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

FOREST GREEN ROVERS | A Weekend Washout

Forest Green Rovers 1 – 0 Crawley Town The New Lawn Forest Green Rovers have been on my groundhop shopping list for a while. They’re renowned for being the only vegan football club in the world – no meat or dairy is available on matchdays, their pitch is organic and the stadium is powered entirely by solar energy. A vegan menu, at an eco-friendly club … Continue reading FOREST GREEN ROVERS | A Weekend Washout

BIRMINGHAM CITY | Learning About The Ladies

Birmingham City Ladies 1 – 1 Reading Women St. Andrew’s At the start of the season, I watched a documentary about women’s football that left me yearning to see a ladies’ game. My girlfriend, Saffron, had recommended it to me after it sparked a similar desire in her too. The feature, called When Football Banned Women, revisited the time when some of the UK’s top … Continue reading BIRMINGHAM CITY | Learning About The Ladies

DERBY COUNTY | Promotion Party Poopers

Derby County 3 – 1 Cardiff City Pride Park Despite the two clubs being a sizeable distance apart, a rivalry has steadily built up between Derby and Cardiff over recent weeks. It stemmed from the decision to call off the original fixture between the pair last month because of snow. Derby said that their pitch was playable but the areas surrounding their stadium were a … Continue reading DERBY COUNTY | Promotion Party Poopers

ASTON VILLA | Convincing A Friend To Like Football

Aston Villa 1 – 0 Cardiff City Villa Park Heading into this top-of-the-table clash between Aston Villa and Cardiff, my mate told me: “If I don’t see a goal, I’m never going to a football game again.” That could seem like a harsh reaction but bear in mind, his first match was the goalless draw between Stoke and Watford in January… You can decide if … Continue reading ASTON VILLA | Convincing A Friend To Like Football

WALSALL | A Changing Of The Guard

Walsall 0 – 1 Portsmouth Bescot Stadium A few weeks back, news emerged of Jon Whitney being sacked at Walsall. It was news I’d been fearing, as I could only see one man taking his place: Wrexham manager Dean Keates. Keates absolutely loves Walsall. I’ve always believed it’s the only club he loves more than Wrexham. He came up through the youth ranks there, having … Continue reading WALSALL | A Changing Of The Guard

STOKE CITY | Going Back To University

Stoke City 0 – 0 Watford bet365 Stadium It’s been nearly a decade since I first started university in Stoke-on-Trent. I learnt a lot during my three years there but my increased knowledge came in the module of life more than anything my course actually taught me. I didn’t really enjoy my stay too much. Most of my early days were spent feeling either depressed … Continue reading STOKE CITY | Going Back To University

BLACKBURN ROVERS | Away Day Blues

Blackburn Rovers 3 – 1 Shrewsbury Town Ewood Park Just before Christmas, I put a suggestion to my friend at work that we should go see a Shrewsbury Town game on the road. Toby is a big Salop fan but is also a fellow football nut. We’re always discussing goals, games, news and results at work from all kinds of different leagues and clubs. Shrewsbury … Continue reading BLACKBURN ROVERS | Away Day Blues

WOLVES | Watching Different Reds

Wolves 0 – 0 Swansea Molineux The FA Cup third round is a big occasion on the footballing calendar. Teams of such varying wealth, form and history can be pitted together with the threat of an upset only 90 minutes away. However – with just a single place separating the two teams in the football pyramid – the tie between Championship table-toppers Wolves and the Premier … Continue reading WOLVES | Watching Different Reds

WEST BROM | Ending The Year With A Bang

West Brom 1 – 1 Arsenal The Hawthorns What do you get an Arsenal fan for Christmas? Tickets to see them play on New Year’s Eve, of course. My girlfriend’s stepdad, Phil, is a Gooner and we treated him and Saffron’s mom to this very experience. The only snag was we’d all be sitting in the West Brom end… Nonetheless, he seemed excited at the … Continue reading WEST BROM | Ending The Year With A Bang