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English Soccer Guide

Looking up the Columbia from near the power lines.
Aug 03, 2017

August 2017 Breakfast Bulletin: Hiking the Columbia River Gorge

The August, 2017 issue of my monthly(ish) newsletter, the Breakfast Bulletin, is out. This month, we have: a wrap-up of the many hikes I’ve been on lately, while updating my book 6o Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland — almost all of them of them in the Columbia River Gorge. An update from the soccer project, about the crazy […]

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Outside the Holte End at Villa Park.
Jan 13, 2016

Touring Villa Park

I’ve been to games at 30 English soccer stadiums and toured about a dozen of them, and I think my favorite is Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club. That’s even more true now that I’ve toured it. It’s big, it’s old, and it’s classy. I like their colors. I like their tour guides. […]

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Jan 11, 2016

Stadium Tour at Birmingham City FC

I love touring English soccer stadiums – as much to meet the tour guides as to see the actual stadiums. This is particularly true at, shall we say, second-tier clubs like Birmingham City. There is just no denying that, of the four big clubs around Birmingham (City, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, and Wolverhampton) the […]

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Jan 08, 2016

Leicester v Manchester City

Seeing a game at Leicester City in 2015-16 was almost a spiritual experience. Have you ever been to a game where your team was getting crushed, all seemed hopeless, and somehow they started coming back to life? And then they got back into the game, and then momentum kicked in, it seemed everything they did was […]

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Jan 07, 2016

Seeing a Game at Notts County FC

Sometimes, at places like Notts County, English football feels like single-A baseball. After catching a Boxing Day game at Brentford in London, I rolled into Nottingham on December 27 sick as a dog – head cold, migraine, exhaustion, the whole thing – so I gave in, skipped the planned game at Nottingham Forest and took […]

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Dec 30, 2015

Planning a Trip to Watch English Soccer? Consider Staying in Nottingham

We take a break now from my trip around England to watch soccer games, and instead offer a little photographic tour of the city of Nottingham. At least, this is what I managed to see of it in a couple of walks. I spent basically one of my two days there being sick, and part […]

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Dec 27, 2015

English Soccer Tour: Seeing a Game at Brentford FC

When I think about telling Americans how to watch soccer in England — and especially when I think about bringing Americans to games here — it’s honestly places like Brentford that I think about. Never heard of Brentford? Join the masses — outside of England, that is. They currently play in the second-tier Championship, they only […]

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Away supporters showing their colors.
Dec 23, 2015

Some of the Characters You’ll Meet at an English Soccer Game

Since the last English soccer game I attended, Fulham at Bolton, was in some ways quite a bummer, I spent the time making notes on the various characters one encounters in the stands at a match. And so, my (mostly) American friends, allow me to introduce you to the many faces of the English soccer […]

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Dec 23, 2015

English Soccer Tour: Seeing a Game at Bolton Wanderers FC

I have always said that if you’re going to watch an English soccer game, don’t sit with the away fans unless you’re one of them. Generally, this is true because the away fans tend to be the rowdy ones. If you happen to be wearing the wrong colors, it could get uncomfortable. Same if you […]

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Dec 21, 2015

English Soccer Tour: Into Bolton

Friendly little Bolton is like many medium-sized English cities I’ve been to on my soccer tours. Imagine a college town like Eugene, Oregon, but with an industrial past and an active train station in the middle of it. Like many of these towns, Bolton has turned its old downtown into a pedestrian mall, and like […]

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