Changwon for the K-League One opening weekend, it was time for a jaunt a tad closer to home with Bucheon Stadium the venue and Jipyeong Makgeolli (지평 막걸리) the drink of choice. The game in question was the visit of Suwon FC and it’s fair to say this was far from a happy stomping ground for the boys from the fortress town last season losing both on both visits with a 4-1 humping back in June still fresh in the memory!A trip to Bucheon is always one of the first trips to plan on the K2 calendar as much down to it’s outside entertainment as that within the stadium. For this game I arrived an hour early and purchased the necessary tickets and refreshments and after meeting ‘The Chief’ we made our way around the stadium and into the away end where we were met by The Real Crew and given our flag waving duties.
The game gave both teams the opportunity to showcase their new transfers with several members of the Suwon team in particular being new even to the most hardcore of Ultra. The first half was a relatively even affair and as it finished 0-0 on the whistle most of the visiting fans were hoping that they wouldn’t be ruing a 25th minute sitter from new striker Henri Arnier, when in truth to be told scoring looked easier than missing.The Estonian front-man is the second striker in Korea to have previously plied his trade in Scotland, Adam Taggart of Suwon Bluewings the other.
If the first half was even then the 2nd half,unfortunately for the Suwon fans, was anything but as Bucheon came out the blocks firing on the front foot. It took all of five 2nd half minutes for them to take the lead as Kim Ryun-do finished off an attack and gave they small, but vocal, home support the goal the were craving. Suwon struggled to get themselves back into the game and the longer the game went on the less likely they looked to create something. It had a “2018 season” feel about it as yet again they failed to perform away from home and it was a case of ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same” for visiting fans. As the players trudged their way around the running track towards their all too faithful fans there was an air of acceptance mixed with the hope that home advantage in the next two games will see them forget this week’s result.
There was still time to head out the stadium for the soon to be obligatory rice wine/stadium photo opportunity and there are few better backgrounds that that of Bucheon Stadium.