English Football Travels - 1980 to 1994
Growing up in England, football was always going to be a big part of my childhood, and I took in a few games in the early 80s, firstly with family and then my father before going it alone from 1985. After moving to London in 1990, I went a little overboard with games and even had the idea of going to every football ground in the country. That idea ended after I moved away from the UK, but I've picked up a new hobby and added a few Baseball Parks and Stadiums on recent trips to the US.
There are a few stadium duplicates in there, but I've tried to add in my first visit to the stadium, as well as any memorable matches that I've also witnessed. Looking back, I went to some great stadiums, a few of which are no more. I saw some great matches with some superb players, some of whom are now considered legends. I'd love to say there was never a dull moment, but given my luck in picking matches, there definitely were.
Back then, we could decide to go to a game on a whim with no planning involved. As a kid, I could get the bus to West Bromwich, walk to the ground, stand in the Brummie Road End, get a programme and the bus home all for less than a fiver. Living in London it was a little more expensive, but we could still look at the days fixtures on a Saturday morning and decide which game we were going to see. Today, we all know the game has changed a lot, but what has changed most for me is that I wouldn't even know where to start if I wanted to watch my team from the Brummie Road again.