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Elland Road, Leeds

  Approaching Leeds by train from the west, it is hard to overlook Elland Road, as the massive, cantilevered East Stand from 1992-94 rises above everything else in sight. At the time of construction, it was the biggest cantilevered stand

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Craven Cottage

  What a contrast! The day after visiting the rather grim Den of Millwall from the 1990’s, I went with my son and my cousin to Fulham’s Craven Cottage. Beautifully located on the north bank of the Thames, in the

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Emirates, London

My first match in England was Arsenal against Manchester United at Highbury 35 years ago, so it is fitting that I end this 17-match trip around English grounds with the same fixture at Arsenal’s new ground, the Emirates. Coaches for

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Etihad stadium, Manchester

I am glad that United had secured the title before I went to the Etihad. I mean, it would have been a bit awkward to sit among City season-ticket holders and desperately want them to loose. As it was, the

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King Power stadium, Leicester

What is going wrong in the Midlands? The other week I visited Wolves, who are on the brink of becoming the first ever team to drop directly from the first to the third tier of English football – twice. Monday

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Gigg Lane, Bury

‘ The day after the premiership title has been decided, I am on my way to Gigg Lane in Bury, just outside Manchester. Not to see the local club, the Shakers, who have just been condemned to relegation from League

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Old Trafford, Manchester

There was a shade of carnivallike atmosphere around Old Trafford Monday night. With City having lost at Spurs on the Sunday, most people expected to celebrate the title. Not overjoyous, but still a feeling that it was not just an

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Loftus Road, London

Having seen Stoke as well as Queens Park Rangers losing 2-0 last weekend, I found it fitting to go to London to see them fight out a real relegation battle. Defeat for the R’s and they would be all but

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Brantingham Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy

On a rainy Thursday night without any Premier or Football League fixtures on, my friend Tim invites me to see local team Maine Road F.C. against Squires Gate in the North West Counties Football League. We get into the ground

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Boleyn Ground, London

On the road with Manchester United support again, this time to West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground in West London. After 5 ½ hours on the road, we arrive at the ground just outside the entrance of the away section. As

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