Football Travel: Bristol City

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Please share:“Who comes to football in a suit?” the security guard asked as she checked us through. We’d come straight from work to Ashton Gate, the 27,000-capacity home of Bristol City. Great swathes of red seats with two minutes to go to kick-off was an ominous sign, especially given the full house against table-topping Leeds […]

Podcast: Doing the 92…from a German Perspective

Please share: The “92 Club” is an exclusive club made up of groundhoppers who have visited all 92 league club grounds in England and Wales. We catch up with Florian Sauer from Munich who has written a book on his unique perspective as a German who has completed the set – and written a book […]

Old Trafford, Manchester United

Football Travel: Manchester United

Please share:A trip to the “Theatre of Dreams” is on many groundhoppers’ bucket lists. But what can you expect from a visit to Old Trafford and how can you get tickets? We made our third trip to the stadium recently and this is our viewpoint on visiting Manchester United. Manchester United is England’s most successful […]

England v Germany

Podcast: The History of England v Germany

Please share: We discuss the fascinating historical rivalry of two of football’s historical powerhouses, one-time world champion and codifier of the association rules game, England, and four-time Weltmeister Germany. Our guest is Dr. Christoph Wagner, football historian and blogger for 120 Minuten. He takes us through the roots of football in Germany and we discuss […]

Football Travel: West Ham United

Please share:West Ham United is a club in transition. Since moving out of its much-loved Boleyn Ground at Upton Park into London’s former Olympic Stadium, the club now finds itself as the Europe’s eighth most-attended side. We went along to the London Stadium to have a look for ourselves. For fans of the old Victoriana […]

Watford FC Vicarage Road

Football Travel: Watford FC

Please share:It’s less than 30 minutes from central London to the satellite town of Watford, where affordable, accessible top-flight football awaits. Nestled on the north-west fringe of London’s peripheral motorway, the M25, Watford FC makes for an easy day trip from the capital. At the time of writing, “The Hornets” are an established, mid-table Premier […]

Non-League: Tooting & Mitcham United

Please share:In the leafy South London suburbs, there’s a friendly club with a cracking ground and food to match. We popped along to Tooting & Mitcham United FC of the Isthmian Premier League, England’s seventh tier. London’s suburbs are awash with non-league clubs in cosy places, a legacy of the city’s expansion to swallow up […]

Non-League: Leyton Orient

Please share: After 112 years of league football, Leyton Orient of East London dropped down into the National League. A stone’s throw from the London (Olympic) Stadium, the new home of West Ham, a trip to Orient offers a more authentic experience than a match in the top flight. At the time of writing, Leyton […]

Football Travel Podcast: AFC Bournemouth and Northern Ireland

Please share: Coming up in Episode 14… AFC Bournemouth’s future plans (00:46): We sit down with Rob Mitchell, Commercial Director at AFC Bournemouth. The Cherries have established themselves as a comfortable mid-table Premier League team, where does the team go from here? The Story of Northern Irish Football (04.33): Benjamin Roberts is the author of […]

The World’s Oldest Fixture: The Rules Derby

Please share: Two teams gather in the lee of a leafy valley. The men in red and black are Sheffield FC of the Northern Premier League (Division One South) the eighth tier of English football, while the blues are Hallam FC of the ninth tier Northern Counties East League. But this is no ordinary pre-season […]

Football Travel Podcast: Russia and Leeds United

Please share: We travel from Siberia to Yorkshire in this edition of the Football Travel Podcast: Russia (00.36): With the Russia 2018 World Cup on the horizon, we catch up with Siberia-based football writer, Andrew Flint, and discuss the domestic scene, groundhopping for foreigners, and the elephant in the room – hooliganism. Leeds United (22.41): […]

Griffin Park Brentford FC

Football Travel: Brentford FC

Please share: We hit the leafy West London suburbs to catch a game at lively Griffin Park, home of Brentford FC. The ground will not be here for much longer if all goes to plan for the club’s new stadium, so make the most if it while you can.   You may come across a […]