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English Soccer Guide

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.

English Soccer Tour: Attending a Game at Arsenal

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 21, 2014
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English Soccer: Seeing a game at Arsenal.

For the longest time, I thought going to a soccer game in England was this mysterious thing that you had to be somehow “connected” to be a part of. And I certainly thought that going to a game at Arsenal or some other major club was darn near impossible. Well, not true entirely. It’s really…

English Soccer Tour, Stop 1: Heathrow Customs

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 15, 2014
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Well, it didn’t take long for the first interaction of my English Soccer Tour. In fact, it happened in the customs line at Heathrow, before I had officially entered the UK. The customs guy, about 30, asked why I was coming, and I said, “To watch football games.” He smiled and said, “Don’t you mean…