Paul’s Soccer Stories

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

Groundhopper Paul on the “Crossing The Pond” Podcast

June 25, 2024

This week Groundhopper Paul was a guest on the "Crossing The Pond" podcast to give his unique insights gathered from groundhopping around the UK. Gary is a Brit with a soccer background who moved to America years ago, and his podcast is all about those transitions and the lessons learned along the way. As an…

My Worldview After Doing the 92

October 9, 2023

The Americans in the elevator were not having it with the lads in the bar. “What’s going on in there,” she said. “Some soccer game,” he said. “Well,” she said, “they have a bucket full of beers, and they’re making a lot of noise. Let’s eat in the restaurant instead.” When the doors opened, I…

A Game at FC United of Manchester

October 6, 2023

FC United of Manchester is an impressive and inspiring tale of principled supporter ownership. It is also, to these foreign eyes, a somewhat odd, sentimental fantasy world. Just start with the name, which already tells you that their supporters wanted to support an FC called United that wears red and black and plays in Manchester…

Doing the 92: The Homestretch

September 30, 2023

Greetings from Lincoln, where I am spending four nights in a pretty crappy Holiday Inn. Why? Well, because I am doing the 92, of course. Fellow groundhoppers will largely understand it, as we all find ourselves going to odd places at odd times to do this odd thing we've decided to do. And while Lincoln…

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

September 20, 2023

I update this post regularly with all the football soccer games I've seen in the UK and Europe. For more on what that means, check out this post about the world of groundhopping. As of October 4, 2023, I have seen 247 games at 143 different grounds in the UK and Europe, including all of…

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Paul’s Groundhopping Plans for 2023-24

September 20, 2023

Well, unless something major changes, my 2023-24 groundhopping run is complete. But I did finish the 92 this season as planned! Last season's tally was 65 games, adding 10 to my UK grounds list and leaving me at 85 of the current season's 92 league clubs. Thirty-one of those 65 games were in Europe, adding…

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On the Bandwagon at Wrexham

August 17, 2023

In which the author goes to get a sense of what's happening in Wrexham with his own eyes -- and tick off ground #87 of the 92. I have been accused, with some reason, of a certain cynicism regarding what’s happening at Wrexham. In response, I have tried to make it clear that I see…

Seeing a Game at Accrington Stanley

August 15, 2023

There are so many layers to English football, especially clubs like Accrington Stanley, that one simply wouldn't know about or experience until one shows up, walks around, and talks to people. Just the simple question you may now be asking yourself -- "Accrington Stanley, who are they?" -- is engrained into the English football conscience.…

Groundhopping at Real Zaragoza

May 29, 2023

Some time, when your touring or groundhopping in Spain has you traveling between Madrid and Barcelona -- or looking for a nice day out from either -- stop off in Zaragoza, a city worth a day of your time with a football ground that is a trip back in time.   I knew almost nothing…

Paul’s 2022-23 Groundhopping Run

May 5, 2023

"Groundhopper Paul" has wrapped up his 2022-23 groundhopping season, after 65 games. Updated May 5 -- all done for the season! Here's my 2023-24 groundhopping plan. Well, this season of groundhopping is done. I was checking out many of the European and Premier League tickets and hospitality options we sell. And touring the continent. And…

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