Paul’s Soccer Stories

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

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 a particularly special club -- you can get to know them a bit here --…

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 don’t have it now, I’ll have to go without it.” There’s that little rush of…

A Walking Tour of Norwich

March 7, 2017

As part of a spring 2017 English soccer tour, when I saw five games in five cities over 10 days, I spent a "day off" exploring the beautiful city of Norwich. After spending the previous day at the blistering East Anglian Derby, this was a pleasant way to spend a typically drizzly day seeing the sights…

English Soccer Tour: Spending a Day in Barnsley

February 27, 2017

After my one-day visit to Barnsley, I can say that it is a charming place with something of an inferiority complex. I spoke to several locals who seemed genuinely shocked that I was visiting from the States, and even when I told them I didn’t come all this way just to see Barnsley, they were still…

“Zombie Day” and a Badge Run to West Bromwich Albion

February 24, 2017

There are getting to be a few traditions on my English soccer trips. One is the arrival day, which I had yesterday and included a fine version of the Standard Customs Chat. Today it was time for two more: Zombie Day and the Badge Run. Zombie Day is just the day you get to the…

English Soccer Touring:
Ah, the Rituals of Arrival

February 23, 2017

Here's an example, from 2017, of what coming through UK customs for an English soccer trip used to be like. The new kiosks have screwed this all up. Coming through customs into the UK is starting to feel quite familiar. First there is the somehow sudden arrival, after 8 or 9 hours in the plane.…

On the English Soccer Road Again: February 2017 Tour

February 23, 2017

I feel like I’m getting pretty good at planning trips to see English soccer. That sounds like bragging, I suppose, but it’s true. A couple of years ago, all I really knew about was the Premier League, and finding my way to a game at West Bromwich Albion felt like a cultural adventure outside my…

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