Club profiles section.

The 2019-20 edition of my book, The Groundhopper’s Guide to Soccer in England, is headed for the printer this week. But what’s in it? Read on to find out.

I call it a “travel and cultural guide” to the game in England. I don’t write about who’s going to win the league or which players are moving around; I write about the clubs themselves, the stadiums, the supporters, the songs, and the pubs.

The book should be available online by August 15, but you can pre-order a signed copy straight from me here:

Order the 2019-20 Groundhopper’s Guide to Soccer in England Today!

For this edition, I have a profile of all 20 clubs in the Premier League for the 2019-20 season, and 22 of the 24 clubs in the Football League Championship. And yes, I’ve been to all of those! I never write about a club unless I have attended a game there, and to date I have seen 103 games at 64 different grounds.

2019-20 Groundhopper’s Guide Front Cover

That’s the cover to the right; you can see more of this year’s cover here.

And here is the final, official Table of Contents for this year’s edition:



New in This Edition

Story Time: Saturday Morning Football Train


  • What’s a Groundhopper?
  • A Brief History of Football—and “Soccer”
  • A Few Words about Some Other Words
  • Structure: Leagues, Cups, Promotion, and Relegation
  • Who Got Promoted, Relegated, and into Europe for This Season
  • Things You’ll Love about Seeing Soccer in England
  • Other Books You Might Want to Read
  • Websites to Check Out
  • The “Ladies’” Game
  • Flying into London

Story Time: When Ollie Came Back to The Den

Making Plans

  • The 2019–20 Schedule, Roughly
  • Good Times to Go
  • Top Derbies This Season
  • Which Games to See
  • Getting Tickets
  • Where to Sit

At the Ground

  • My “Rules” for Attending Games
  • Characters You May Encounter
  • How to Speak Soccer
  • Hooligans Are Not Going to Kill You

Story Time: The Oxford Boys

The Clubs

Why Some Clubs Aren’t Here—Yet

In and Around London

  • Arsenal
  • Boreham Wood
  • Brentford
  • Bromley
  • Cambridge United
  • Charlton
  • Chelsea
  • Crawley Town
  • Crystal Palace
  • Dulwich Hamlet
  • Fulham
  • Gillingham
  • Leyton Orient
  • Millwall
  • Oxford United
  • Queens Park Rangers
  • Reading
  • Stevenage
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Watford
  • Wembley Stadium
  • West Ham United
  • Wimbledon

Story Time: Invasion of the Tartan Army

The East

  • Hull City
  • Norwich City

The South Coast

  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton and Hove Albion
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton

West Country and Wales

  • Bristol City
  • Bristol Rovers
  • Cardiff City
  • Cheltenham Town
  • Forest Green Rovers
  • Swansea City

West Midlands/Birmingham Area

  • Aston Villa
  • Birmingham City
  • Burton Albion
  • Coventry City
  • Stoke City
  • West Bromwich Albion
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers

East Midlands

  • Derby County
  • Leicester City
  • Nottingham Forest
  • Notts County


  • Barnsley
  • Doncaster Rovers
  • Leeds United
  • Sheffield United
  • Sheffield Wednesday

Story Time: Bouncing Owls and Barmy Blades

The Northwest/Liverpool and Manchester Area

  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Bolton Wanderers
  • Burnley
  • Everton
  • Huddersfield Town
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • Wigan Athletic

The North and Northeast

  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle United
  • Sunderland

Story Time: Sunderland’s Big Day at Stamford Bridge

Me in my happy place.


  • Match of the Day: A History and Appreciation
  • Old Grounds: See ’Em While You Can
  • What’s with This “Allez Allez Allez” Song?
  • The Last Day: “Total Chaos”
  • Meet Archibald Leitch
  • Family Sections
  • Ways to Say “That Game Sucked”
  • How to Read a Scoreline
  • Non-League Clubs Around London
  • Stuff America Is Better At
  • Make Manchester Your Base
  • The Standard Northern English Town Story
  • The Taylor Report
  • How to Read the Referee
  • Why the Championship Is the Best
  • Notable Great Escapes

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