Think about making a run to Newcastle — great stadium, fans and city.

My English soccer guidebook, The Groundhopper’s Guide to Soccer in England, is now for sale. But what is in it?

My goal with this whole soccer project is simple: to serve as your gateway to the world of soccer. A key part of that is the book, which I have been working towards for a few years now, and which I will update for each season. It also includes ticket sales, consulting and guiding services; here’s more on that. And I aim to some day offer more books and more services in more places than England.

I started out calling it “An American’s Guide to Soccer in England,” because (A) I’m American, and (B) I figure 95% of my readers would be, too. Then I changed the name to reflect my wider ambitions, and I started picking up non-American readers anyway.

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Right, but what is actually in the book? Well, here is the table of contents.

The Groundhopper’s Guide to Soccer in England

“Meet the clubs. See them play. Eat, drink and sing with the locals.”





Story Time: Saturday Morning Football Train

(The “Story Time” entries are little snippets from my time exploring England and its leagues, meeting its people and seeing games at its clubs. Most of them started out as blog posts on this site, so I am linking to them here as an example.)


  • A Very Brief History of Football – and “Soccer”
  • A Few Words About Some Other Words (Note: this has to do mainly with “England” vs “UK” … and cussing.)
  • The Leagues and Cups of England
  • Things You’ll Love About Seeing Soccer in England
  • Other Books You Might Want to Read
  • Some Websites to Know About
  • The “Ladies” Game
  • Flying into London

Story Time: When Ollie Came Back to The Den

Making Plans

  • The 2018-19 Schedule, Roughly
  • Good Times to Go
  • Top Derbies This Season
  • Which Games to See?
  • Getting Tickets

Story Time: Me and Fulham: A “Like” Story

At the Ground

  • My “Rules” For Attending English Soccer Games
  • Where to Sit?
  • Characters You Will Encounter
  • How to Speak Soccer
  • Some Common Songs to Know
  • Hooligans Are Not Going to Kill You

Story Time: The Oxford Boys

The Clubs

Why Some Clubs Aren’t Here – Yet

There are some 700 soccer clubs around England, and in any given season at least 92 of them are fully professional. These are in the Football League, and to visit them all – to “do the 92,” as they say – is to be a proper groundhopper. As of this writing, I have been to 51 of them.

My commitment is to not write about a club until I have seen a game there. I have also prioritized which ones to include in these ways:

  1. The entire Premier League
  2. All of the greater London Football League clubs
  3. Championship clubs around the bigger cities
  4. Clubs in a tourist location you might be going to anyway.

My other commitment is to update this thing ever year and some day find a way to get all 92 in here. Stay tuned, and keep up with my progress in my newsletter, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

In and Around London

  • Arsenal
  • Barnet
  • Boreham Wood
  • Brentford
  • Cambridge United
  • Charlton Athletic
  • Chelsea
  • Crawley Town
  • Crystal Palace
  • Fulham
  • Luton Town
  • Millwall
  • Milton Keynes Dons
  • Oxford United
  • Queens Park Rangers
  • Reading
  • Stevenage
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Watford
  • Wembley Stadium
  • West Ham United
  • Wimbledon

Story Time: Invasion of the Tartan Army

The East

  • Hull City
  • Ipswich Town
  • Norwich City

The South Coast

  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton and Hove Albion
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton

West Country and Wales

  • Bristol City
  • Bristol Rovers
  • Cardiff City
  • Cheltenham Town
  • Forest Green Rovers
  • Swansea City

West Midlands / Birmingham Area

  • Aston Villa
  • Birmingham City
  • Burton Albion
  • Stoke City
  • West Bromwich Albion
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers

East Midlands

  • Derby County
  • Leicester City
  • Nottingham Forest
  • Notts County


  • Barnsley
  • Leeds United
  • Sheffield United
  • Sheffield Wednesday

Story Time: Bouncing Owls and Barmy Blades

The Northwest / Liverpool and Manchester Area

  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Bolton Wanderers
  • Burnley
  • Everton
  • Huddersfield Town
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United

The North and Northeast

  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle United
  • Sunderland

Story Time: When I Became an Honorary Mackem


(Throw-Ins are just little boxes or sketches that didn’t fit anywhere else.)

  • Notable Derbies
  • Match of the Day: A History and Appreciation
  • “Ground” vs “Stadium”
  • Old Grounds: See ‘Em While You Can
  • The Last Day: “Total Chaos”
  • How to Read a Scoreline
  • Formations: What do all the Numbers Mean?
  • MLS vs England on the Pitch
  • Stuff America is Better At
  • Summer Soccer
  • England’s Deal With Penalties … and Germany
  • “The Magic of the Cup”
  • How to Read the Referee
  • The Magical 40-Point Line
  • Goal-Line Technology and VAR
  • Notable “Great Escapes”

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