Greetings, fellow groundhoppers.
Years ago, when the idea for this project first popped into my head, it was a simple idea: write a book explaining the world of English soccer to Americans. There are many differences between the American and English sporting cultures, and many English clubs to get to know, so I thought I would act as a guide for my fellow countrymen. That book will come out in the summer of 2018, in time for next season, and the plan is to update it for each season.
Meanwhile, I put up this blog, and people started asking for help planning trips or just deciding which game to go to. Many of them wanted tickets, and eventually I signed up with a broker so I could legally resell hospitality packages. Thus was launched my English Soccer Consulting Service, which has also included a couple of private guiding experiences in London.
Perhaps you already detect the pattern? A tiny idea was growing.
I began to think about expanding to other countries someday; in fact, I can already sell packages to many of the top European clubs. But my audience was also growing. I now have a lot of English readers who tend to join up when I write about their clubs, but I have readers and consulting clients in Canada, South Africa, even one guy from India.
So even though I am an American, the guide is no longer just for Americans. So I thought I needed a new name.
That’s why the blog and book are now called
The Groundhopper’s Guide to Soccer in England.
It speaks to the general nature of the thing, can be easily expanded to other countries, and still says what it is. Perhaps some day there will be a series of Groundhopper Guides all over the world! Who knows?
If you want to keep up, you can follow the blog and sign up for my newsletter, The Yankee Groundhopper. You can subscribe and catch back issues here. And if you want to go and have some English (or European) soccer adventures yourself, get in touch!
Meanwhile, I’ll see you at the grounds.