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The Groundhopper

ISSUE #51 - July 31, 2019

Say Hello to the New Book

Today is one of my favorite days in the life of a book.

It's a hell of a life, really. It starts with an inspiration, then there is all this fun research and writing, and then there's some not-so-fun times like when you convince yourself you need to go to Gillingham on a rainy Tuesday night because, hey, somebody else might decide to do the same thing ... some day.

Then there's all the time sitting at home, writing, hoping somebody might actually read this stuff one day. And then there's the money. But let's not talk about the money.

And then one day you get an email from your designer saying Here's the final file to send to the printer. The actual printer (!) who will send an actual book (!) for me to review, and then many more for me to mail out to people who might, you know, actually read it.

Today is that day: Going to the Printer Day. That means we are creeping up on two more excellent days: New Books in Hand Day and Readers Get Their Copies in the Mail Day.

Meanwhile, here are some introductions to the 2019-20 edition of The Groundhopper's Guide to Soccer in England:

And then there's the all-important page -- the one where you can reserve your own signed copy of the book -- as well as the all-important coupon code, 2020, which will get you 20% off your entire order, and which I have decided to extend until August 15.

And don't forget, there is also a Kindle version this year!

Watch for that, plus the print version, online soon. Or just reserve one from me today!

From the Groundhopper Guides YouTube Channel

Someday Everton FC in Liverpool is going to tear down and replace Goodison Park, which I suppose makes good business sense and will help them compete and is inevitable, et et cetera et cetera. But I will miss the Grand Old Lady with her posts in the way and her church next door and her pubs within stumbling distance of her turnstiles.

Here are the teams coming out for a game last season, to the traditional theme song from Z Cars, an old British cop show. Get there while you still can!


New Ticket Broker Comes Online

Since the last Groundhopper, I have signed up with a second ticket broker for my ticket and hospitality services. This means I have more availability and more options at some of the bigger clubs.

Among the new choices I can now offer at big Premier League outfits:

  • Lower-tier seats at Liverpool with access to the Reds Bar. One is right next to The Kop.
  • Lower-tier seats at Chelsea, with pregame food and drink included.
  • Two options at (new for me) Leicester City!
  • Lower-tier in the Stretford End at Manchester United.

Attention Groundhoppers! I Want To Hear From (and Travel With) You!

Aside from reading the Groundhopper, keeping up with my blog, getting a book and maybe asking about some tickets, how can you be involved in the Groundhopping experience?

Here are two ways:
  • Join a "Groundhop" Tour over the holidays. Get in touch for more info, or just keep reading here.
  • Contribute to a "Reader's Report" like these already on my blog. Send me some pictures, tell me a little about your day, and I'll feature you on the blog and in a future issue of the Groundhopper.
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