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FC Barcelona

July 11, 2022

Barcelona is, of course, one of the biggest clubs in the history of football. They like to say they are mes que un club, or “more than a club,” but to us they are more like a club than most of the “clubs” we’ve been to. That is, while they aren’t by any means a…

Real Madrid

July 11, 2022

Real Madrid are the biggest and most successful football club in the world. Here is a brief history and some background information about Los Blancos and the Spanish city they call home. LOCATION: Madrid, Spain WEBSITE: realmadrid.com NICKNAMES: Real Madrid's nickname, Los Blancos (the Whites), is derived from the club's all-white home kit, which they…

Atlético Madrid

July 11, 2022

Atlético Madrid are, from the outside, the No. 3 team in Spain’s La Liga. Still, they are a big club with a rich history and new stadium in an amazing city. LOCATION: Madrid, Spain WEBSITE: atleticomadrid.com NICKNAMES: Colchoneros (Mattress Makers) - Its origin comes from the post-civil war era. Back then mattresses were covered with…

Rochdale

July 4, 2022

Rochdale is a quintessential small community club, and one that has never seen the second tier in its 100-plus year history. LOCATION: Rochdale is in Greater Manchester, about 45 minutes out from the center on the city’s MetroLink tram. CONTACT: rochdaleafc.co.uk, 01706 644648, #RAFC NICKNAMES: The Dale

Morecambe

July 4, 2022

A club only recently in the Football League, from a town known for its sandy beach, a rich shrimp dish, and being home to a very famous comedian of the same name. LOCATION: Morecambe, Lancashire, is on the coast just over an hour north from Liverpool or Manchester. CONTACT: morecambefc.com, 01524 411797, #UTS NICKNAMES: The…

Sunderland

July 4, 2022

A club that was just hanging on in the Premier League for years took a dramatic fall a few years ago–but they are back in the Championship this season, returning hope to an amazing group of supporters. LOCATION: Sunderland is about four hours by train from either London or Manchester. CONTACT: safc.com, 0371 911 1200,…

Grimsby Town

July 4, 2022

Way out on the edge of the country, and just now back in the Football League, there’s a club who famously “only sing when we’re fishing.” LOCATION: Grimsby is two and a half hours by train east of Manchester and just over three hours from London. CONTACT: grimsby-townfc.co.uk, 14726 05050, #GTFC NICKNAMES: The Mariners, because…

Carlisle United

July 4, 2022

Way up in the north, almost to Scotland, is an old club in an old ground in an old city that will take you back in time. LOCATION: Carlisle, Cumbria, is two hours north of Manchester by train. CONTACT: carlisleunited.co.uk, 0330 094 5930, #CUFC NICKNAMES: The Cumbrians or The Blues

Wigan Athletic

July 4, 2022

For years a story of plucky overachievement topped off with a remarkable moment of success, Wigan are now rebounding from hard times. LOCATION: Wigan is between Manchester and Liverpool, about 30 minutes from each by train. CONTACT: wiganathletic.com, 01942 774000, #WAFC NICKNAMES: The Latics or just the Tics. Apparently this is based on the pronunciation…

Tranmere Rovers

July 4, 2022

If you’re in Liverpool for a game at one of those “other” clubs, do yourself a favor: take a ferry across the Mersey and go see a traditional game of football at Prenton Park. LOCATION: Tranmere is a neighborhood in Birkenhead, which in turn is in a place called The Wirral Peninsula. But Rovers are…

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