The New Book Has Its Cover
With all the crazy stuff going on in the world, I find myself clinging to any sense of normalcy I can find. And one of those things is that the annual edition of our book is actually taking shape.
It's later than usual; normally it would have come out a month or more ago, and now we anticipate it being available by the end of October. I'm sure you can imagine why.
But at least it's happening. And this week we passed a big milestone: the new cover (right) is all ready to go! Click here to learn more about it, including where all the different photos came from.
The 2020-21 edition of The Groundhopper Guide to Soccer in England will have six new club profiles in it, for a total of 68 including Wembley Stadium. The new entries are Grimsby Town, Luton Town, Oldham Athletic, Preston North End, Tranmere Rovers, and Wycombe Wanderers.
All this goes along with a complete look at this season's schedule, a history of the game, a guide to all the leagues and cups, tips on getting tickets, some of my groundhopping stories, and a whole lot more.
This is your opportunity to reserve a signed copy for yourself or a soccer fan in your life. And, as a reader of The Groundhopper, you can use the coupon code "hopper" on this page to get 20% off your order. That offer is good for this entire season.
But Can We Go To Games??
Speaking of crazy stuff happening, we had hoped to see fans return to Premier League and Football League grounds starting this weekend. Alas, last week the UK government quashed that idea, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson -- who, remember, was in intensive care with Covid-19 in the spring -- said it could be up to six months before things change. We're tracking the game-related news here.
Fans are, for now, attending games at tier seven and below, and Americans can still go to the UK with a 14-day quarantine and some regional restrictions. But one wonders how long any of that will last. It's 2020, after all. Groundhopper Alethea is tracking the travel news here.