The text for the 2019-20 season edition of my book, The Groundhopper’s Guide to Soccer in England, is off with the editors now, with publication set for August 15, 2019. And this year there will be a Kindle edition!
But what exactly will be in it? What’s new this time? And how can you get a copy? Let’s discuss.
Table of Contents
Here is the Table of Contents for the 2019-20 edition:
New in This Edition
Story Time: Saturday Morning Football Train
What’s a Groundhopper?
A Very Brief History of Football—and “Soccer”
A Few Words about Some Other Words
Structure: Leagues, Cups, Promotion, and Relegation
Promoted and Relegated for This Season
Things You’ll Love about Seeing Soccer in England
Other Books You Might Want to Read
Websites to Check Out
The “Ladies’” Game
Flying into London
Story Time: When Ollie Came Back to The Den
The 2019–20 Schedule, Roughly
Good Times to Go
Top Derbies This Season
Which Games to See
Where to Sit
At the Ground
My “Rules” for Attending Games
Characters You May Encounter
How to Speak Soccer
Hooligans Are Not Going to Kill You
Story Time: The Oxford Boys
Why Some Clubs Aren’t Here—Yet
In and Around London
Queens Park Rangers
West Ham United
Story Time: Invasion of the Tartan Army
The South Coast
Brighton and Hove Albion
West Country and Wales
Forest Green Rovers
West Midlands / Birmingham Area
West Bromwich Albion
Story Time: Bouncing Owls and Barmy Blades
The Northwest/Liverpool and Manchester Area
The North and Northeast
Story Time: Sunderland’s Big Day at Stamford Bridge
Match of the Day: A History and Appreciation
Old Grounds: See ’Em While You Can
What’s With This “Allez Allez Allez” Song?
The Last Day: “Total Chaos”
Meet Archibald Leitch
Ways to Say “That Game Sucked”
How to Read a Scoreline
Non-League Clubs Around London
Stuff America Is Better At
Make Manchester Your Base
The Standard Northern English Town Story
The Taylor Report
How to Read the Referee
Why the Championship Is the Best
Notable Great Escapes
I Can Help: Consulting, Tickets, Guiding, and Tours
About the Author
What is New This Time?
As I keep updating this thing, I keep getting to new clubs and grounds, and I keep adding club profiles to the book. As of the publication of this edition, I have been to 103 games at 61 different clubs and 63 different grounds, including Wembley and the old White Hart Lane.
One thing new this time: A Kindle edition!
These clubs are new in the book since the 2018-19 edition
Also new are two “Throw-In” features: “Meet Archibald Leitch” and “What’s Up With This Allez Allez Allez Song?”
When Does The Book Come Out, and How Can I Get One?
The book’s official publication date is August 15, but I anticipate having them ready for delivery by August 1. And you can reserve your very own signed copy today by hitting up this page.