All shiny and new for this season!

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.

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Club profiles section.

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 prize — a Premier League ticket!

Making Plans

The 2019–20 Schedule, Roughly
Good Times to Go
Top Derbies This Season
Which Games to See
Getting Tickets
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

The Clubs

Why Some Clubs Aren’t Here—Yet

In and Around London

Boreham Wood
Cambridge United
Crawley Town
Crystal Palace
Dulwich Hamlet
Leyton Orient
Oxford United
Queens Park Rangers
Tottenham Hotspur
Wembley Stadium
West Ham United

Scottish invasion of London.

Story Time: Invasion of the Tartan Army

The East

Hull City
Norwich City

The South Coast

Brighton and Hove Albion

West Country and Wales

Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Cardiff City
Cheltenham Town
Forest Green Rovers
Swansea City

West Midlands / Birmingham Area

Aston Villa
Birmingham City
Burton Albion
Coventry City
Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers

East Midlands

Derby County
Leicester City
Nottingham Forest
Notts County


Doncaster Rovers
Leeds United
Sheffield United
Sheffield Wednesday

Dejected Sheffield Wednesday fans, happy Sheffield United fans.

Story Time: Bouncing Owls and Barmy Blades

The Northwest/Liverpool and Manchester Area

Blackburn Rovers
Bolton Wanderers
Huddersfield Town
Manchester City
Manchester United
Wigan Athletic

The North and Northeast

Newcastle United

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
Family Sections
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
Connect Online
About the Author

What is New This Time?

Cheltenham Town make their first appearance in the book for this edition.

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

Cheltenham Town
Coventry City
Doncaster Rovers
Dulwich Hamlet
Leyton Orient

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.

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