Walking from the train station to the Amex, home of Brighton and Hove Albion FC.

Is it just me, or is planning a trip one of the most exciting parts of the whole thing?

For me, putting together a soccer tour of England is just a thrill a minute — not only getting excited about the games I’ll see, but figuring out all the pieces like deciding where to stay, which games to hit, how to move around, which tours to work in, etc.

Que sera sera, whatever will be will be, I’m going to Wem-ba-lee!

And having seen 54 games at 80 different grounds, I am getting pretty good at this process. Here is the plan for the next adventure:

  • October 26, 2018, arrive at Heathrow, take the bus to Cheltenham on the edge of the Cotswolds. Because London on Jet Lag Day is a bit much.
  • October 27, see Cheltenham Town host Stevenage in some League Two action. Afterwards, take the train to Manchester
  • October 28, see Burnley host Chelsea in the Premier League — my second trip to Turf Moor, but on the first occasion I didn’t check out much beyond the game.
  • October 29, take the train to London and see Manchester City play Tottenham at Wembley. A fairly big occasion.
  • October 30, drop down four levels to the National League to see Bromley host Braintree Town in South London. (Here’s a guide to all the leagues and cups ofEnglish soccer.)
  • October 31, chill in London, perhaps sample its Halloween experience.
  • November 1, chill in London.

Villa Park in Birmingham

  • November 2, take the train to Birmingham and see Aston Villa host Bolton Wanderers
  • November 3, train to Liverpool, see Everton host Brighton from their hospitality seating, then hop a train to Wigan.
  • November 4, see Wigan Athletic host Leeds United, then take a train to London
  • November 5, fly out of Heathrow.

Yes, I like to get around. I mean, once I’m there, I like to make the most of it. It’s the same kind of thing that I’ll offer on my first-ever public tour, which is happening over the holidays. Get in touch if you want to know more about that.

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And, as always, if you want help planning your own adventures, I would love to pitch in!

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