Watford FC Vicarage Road

Football Travel: Watford FC

It’s less than 30 minutes from central London to the satellite town of Watford, where affordable, accessible top-flight football awaits. Nestled on the north-west fringe of London’s peripheral motorway, the M25, Watford FC makes for an easy day trip from the capital. At the time of writing, “The Hornets” are an established, mid-table Premier League […]

Non-League: Tooting & Mitcham United

In the leafy South London suburbs, there’s a friendly club with a cracking ground and food to match. We popped along to Tooting & Mitcham United FC of the Isthmian Premier League, England’s seventh tier. London’s suburbs are awash with non-league clubs in cosy places, a legacy of the city’s expansion to swallow up formerly […]

Football Travel Podcast: The Jewish Community in English Football plus the Merseyside Derby

The Jewish Community in English Football (01:03): We talk to Anthony Clavane, author of Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? to discuss the role of Jews in English football, particularly their association with Tottenham Hotspur. The History of the Merseyside Derby (11:55): Football writer Peter Thornton, film maker and board member of the Lancashire Football […]

Non-League: Leyton Orient

After 112 years of league football, Leyton Orient of East London dropped down into the National League. A stone’s throw from the London (Olympic) Stadium, the new home of West Ham, a trip to Orient offers a more authentic experience than a match in the top flight. At the time of writing, Leyton Orient is […]

Football Travel Podcast: AFC Bournemouth and Northern Ireland

Coming up in Episode 14… AFC Bournemouth’s future plans (00:46): We sit down with Rob Mitchell, Commercial Director at AFC Bournemouth. The Cherries have established themselves as a comfortable mid-table Premier League team, where does the team go from here? The Story of Northern Irish Football (04.33): Benjamin Roberts is the author of Gunshots and […]

The World’s Oldest Fixture: The Rules Derby

Two teams gather in the lee of a leafy valley. The men in red and black are Sheffield FC of the Northern Premier League (Division One South) the eighth tier of English football, while the blues are Hallam FC of the ninth tier Northern Counties East League. But this is no ordinary pre-season friendly between […]

Football Travel Podcast: Russia and Leeds United

We travel from Siberia to Yorkshire in this edition of the Football Travel Podcast: Russia (00.36): With the Russia 2018 World Cup on the horizon, we catch up with Siberia-based football writer, Andrew Flint, and discuss the domestic scene, groundhopping for foreigners, and the elephant in the room – hooliganism. Leeds United (22.41): We catch […]

Fratton Park Portsmouth

Football Travel: Portsmouth FC

  Following “Pompey” must be a rollercoaster ride. A team once picking up silverware in the Premier League is now in the lower echelons of English football. We went to historic Fratton Park to see a club on its way back from the wilderness.   “When Sol went up to lift the FA Cup, we […]

Griffin Park Brentford FC

Football Travel: Brentford FC

We hit the leafy West London suburbs to catch a game at lively Griffin Park, home of Brentford FC. The ground will not be here for much longer if all goes to plan for the club’s new stadium, so make the most if it while you can.   You may come across a pub quiz […]

Football Travel: Tottenham Hotspur

Another season, another long farewell to one of London’s iconic football grounds. 2016-17 season will be Spurs’ last at White Hart Lane before possibly moving into Wembley for a term while its new stadium is completed. I made my tenth visit to Spurs’ home for the last cup tie in soon-to-be-demolished White Hart Lane. What comes […]

Football Travel Podcast: QPR and Rayo Vallecano

      In this episode we travel down London’s Central Line to Shepherds Bush to talk Queens Park Rangers and get the low down on Madrid’s third club, Rayo Vallecano.   Queens Park Rangers (00:48): We talk to QPRPod co-founder David Fraser about West London club Queens Park Rangers. Why is this wealthy club […]

Football Travel: Arsenal FC

  The Gunners’ famous Emirates Stadium looks like it came from outer space and landed in red brick Holloway housing. Since moving from its Highbury home, Arsenal has swelled its average attendances, if not its trophy cabinet. Here’s how to visit Arsenal FC. Arsenal is one of England’s most famous clubs, and has not been […]

The New Den Millwall

Football Travel: Millwall FC

As the mist rolls in from the Thames, we step into the Lions’ Den with a visit to the famous Millwall FC.   The very sound of the word “Millwall” conjures up impressions for football fans. According to research, this is more often than not a negative impression. Ask any away fan visiting The Den […]

Dulwich Hamlet Rabble

Football Travel Podcast: Dulwich Hamlet and Manchester United Away

We venture to South London and abroad with Manchester United in this episode of the Football Travel podcast:   Dulwich Hamlet (00:44): There’s a lot going on at Champion Hill, South London, home of Isthmian League Premier Division side Dulwich Hamlet. We catch up with Duncan Hart, chair of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust, to […]

Football Travel: Queens Park Rangers FC

We pay a visit to atmospheric Loftus Road, Shepherds Bush, home of the Super Hoops, Queens Park Rangers.   Here’s a bit of football trivia for you. Which English football club has moved grounds more times than any other? The answer is Queens Park Rangers, having moved nearly 20 times. QPR has been at its […]