a football supporter looking sad in the stands.

Agony and Ecstasy:
The 2017 Steel City Derby

September 25, 2017

Perhaps the reason we go to football games is because we just might have an experience people will talk about for generations. We sit through countless forgettable affairs because someday we’re going to see a world-class game-winner, or a stunning … Continue reading

Portsmouth FC Fratton Park historic English football stadium

Pompey Plays Up:
Seeing a Game at Portsmouth FC

September 20, 2017

As much as I love seeing soccer games in England, and as much as I love travel, and visiting the old stadiums, what I really love is a club whose supporters stick with it, no matter what. For all these … Continue reading

Match Night in Oxford:
Two Points Dropped, Two Blokes Bantering

September 17, 2017

If my book accomplishes one thing, I hope it’s that Americans who have only heard of the top six clubs in the Premier League will read it and wind up in places like Oxford United. It isn’t that Oxford is … Continue reading

groundhopper's view of London Thames from airplane

Back on the Road:
Another English Soccer Tour Begins

September 14, 2017

Getting back on the road for another soccer tour of England: a series of moments, some familiar, some refreshingly new, some worrisome, but all more interesting than the alternative. I look back at my apartment and think, “Well, if I … Continue reading

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