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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.

Watching Soccer in England: What Does it Cost?

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 23, 2014
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Watching soccer in England: How much does it cost?

Lately I’ve gotten one particular question quite a bit: How can I afford to go to England and watch all these soccer games? I get it so often that I thought I’d take a shot at answering it here. The short and honest answer is, I really can’t. I am obsessed, and I have long…

Premier League Game Day: Leicester City at Stoke

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 14, 2014
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Stoke City vs Leicester City FC, Britannia Stadium 2014

The thing about traveling around watching soccer games in England is that every game, and every city, brings surprises. Take my trip to Stoke to see them play Leicester City. Most English people I told about this looked at me with real confusion, as if choosing to go to Stoke made as much sense as…

How to Buy Tickets for English Soccer:
What I Have Learned So Far

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 2, 2014
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    What I Have Learned So Far

For even more about English soccer, check out the new site for my upcoming book: An American’s Guide to English Soccer   In my quest to visit all 92 league soccer stadiums (aka football grounds) of England, I have picked up a few things about how to buy tickets for the Premier League and other…

Watching Soccer in England – When to Go

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 27, 2014
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For even more about English soccer, check out the new site for my upcoming book: An American’s Guide to English Soccer What’s the best time to go watch soccer in England? As I sit here planning my trips to watch soccer in England during the upcoming season, I find myself thinking there are two ways…

Game Day at Reading FC

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 15, 2014
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  I have always referred to the first day of any trip to England or Europe as my Zombie Day. That’s because I arrive at about 7 a.m., but my body thinks it’s actually 11 p.m., and it begins to seek any opportunity to fall asleep. I, of course, know that I must stay awake,…

English Soccer Tour: That “Back on the Road” Feeling

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 17, 2014
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Cherry blossoms at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC

What is that feeling of arriving in a foreign place? It’s excitement, touched with fear, but anticipation through and through. It’s giddy, it’s happy, and it’s freeing. Whatever was back there is just … back there. Left. Escaped? Avoided? Maybe, but not here anyway. That “back on the road feeling” comes when the last home…