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Paul Gerald, author of “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland” and “Breakfast in Bridgetown,” will publish a book about English soccer in the summer of 2015. It will cover all the clubs in the Premier League plus many others: where they are, what they’re about, and how to immerse yourself in the culture of English soccer. This blog is Paul’s English Soccer Tour — aka his research.

August 2017 Breakfast Bulletin: Hiking the Columbia River Gorge

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 3, 2017
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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…

Touring Villa Park

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 13, 2016
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Outside the Holte End at 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….

Stadium Tour at Birmingham City FC

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 11, 2016
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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…

Leicester v Manchester City

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 8, 2016
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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…

Seeing a Game at Notts County FC

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 7, 2016
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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…

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

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 30, 2015
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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…

English Soccer Tour: Seeing a Game at Brentford FC

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 27, 2015
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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…

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

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 23, 2015
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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…