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Leicester City

July 1, 2022

You’ve no doubt heard of Leicester City because they recently pulled off one of the great fairy-tale seasons of all time. And in 2021 they won their first FA Cup. But there’s more to the Foxes and their city than memories of two great seasons. LOCATION: One hour north of London by train and one…

kickoff at pride park, home of derby county football club

Derby County

July 1, 2022

For years as consistent a second-tier club as you can find, Derby County ran into financial disaster in 2022 and have dropped into League One. LOCATION: Ninety train minutes north of St. Pancras station in London or east from Piccadilly station in Manchester, and 45 minutes from Birmingham CONTACT: dcfc.co.uk, 0871 472 1884, #DCFC NICKNAMES:…

Wolverhampton Wanderers

July 1, 2022

Wolverhampton is an old-fashioned club, but recently they turned into big spenders, stormed the Championship, got promoted, and even made the Europa League a couple times. LOCATION: Wolverhampton, which is officially a city of 250,000 people plus a metropolitan borough, but really is part of the great sprawling mass that is Birmingham CONTACT: wolves.co.uk, 0371…

Walsall

July 1, 2022

A club that has rarely even sniffed the second tier, Walsall is a friendly and casual day out, if not the most exciting. LOCATION: Walsall is in the West Midlands, about 30 minutes from Birmingham by train. CONTACT: saddlers.co.uk, 01922651414, #Saddlers NICKNAMES: The Saddlers, because the town was once famous for making saddles

Stoke City

July 1, 2022

Whenever a manager is doing well at a club, commentators will ask a question meant to determine whether his talent is real or just a fluke. The question is, “Yeah, but can he do it on a rainy Tuesday in Stoke?” Somehow that always seems to summarize this club. LOCATION: Stoke-on-Trent, a city of 260,000…

empty stands at Ricoh Arena Coventry

Coventry City

July 1, 2022

A ​​club that is bigger than it currently appears to be, Coventry seems to be emerging from chaos and re-establishing itself in its home town. LOCATION: The city is about 20 minutes by train from Birmingham, a little over an hour from London’s Euston station. CONTACT: CCFC.co.uk, 024 7699 1987, #PUSB NICKNAMES: The Sky Blues

Burton Albion

July 1, 2022

Burton is an impressive story and a very friendly club in the beer-making capital of England. LOCATION: Burton upon Trent, 30 miles northeast of Birmingham in the West Midlands CONTACT: burtonalbionfc.co.uk, 01283 565938, #BAFC NICKNAMES: The Brewers

Nottingham Forest

July 1, 2022

Yes​​, there is a club named Nottingham Forest, and it’s in a very cool city not too far from London. And boy, are they happy these days! They are back in the top tier for the first time in a long time. LOCATION: In the East Midlands, 90 train minutes from St. Pancras station in…

Aston Villa

Aston Villa

July 1, 2022

Aston Villa is a big and historic club with an awesome stadium and giant fan base – and they're back in Europe! LOCATION: In Aston, which is part of the sprawling Birmingham area, just under two hours from Euston station in London CONTACT: avfc.co.uk, 0333 323 1874, #AVFC NICKNAMES: Villans or the Villa

West Bromwich Albion fans watching a football game at The Hawthorns.

West Bromwich Albion

July 1, 2022

One of several big ones in the Birmingham area, West Brom has been a yo-yo club bouncing up and down the divisions for years; their fans also bounce and sing “Boing Boing” when they score. LOCATION: West Bromwich (it’s BROM-itch), which to us foreigners seems like just another part of Greater Birmingham, in the West…

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