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Watching Soccer Games in England: FAQ From an American Expert

July 16, 2021

Watching soccer in England is a truly enjoyable experience. I’ve done quite a lot of it myself, making it to more than 100 games at 60+ different clubs, including every club in the Premier League and all but a few in the Championship. Along the way, I have learned a few things, which I will share here. If…

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Planning a Trip to Watch Soccer in England? Here Are Some Starter Tips

June 24, 2021

The following are Groundhopper Paul's best tips for planning a trip to watch soccer in England. I have seen more than 100 games at more than 60 different stadiums and I have developed something of a system for planning my trips to watch soccer in England. So I thought I would share my process here.…

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Groundhopper Guide to Travel Hacking

May 19, 2021

If you are planning a trip to watch soccer in the UK or Europe, or if you just want to work a game or two into your vacation plans, our Groundhopper Guide to Travel Hacking will help you save money and enjoy some travel-related perks at the same time. First, here are some of the…

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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,…

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