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The Groundhopper

ISSUE #72 - October 2, 2020

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.

Videos: Stadiums All Over England

If we can't go to these places in person, let's at least have a look at them. I found a YouTube channel that is all about the stadiums (stadia?) of the world, and they have this one showing all the Premier League grounds for 2020-21. To see the rest, all the way down to the fifth-tier National League, check the blog.


Check Us Out On YouTube

We've got dozens of videos on our YouTube channel featuring supporters singing and celebrating goals, the atmosphere inside the stadiums, and behind-the-scenes stadium tours, as well as "in-house" videos like trivia, favorite in-game moments, hospitality packages, and a series I call "Beyond the Big Six."

The videos are now organized by playlist, so check out this introductory blog post, and please consider subscribing! It's free!

ESPN+ Rocks for Soccer Viewing

There are many ways to watch soccer on a screen, but for me, the best place to start in the US is ESPN+. They show a couple of games weekly from the Championship, all the German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A, and all of MLS. They also have the entire FA Cup and League Cup.

The $4.99 a month is well worth it. Full disclosure: that's an affiliate link, which means I may receive a commission if you make a purchase after clicking the link.

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