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Dec 20, 2015

Saturday Morning, Football Train

I love Saturday mornings on English trains. In addition to the ladies going shopping, old couples sitting quietly, families sometimes bickering, and pods of teenagers going who knows where, there are always groups of 20- to 40something men, with beers, talking football. Listening to little snippets here and there, I realize that I — a Fulham […]

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Dec 20, 2015

Seeing a Game at Birmingham City FC

A trip to the (I must say it) third team in England’s second city. Walking out of my hotel in Birmingham, bound for Birmingham City Football Club, I asked a staffer hot to get to the ground. He gave me what turned out to be mediocre-at-best directions, then asked how an American came to be […]

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Dec 19, 2015

From London to Birmingham, Feeling at Home

As I get a little better at these football trips, I find myself getting into the groove with UK transit. For example, second morning of this trip, it’s off to Birmingham to see the Blues play Cardiff. I started in West Norwood, the South London home of my English family, and without giving it a whole […]

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Dec 18, 2015

English Soccer Trip: How I Met a Sober Millwall Fan

Among the great traditions of my English soccer trips is meeting friends of friends on arrival in London. My first night in London, mostly to stay awake, but also to meet some locals and maintain my sanity a bit, I went to a 12-Step meeting in Tottenham. There, I had the usual conversation — what […]

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Dec 18, 2015

English Soccer Trip: Talking Footy at UK Customs

I’m starting to really look forward to hitting customs in the UK. Other than the excitement of arriving in my tied-for-favorite country, the U.K. Border Force is also my first chance to talk footy with English blokes. (Sometimes it’s a lady, and that’s even better of, course.) They always ask what I’ll be doing in […]

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Dec 18, 2015

English Soccer Trip: Flying Business Class

For the first time in my life, I got to board an international flight — and turn left. At some point I think that’s really what it’s all about, that moment of ego gratification from getting to sit up front. At least it was for me, since I’d never been up there before, and I […]

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Dec 09, 2015

My MLS Cup 2015 Diary: Or, The Timbers’ Big Night in Columbus

What is it like when your team wins the championship? Beyond description, really — but that didn’t deter me from writing this here diary of the experience of watching my Portland Timbers win the 2015 MLS Cup in Columbus, Ohio. Saturday 5 p.m. I finish a 12-hour shift driving a taxi, hand off the car […]

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Nov 13, 2015

Watching Soccer in England: Big Holiday Plans

I just love planning trips to see soccer in England. And right now I’m planning a doozy for December and January. Since people have been emailing me lately about planning their own English soccer trips, and since I have already offered some general trip-planning advice, I thought I would follow up with the details of […]

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Oct 23, 2015

Reader Report: Dean From Canada visits Fleetwood Town

One of the things I’ve loved so much about planning trips to see soccer in England is this: As I have continued to write blog posts all about it, I have started to get emails from other people who want to go see a game in England. They ask for advice and help, and I […]

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Oct 11, 2015

Planning a Trip to Watch Soccer in England? Here’s How

For even more about English soccer, check out the new site for my upcoming book: An American’s Guide to English Soccer Since I started writing about my adventures watching soccer in England, I have received many emails like this one: “I will be in England the weekend of October 17, and my family and I […]

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