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Flying into London, Looking for Soccer Stadiums

March 11, 2021

If you are lucky enough to fly into London on a clear day and pass over the central part of the city, you are treated to one of the great city views on Earth. You can also see quite a few soccer stadiums, if you know where to look. Here's a quick guide from Groundhopper…

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Going to a Game at Arsenal?
Go Check Out Their Old Stadium

April 14, 2019

If you’re going to a game at Arsenal, it’s quite easy and worthwhile to make a visit to their old ground at Highbury. Here’s how. First, if you didn’t know the old place is still there … well, it isn’t entirely. Arsenal Stadium, which everybody just called Highbury (and sometimes “Highbury Library” for being too…

English Soccer Travels:
What to See and Do in Burton-Upon-Trent

February 21, 2019

I have designated a new rule for my English soccer travels: that if all you know about a place is what Wikipedia or TripAdvisor tell you, then you don’t know anything about it, and you need to go there. I will call it the Huddersfield Rule, after having a defining such experience there on a…

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Some Basic London Travel Tips for Soccer Fans

February 12, 2019

I am not going to attempt a travel guide to London, which may be the most-written-about travel destination on Earth. But if you are watching soccer in England, you will almost certainly be in London at some point, so here are some suggestions for getting into and around England's capital city. Flying In Assuming you…

A Liverpool-Themed Tour at the Shankly Hotel

February 10, 2019

If you’re a Liverpool fan, in town for a game at Anfield, you really should swing over to the Shankly Hotel in the city center. You can stay there, of course, but you can also take a Liverpool-themed tour of the hotel’s memorabilia collection and of the city itself. Here’s an introduction to this very…

This Shop in Manchester is Football Shirt Heaven

February 8, 2019

If old football shirts happen to be your thing, then no place can compare with the Classic Football Shirts Manchester shop. There are many ways to be into football. You can play it, watch it on TV, support your club in person, write about it, read about it, obsess over transfer rumors, learn songs, or…

English Soccer Trip Advice:
Newcastle Travel Guide

January 18, 2019

I divided my English soccer guidebook into regions and suggested a base city for each region. For the North and Northeast, that base will be Newcastle. (This post is now several years old, so be sure to check on prices, etc.) Travel Guide: Newcastle Why You Should Stay There: It’s a great hub for accessing six clubs,…

Can You Take Bags Into English Soccer Games?

January 10, 2019

One question we get often is whether bags are allowed into English soccer games. And the answer is basically: Yes, but sometimes not big ones. Paul has been to more than 100 games at 69 different stadiums around the UK, and has probably taken a bag into 95 percent of them. Here's his advice: I…

Planning a Trip to Watch English Soccer? Consider Staying in Nottingham

September 28, 2018

If you are headed over to England to see some soccer games, consider staying in the city of Nottingham. Here is a photo tour of the place, which makes a great hub for groundhopping explorations. At least, this is what I managed to see of it in a couple of walks. I spent basically one…

How to Tell When a Town is Going to be Boring

April 16, 2018

In the process of visiting more than 100 English soccer clubs, Paul has seen some towns which, aside from this groundhopping business, he never would have gone to. Here's his list of how to tell when a town is going to be boring. As I approach a new destination, I do a little research on…

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