AFC FYLDE | New Year, Different Team

On paper, a groundhop to AFC Fylde looked unrewarding. Wrexham were aiming to halt a run of four straight defeats and record their first points of the new year against their National League promotion rivals. Meanwhile, plunging January temperatures and Northern Rail industrial action made the train ride up to Lancashire very unappealing – particularly with Shrewsbury fans heading to neighbouring Blackpool for their game … Continue reading AFC FYLDE | New Year, Different Team

CREWE ALEXANDRA | A Frantic Finale

Football hasn’t been kind to me since the turn of the year. My opening blog post came from Salford City where Wrexham were comfortably beaten and things didn’t pick up in the following games. Consecutive defeats to Dover and Bromley left me reeling for a change. And with the Reds in FA Trophy action, it provided myself – and some of the Wrexham players – … Continue reading CREWE ALEXANDRA | A Frantic Finale

SALFORD CITY | Redhead Redemption

The Boxing Day clash between National League title rivals Wrexham and Salford turned out to be a late contender of mine for game of the year. My team – the fan-owned club from North Wales – put five goals past the billionaire-owned Salford City and inflicted the Ammies’ third straight defeat in the process. I honestly couldn’t believe what I watched at the Racecourse Ground … Continue reading SALFORD CITY | Redhead Redemption

Team Of The Year 2018

Christmas is not only the season of joy but also the season of year-end lists and, once again, I’ve compiled my own list featuring the best 11 players I’ve seen on my groundhopping adventures in 2018. The formation has changed slightly – from a 3-5-2 last year to a 3-4-3 now – and is an indication of the increase in attacking prowess this year. Like … Continue reading Team Of The Year 2018

CHESTER FC | Bordering On Christmas

Right up until the morning of the game itself, I questioned whether I should go to Chester for a groundhop. Christmas had taken its toll on me at work. Extra hours, extra people and extra stress made the prospect of being amongst hoards of last-minute shoppers in Cheshire unappealing. Plus, I didn’t know if I’d have enough time to write a post afterwards. Everything felt … Continue reading CHESTER FC | Bordering On Christmas

MANCHESTER CITY | Watching The Country’s Best

Seeing Manchester City’s women’s team has been high on my agenda this season. Originally, I had plans to see them during their home Champions League encounter against Atletico Madrid in September. But spending all night walking around Yorkshire the night before (Harrogate Town | Missing Out On Glory) made the trip less enticing. A similar set of circumstances nearly curtailed my journey to see the … Continue reading MANCHESTER CITY | Watching The Country’s Best

VITORIA S.C. | A New Beginning (Where Portugal Began)

With the cold air creeping back through Britain’s streets over the course of October, my girlfriend and I started to become increasingly impatient. It had been almost 12 months since Saffron and I last travelled abroad: a trek to Germany that involved being refused entry to Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park for having dodgy tickets from Viagogo. That incident-filled getaway concluded a year where we’d … Continue reading VITORIA S.C. | A New Beginning (Where Portugal Began)

A Weekend In Shrewsbury

I’ve been living in Shrewsbury for nearly two years but over the course of a weekend, I managed to take in some new sporting experiences right on my doorstep. The first was professional tennis at The Shrewsbury Club – a place that’s attracted the world’s best players for a number of years but one I’ve never visited despite regular interest. In contrast, the second was … Continue reading A Weekend In Shrewsbury

CHESTERFIELD | Ending On A Sad Note

Chesterfield 1 – 1 Wrexham Proact Stadium When the National League fixtures were announced three months ago, I marked Chesterfield down as a top away day. The journey to the North Derbyshire market town was one of the simplest Wrexham had to make, while my friend, Tim, resided in the same county. It all added up. Heading into the fixture, my excitement only intensified when … Continue reading CHESTERFIELD | Ending On A Sad Note

EVERTON | The Late Late Show

Everton 2 – 0 Crystal Palace Goodison Park Last month, everything was perfectly set up for a groundhop in Liverpool. My friend, Brad, lived in the city, while a member of my girlfriend’s family could get us discounted Everton tickets thanks to her position at Wirral council. Circumstances changed, however, when Brad re-located to Glasgow… and then Manchester. Snap decisions like these are not uncommon … Continue reading EVERTON | The Late Late Show