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Oldham Athletic

July 4, 2022

Such an approachable club that you might be able to hear the pregame team talk from the parking lot. Too bad what’s become of them. LOCATION: Oldham is basically a suburb of Manchester, about 25 minutes out from the center on the city’s Metrolink service. CONTACT:, 0161 624 4972, #OAFC NICKNAMES: Latics, which, as…

Manchester City

July 4, 2022

The club once called “noisy neighbors” by Man United’s manager is now arguably the best team in the world. With their new worldwide following plus a nice, modern stadium in a cool city, they should be a major attraction for groundhoppers. LOCATION: Two and a half hours from London’s Euston station CONTACT: NICKNAMES: Citizens,…

huddersfield town stadium EFL

Huddersfield Town

July 4, 2022

A favorite story of recent years, Huddersfield Town is also a fine example of a fun, easy, off-the-normal-circuit club to go and visit on a day out from Manchester. LOCATION: Thirty minutes northeast by train from Manchester CONTACT:, 01484 960 600, #HTAFC NICKNAMES: The Terriers, which was introduced to honor the fitness and tenacity…

Fleetwood Town

July 4, 2022

Going to a game at Fleetwood Town is a chance to see a small club that got big quickly, and also to step just off the tourist path for a truly local experience. LOCATION: Fleetwood is basically a suburb of Blackpool, Lancashire, a total of just over two hours by train from Liverpool or Manchester.…


July 4, 2022

Everton may have dropped into second position in their hometown of late, but they should be at the very top of your priorities for a visit—soon, before they move to their new stadium. “The People’s Club” has one of the greatest old grounds left. LOCATION: Liverpool, two and a half hours from London’s Euston station…

Empty stand at Turf Moor, home of Burnley Football Club


July 4, 2022

From a town of 73,000, with a ground that mixes old and new, Burnley was for years a model for a gritty club from a gritty town hanging on in the Premier League. But now, they’ve shifted to become more of a Championship regular. LOCATION: An hour north by train from Victoria station in Manchester…

Bolton Wanderers

July 4, 2022

After a spectacular rise and fall over 10 years, Bolton nearly went out of business in 2019 and are currently stuck in League One, far too low for these former European competitors. LOCATION: Forty minutes by train northwest of Manchester Piccadilly station CONTACT:, 01204 673 673, #BWFC NICKNAMES: The Trotters, which has a couple…


July 4, 2022

A proper big historic club in a historic city, The ‘Pool is well worth a visit. LOCATION: Blackpool is on the North West Coast, around two hours by train from Manchester. CONTACT:, 01253 599344, #UTMP NICKNAMES: The ‘Pool, Seasiders, or Tangerines for their colors

Blackburn Rovers

July 4, 2022

Blackburn Rovers is a truly traditional club in a classic northern town, with an old-school ground and great uniforms. LOCATION: Blackburn, Lancashire, an hour north of Manchester’s Victoria station CONTACT: NICKNAMES: The Riversiders or just Rovers

Swindon Town

July 1, 2022

A club that has twice tasted big-time success, in a town that is almost certainly prettier and more interesting than you, or most British people, would realize. LOCATION: Swindon is about one train hour west of London’s Paddington Station. CONTACT:, 0330 002 1879 , #STFC NICKNAMES: The Robins

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