Paul’s Soccer Stories

Author Paul Gerald shares his adventures from seeing more than 100 games all over England.

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Shrewsbury Can Wait

December 3, 2022

I finally hit the pause button here in Crewe. Groundhopping is a fun hobby, and I've done more than my share of it: nearly 200 games in just over eight years. But it's been about 40 games in the last four months, in England, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, back to England, back to Italy,…

England supporters and the World Cup: Inside the wacky minds of football supporters

December 1, 2022

Being in England during a World Cup is like being at a family reunion where the favorite son is the life of the party one day and an alcoholic the next. As an outsider, I find it somewhat comical, but also a window into the mind and soul of football supporters everywhere. So, as one…

At the Seville Derby: Look Out when the Rocket Lands

November 23, 2022

Sometimes, in the middle of a big crowd, during a big game, in a stadium filled with emotion and a city gone briefly mad, there are some very fine lines to walk. Tension is high, things can easily go off track, and people who might be sane for 363 days of the year should not…

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Soccer Games I Have Seen in my Quest to Join the 92 Club

November 20, 2022

I update this post regularly with all the football soccer games I've seen in the UK and Europe. But why does it matter? Because my goal is to join the 92 Club, also called "Doing the 92." For more on what that means, check out this post about the world of groundhopping. As of December…

Paul’s 2022-23 Groundhopping Plan

November 5, 2022

"Groundhopper Paul" is on the road again. Updated December 8 I think this is the season I am going to officially "do the 92." I'll also be checking out many of the European and Premier League tickets and hospitality options we sell. And I'll be touring the continent. And working. And hiking. And basically reverting…

Paul’s Groundhopping Adventures So Far

August 22, 2022

Greetings from the #groundhopping road, where I am actually on a bit of a break right now after three hustling weeks of games all around England. So far I've seen eight games, including three straight home wins after they failed to win in the first five, scoring only four goals in the process. So maybe…

Back to Barnet FC

February 21, 2022

Heading into injury time at Barnet FC, with the home team down 3-0, I found myself thinking about curses. There were plenty of them around, since I was in the home section; they were aimed at their own players, the result, the referee, Barnet Football Club's owner, the soccer gods, really just the whole world.…

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Groundhopper Paul’s English & European Soccer Adventure, 2021-22 Edition

January 25, 2022

It's finally time to go groundhopping again! Groundhopper Soccer Guides founder, Paul Gerald, shares his plans for going to football games in England and Europe during the 2021-22 season.  Updated 1-29-2022 with recent results and (mostly Covid-related) changes. Skip ahead to my schedule. For months now, I've been dealing with things like "how to grow…

A Festive Diary: Watching Soccer in England Over the Holidays

January 8, 2022

While it wasn't quite as fun and festive as years past, for reasons I need not state, my experience of watching English soccer over the Christmas period was nonetheless enjoyable. Here's a diary of my experience. If you are considering coming to England for a soccer-focused trip over the holidays in 2022, I can't recommend…

MLS Cup 2021, or Losing, Winning, and Wondering Why

December 17, 2021

What is it that makes us sports fans sign up for all the ups and downs, the emotional and financial costs, the abuse, and the exhaustion? Is it the chance at joy? It must run pretty deep, like into our DNA, because there seems no shaking it, no matter how often we say we’re done.…

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