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Thirty-three football grounds in seven days – Day 2, 9th September 2022: Liverpool

The evening’s match at Prenton Park between Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County was already called off last night; and soon all the league matches for the weekend, including the match at Barnsley for which we had tickets, are called off

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Thirty-three football grounds in seven days: Day 1, 8th September 2022: Manchester

It has been three years since my last football trip. So much has happened since then. Brexit, Covid, war in Europe. On top of that, my osteoarthritis now makes it hard for me to get around. So, I am a

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The cultural and material history of the English football league ground 1888-2020

“The cultural and material history of the English football league ground 1888-2020”. That is the working title of my new project. As you may know from my blogposts, I am fascinated by the way football grounds encapsulate the history of

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The 2019 Race for the Football League – Tradition vs. Entrepreneurship

The race for winning promotion to the Football League is entering its final stage, and my son Thomas and I have the perfect opportunity to compare two of the leading contenders – Leyton Orient and Salford City – as they

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Pittodrie – from gallow hill and dung yard to cemetery and football ground

It is almost surreal. It is February, the sun is beaming down, it is hot – and I am sweating on my way up the sloping Park Road in Aberdeen. A green bus stop marks the summit. Standing out against

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Tannadice – what gives a football ground character?

When I made my list of the top 24 English football grounds back in December, I was asked about the criteria. Well, they are not clear-cut. If I should nail it down to just one word, I would say “character”,

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Top English Football Ground Advent Calendar 2018: 24th December

Day 24 – Ground no. 1: Goodison Park, Everton. It is almost like an open-air museum. The Archibald Leitch stands at Bullen’s Road and Gwlady’s Street are top-drawer. The stairs, the concourse in the lower section, the wooden floor and

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Top English Football Ground Advent Calendar 2018: 23th December

Day 23 – Ground no. 2: Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday So much football ground history packed into this. The impressive Kop Stand, one of the very few stands that have kept the original embankment underneath. The first full-pitch-length cantilever stand looking very 1960’ish. The

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Top English Football Ground Advent Calendar 2018: 22nd December

  Day 22 . Ground 3: Craven Cottage, Fulham There is a reason, it is listed. THAT stand by Archibald Leitch. Well, many more ought to be so. But this is just wonderful. The Dutch renaissance-like facade with red bricks,

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Top English Football Ground Advent Calendar 2018: 21st December

Day 21 – Ground number 4: Fratton Park, Portsmouth As you walk down the Frogmore Road and see the mock-Tudor club office and the remains of the pre-Archibald Leitch stand, you know that you are in for something special. And,

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