Paul’s Groundhopping Plans for 2023-24

Paul Gerald · Profile
Paul’s Groundhopping Plans for 2023-24

Hello again, fellow and would-be groundhoppers! Another season of English soccer is here, so once again I will be bouncing around the UK and Europe, going to games and writing about it.

Last season’s tally was 65 games, adding 10 to my UK grounds list and leaving me at 85 of the current season’s 92 league clubs. That means that this season really should see me finish the 92 for the first time ever, and maybe be the first American to do so. Thirty-one of those 65 games were in Europe, adding 25 new grounds to that list, as well.

All told, as of the start of the 2023-24 season, I had been to 229 games at 134 different grounds around the UK and Europe.

2023-24 Groundhopping Plan

This is a work in progress, in part because I don’t even know where I’ll be living by the end of the year. But this is what I know about my August and September run to England.

  • August 5: Accrington Stanley 3-0 Newport County for ground #86.
  • August 6: Leeds 2-2 Cardiff City to check out our Leeds hospitality option.
  • August 8: Wrexham 0-0 Wigan, with the home team advancing on penalty kicks. I managed to buy a Wrexham ticket with a membership. That was ground #87.
  • August 11: Burnley 0-3 Manchester City at Turf Moor, where we also sell tickets.
  • August 12: Sheffield United 0-1 Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane, where I am happy to say we have tickets again.
  • August 13: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool at our “Group Groundhop.”
  • August 19 I: Wolves 1-4 Brighton
  • August 19 II: Manchester City 1-0 Newcastle
  • August 26: Bradford City 1-0 Crewe Alexandra
  • August 28: York City 1-3 Rochdale
  • September 2: FC United of Manchester 1-0 Barnoldswick Town
  • September 5: Wimbledon 1-1 Stevenage (EFL Trophy)
  • September 9: Exeter City 1-2 Leyton Orient, ground #89
  • September 16: Fulham 1-0 Luton Town
  • September 17: Millwall 0-3 Leeds United
  • September 19: Barcelona 5-0 Royal Antwerp (Champions League), to see our Barcelona tickets in their temporary stadium.
  • September 20: Union Berlin at Real Madrid
  • September 24: Motherwell at Rangers
  • September 26: Peterborough at Mansfield Town (EFL Cup) for ground #90
  • September 27: West Ham at Lincoln City (EFL Cup), ground #91 — if I can get a ticket!
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  • September 30: Cheltenham Town at Lincoln City for ground #91
  • October 3: Millwall at Plymouth Argyle for ground #92!
Written By Paul Gerald
Paul Gerald, Founder & Owner of Groundhopper Soccer Guides · Profile
Paul is a traveler, writer, publisher and soccer freak. He started Groundhopper Soccer Guides as in 2014. When he's not kicking around England working on this site and his book, you can find him at Providence Park in Portland, cheering on the Portland Timbers.

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