Really, the title of this post should be something more like, “Why insisting on seeing the big Premier League clubs in London, Liverpool and Manchester makes you miss so much that’s great about English soccer.” I was reminded of this once again when, during my latest research tour in England, I went to three games […]
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Here's everything I've written about Villa -- the stadium, the club, the city, and matches I've seen them play.
(A post from early in my travels, a November 2014 visit to Aston Villa) As it usually does, the singing started on the train. Spurs fans were singing how much they hate Arsenal, though they were about to play Aston Villa, and Villa fans were singing how much they hate Birmingham, even though they were about […]
One of the most amazing things about seeing soccer in England is that stadiums which host top-flight players in one of the world’s greatest leagues are often right in the middle of some residential neighborhood — and the fans are right on top of the pitch. Nowhere is this more in evidence than at Loftus […]
I’ve been to 80 games at 54 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 […]