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Crewe Alexandra

June 28, 2023

“The Alex” is a mainly third- and fourth-tier club in a major hub of English railway life. So if you like your trains and your community football clubs, this is a place to visit. LOCATION: Crewe is in Cheshire, in the North West, between Birmingham and Manchester / Liverpool. CONTACT: crewealex.net, 01270 213014, #CreweAlex NICKNAMES:…

View of the pitch at Barrow AFC

Barrow

June 28, 2023

Down towards the bottom of the Football League, at the end of a peninsula in the sea, Barrow is also a friendly little club in a historic shipbuilding town. LOCATION: Barrow-in-Furness is on the Cumbrian coast, about three hours north of Manchester and Liverpool by train. CONTACT: barrowafc.com, 01229 666 010, #WeAreBarrow NICKNAMES: The Bluebirds

Lazio

May 26, 2023

Sure, they are the "second team" in Rome in terms of supporters and success, but don't let this stop you from seeing a Lazio game. Their ultras in the Curva Nord put on a great show, and besides, for the 2023-24 season they will be in the Champions League. LOCATION: Rome CONTACT: sslazio.it/en, +39 06…

Exterior of Sevilla's football stadium

Sevilla

April 12, 2023

The more glamorous and successful of the two clubs in this beautiful Spanish city, Sevilla is even more tucked into a neighborhood than their great rivals Real Betis. LOCATION: Seville, Spain CONTACT: sevillafc.es, +34 954 53 53 53, #SevillaFC NICKNAMES: Los Rojiblancos or los Sevillistas  

a group of football supporters in an otherwise empty stadium

Real Betis

February 14, 2023

One of two well-supported teams in one of Spain's most beautiful cities, Betis -- and their derby with Sevilla -- should be very high on your groundhopping to-do list. LOCATION: Seville, Spain CONTACT: realbetisbalompie.es, +34 955 463 955, #RealBetis NICKNAMES: Los Verdiblancos, El Glorioso, or just Betis

Harrogate Town

December 13, 2022

In a beautiful and historic spa town, better known for posh dining and shops, there's a little football club that after 85 years recently made the Football League for the first time. LOCATION: Harrogate is in North Yorkshire; by train it's about 30 minutes north of Leeds, two hours from Manchester and three hours from…

exterior of a football ground with the words

Stockport County

December 11, 2022

If you are in, or headed for, Manchester to see one of "those" clubs play, you really should stop into this well-supported community club just on the edge of town. You can even see it from the train as you head from London to Manchester. LOCATION: Stockport is in Greater Manchester, less than 10 miles…

Napoli

July 27, 2022

Long known as a passionate hub of supporters despite a relative lack of recent success, last season Napoli wrote its name in the history books with a runaway Serie A championship campaign. LOCATION: Naples, Italy CONTACT: sscnapoli.it, #ForzaNapoliSempre NICKNAMES: Gli Azzurri, or The Blues, due to their traditional home shirts, which in turn are said…

Juventus FC

July 11, 2022

The winningest club in Italian football, Juventus’ 36 league crowns are almost double that of the next highest club total (both AC Milan and Inter Milan have 19). The squad also holds records with 14 Coppa Italia and nine Supercoppa titles. LOCATION: Turin, Italy WEBSITE: Juventus.com NICKNAMES: While the name Juventus comes from the Italian…

Roma

July 11, 2022

A.S. Roma play in one of the world’s most-visited cities, and have a rich, winning tradition. Commonly referred to as Roma, they have played in the top tier of Italian football for every season but one since their inception and have won three Serie A titles (1942, 1983 and 2001), nine Coppa Italias and two…

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