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

BOLDMERE ST. MICHAELS | Scoring By The Dozen

Aston Villa Ladies 0 – 12 Man United Women Trevor Brown Memorial Ground Women’s football is entering a new era in England. The league system has changed to three divisions: The FA Women’s Super League, The FA Women’s Championship and The FA Women’s National League – which is split into northern and southern sections. The FAWSL is a fully professional league, while the FAWC is … Continue reading BOLDMERE ST. MICHAELS | Scoring By The Dozen

HEARTS | Falling For Edinburgh

Hearts 1 – 0 Celtic Tynecastle Park I don’t think I’ll ever forget my 27th birthday. Not only did I spend the day looking around the immaculate gardens of Herefordshire’s Hampton Court Castle, but the days either side of it were a whirlwind of activity. London, Dover, Wrexham and Castleton (in the Peak District) were all visited before my trip to Hampton Court, which was … Continue reading HEARTS | Falling For Edinburgh

DOVER ATHLETIC | Debut Delights

My friend, Sam, and I have travelled across the country to see Wrexham’s first away game of the season for the past two campaigns. Trips to Guiseley and Maidenhead have given us plenty of stories, along with plenty of points (six in total). But, interestingly, every time we’ve visited a new place on the road with the Reds, it’s been under a different manager every … Continue reading DOVER ATHLETIC | Debut Delights

THE NEW SAINTS | Close To A Classic

The New Saints 4 – 0 KF Shkendija (Agg 4-5) Park Hall When news emerged that Welsh Premier League title-holders TNS had lost their Champions League qualifying encounter 5-0 in Macedonia, I began to think my return leg ticket purchase had been a bit rash. The £12.50 entry fee looked like good value before a ball was kicked. Macedonian football isn’t my forte but I … Continue reading THE NEW SAINTS | Close To A Classic

Meeting Your Heroes (When You’re Socially Anxious)

When I visited Birmingham for the Nature Valley Classic tennis tournament last month, I had a photo taken with double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. My friend and I had only just entered the tournament grounds – so you can imagine our excitement when we spotted her approaching us! However, our meeting with her didn’t go all too great and it made me start asking a … Continue reading Meeting Your Heroes (When You’re Socially Anxious)

NEWPORT CITY | Meeting The Women In Red

Wales Women 3 – 0 Russia Women Spytty Park I’ve been on a hype since seeing my first women’s football match last month. The blog post from that game at Birmingham City Ladies reached audience numbers I never expected and it opened my eyes to the world of women’s football: its players, its clubs and its fans. I’ve learnt so much in the space of … Continue reading NEWPORT CITY | Meeting The Women In Red

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

NEWTOWN AFC | Final Day Pandemonium

Aberystwyth Town 1 – 4 Connah’s Quay Nomads Latham Park From where I live, the small Welsh dwelling of Newtown is about 30 minutes away on the train. I had no idea it was so close, and no idea that the 131st Welsh Cup final was being played there until being tipped off by a fellow groundhopper on Twitter. The GroundHopper, to be precise. He’s a lot … Continue reading NEWTOWN AFC | Final Day Pandemonium