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Turf Wars: A History of London Football

Turf Wars: A History of London Football

This book went on my wish list and moved to the top of the pile when a copy ended up in my hands thanks to a huge Chelsea supporter.

The premise of the book is daunting as is stated in the title: A History of London Football. The author is very comprehensive, taking the reader from the early days of the pre-cursors of the Football League in the 19th century all the way to the 2015/16 season. There are even clubs in there that I had never heard of before.

I have to admit that the book can be a little dry at times. Covering over a 125 years of football is a big ask. Besides the nomadic nature of most clubs in the early, the book touches on key moments, either of a club’s location or success on the pitch. The first two-thirds or so would take multiple readings for me as I am not as familiar with those times but the last section of the 90s to the most recent seasons was really interesting.

Not a book for everyone. I might have focused more on the big teams, but if you want an expansive history of football played in London, this is the book for you.


For more book review, check out my Recommended Reading page.

An American’s Guide to Soccer in England


An American’s Guide to Soccer in England

English groundhopper Paul Gerald came back on the SoccerNomad podcast to recap his latest trip to the UK. Paul hit Watford, Tottenham, West Ham, Bristol and others as he gathers material for his upcoming book, An American’s Guide to Soccer in England. Paul provided some great insight and tips for fans interesting in going to matches. He plans to have his book out in the summer of 2017, so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, check out his blog English Soccer Guide and follow him on twitter @authorpaulg.


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ATL Spurs


ATL Spurs podcast

Matt Gragg, Vice President of ATL Spurs, and I talked about Tottenham Hotspur on the latest SoccerNomad podcast. From the formation of the club to the origins of the Supporters Group to the big win against City to kits and the new stadium, we discussed a lot about the Lilywhites. If you have love Spurs or want to experience a great game day atmosphere, join ATL Spurs at Meehan’s Atlantic Station.

Find out more about the group at their website and on twitter (@ATLSpurs). Look them on facebook as well.

My post on the 2000/01 Spurs away kit can be found here on the SoccerNomad blog.tottenham_hotspur_2000-2001-change


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Atlanta Supporter Groups



I’ve been in Atlanta for over two years and have run into tons of passionate and knowledgeable soccer fans, many of whom have formed official and unofficial supporters groups for their favorite clubs. I started jotting down a list and was surprised how many teams were represented throughout the city. Below is what I’ve come up with so far. If I missed a group or got something wrong, let me know.




English Premier League
Team Nickname Twitter Facebook Bar
Arsenal (Official) ATL Gooners @ATLGooners Facebook Brewhouse
Chelsea (Official) ATL Blues @ATLBlues  Facebook Hudson FC
Chelsea GA Blues @georgia_blues Facebook Ri Ra
Crystal Palace Crystal Palace ATL @CPFC_ATL Facebook Fado Buckhead
Everton (Official) ATL Evertonians @atlevertonians Facebook Fado Buckhead
Leicester Atlanta Foxes @LCFCAtlanta Facebook Brewhouse
Liverpool (Official) LFC ATL @LFCAtlanta Facebook Meehans Downtown
Manchester City ATL Cityzens @MCATLCityzens Facebook Brewhouse
Man Utd (Official) ATL MUFC @atlmufc Facebook Fado Midtown
Man Utd (Unofficial) MUFC ATL (Brew Crew) @ManUtdScAtl  Facebook Brewhouse
Swansea Atlanta Jacks @Atlanta_Jacks Facebook Meehans Vinings
Tottenham (Official) ATL Spurs @ATLSpurs Facebook Meehans Atlantic Station
West Ham (Official) Atlanta Ironworks @IronsAtlanta Facebook Brewhouse
Team Nickname Twitter Facebook Bar
Bayern Munich (Official) Mia San ATL @miasanatl  Facebook Der Biergarten
FC Barcelona FC Barcelona Atlanta @barca_atl Facebook Fado Buckhead
Real Madrid (Official) Madridistas ATL @MadridistasATL Facebook Olde Blind Dog
South America
Supporter Group Twitter Facebook Bar
Corinthians Fiel Torcida USA @FielAtlanta Facebook
Atlanta United FC
Supporter Group Twitter Website
Footie Mob @FootieMob Website Midway
Resurgence @ResurgenceATL Website Brewhouse
Terminus Legion @TerminusLegion Website Fado Buckhead
Faction @TheFactionATL Website Fado Midtown
Atlanta Silverbacks
Supporter Group Twitter Facebook Bar
Westside 109 ATLWestside109 Facebook
Atlanta Ultras AtlantaUltras Facebook
Georgia Revolution
Supporter Group Twitter Facebook Bar
The Uprising @TheUprisingRevs Facebook
United States National Teams
Supporter Group Twitter Facebook Bar
America Outlaws ATL @atlantaoutlaws Facebook RiRa


Strip Club–DFK Edition

Spurs first came to my attention because of David Ginola. Ginola had a couple of decent seasons at Newcastle before moving to London.  While at Spurs he produced this against Barnsley in the FA Cup.  In the summer of 2000, the Frenchman moved to Aston Villa, which did not please him.


A friend of mine is a big fan and I started watching more of their games during the Berbatov/Keane partnership, and the Spurs became one of my many second teams.

As I reviewed the roster and results for the 2000/01 season,  I encountered several familiar names—Ian Walker, Sol Campbell, Stephen Carr, Chris Armstrong, Darren Anderton, Tim Sherwood, Les Ferdinand, Steffen Iversen, Serhiy Rebrov, Øyvind Leonhardsen, and Ledley King.  Even came across Matthew Etherington, who bounced around the EPL.


Despite some pretty talented players, the Spurs struggled in the league finishing 12th.  The club also had to deal with managerial change as George Graham was fired in March and replaced by club legend Glenn Hoddle.  The League Cup did not provide any solace as the Lilywhites crashed out in third round to Birmingham City.  The one bright spot of the season was Semi-Final FA Cup run, which ended at the hands of London rivals Arsenal.  The Gunners won the match, played at Old Trafford, with goals from Viera and Pires overturning Gary Docherty’s opener.

The season also marked the 40th anniversary of the club’s historic Double season.  In doing some quick research, I learned that the team won 15 of their first 16 games, and won 22 of their 25 league fixtures from August to the end of year, with two draws and one loss.  The Spurs finished ahead of Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton to claim the First Division and then beat Leicester City 2-0 at Wembley to complete the first Double since the Aston Villa side of 1896–97.

As for the away kit for the 2000/01 season, in reviewing their shirts over the years, I learned that navy blue used as used as the away kit from 1953 until 1969, switching to yellow and sky blue.  Navy blue returned as a third kit for 86/87 season and has been used sporadically since then.



I just love the navy blue with the three adidas stripes along shoulders.  The white accents along the rib cage are a nice touch as well.  Combined with the white shorts and socks, this was a nice looking strip.  Shirts ran slightly larger in those days so I would probably need to get a size smaller than usual.  One day when I win the lottery I might pick one up.


Thanks to Classic Football Shirts and Historical Football Kits for pics and information.

Lansing Kit Nerd September 2014

Mid-Michigan United recently got together to watch Major League Soccer (MLS).  The Watch Party also served as another Kit Nerd gathering (previous event found here).  With the game between the Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls delayed by almost 90 minutes due to rain, it gave everyone a chance to chat a little more plus catch the end of the Madrid Derby.  Here are some of the pictures from our afternoon at Peppino’s.

Austin Long (FCB Centenary Kit) and Shawna Henderson (Real Madrid Home 03/04)


Dan Zolkowski (Manchester United Home 13/14)


Cedrick Heraux (Ebbsfleet United Home 08/09?)


Paul Morley (Tottenham Hotspur 3rd 12/13)


Matt Schartow (Club Cienciano Home Year Unknown)


A great afternoon of drinks, footy and college football.  Hoping to bring Kit Nerd to Atlanta in the coming months.

MatchDay Memory–Summer 2013 Part Four: Labor Day Weekend

As summer came to a close, I checked another MLS stadium off my list. The last time I went to a Fire game, they were still playing at Solider Field before the remodel.  I used to go at least once a year, usually when they played DC United, and I was interested to see Toyota Park, as this was another in the line of soccer specific stadia helping to promote the MLS. So my family went to Chicago over Labor Day weekend to do some sight seeing and check out the Fire.

On the train ride in I listened to a recent Beyond the Pitch episode on the team and their struggles both on and off the field.  The pod dealt with the recent PR firestorm started by the Communications Director before moving on to the current Mike Magee for MVP campaign and ended with what the further might hold for the Windy City club.

Sunday started with the 7:30am CT kick off of Liverpool and Manchester United.  I went to Fado Chicago and the place was absolutely stuffed with people, mostly of the Merseyside persuasion.  Sturridge’s early goal was met with tons of support, which continued until the dying moments when the Reds from Liverpool nervously held on.

The match encapsulated many of the recent frustrations of United.  RvP being insolated; Giggs not providing any impact; Young continuing to be a turnover machine; and the Red Devil attack lacking sharpness.  As I write this, United are supposedly wrapping up the Ander Herrara signing.  Nice player; doesn’t solve the problem.

As for Liverpool, match couldn’t have gone any better.  Early goal protected by an organized team that worked their proverbial socks off.  Coutinho was quite good in the first half, and with more signings made at the close of the window, maybe the club has really turned the corner.

I caught the first half of North London Derby.  Cheeky finish from Giroud but not much else from the Gunners.  Felt that Spurs had the better of the game and probably should have gotten at least a point.

At halftime, I went and grabbed some beers for my trip on the Fire Bus.  These are coaches that go around bars in Chicago, pick up fans and take them to the games.  Fantastic idea.  We all hopped on the bus, cracked open a cold one, and sat back on the road to Bridgeview.  I shared a Rolling Rock with a Frenchmen in front of me, who was in town for a conference.  We chatted about Lyon and Les Bleus and MLS.

chi mmu shirt

The bus dropped up off at the Section 8 tailgate.  $5 all you can eat Mexican and $1 PBR’s.  Yes please.  I chatted with a couple of supporters and they were very welcoming.  Then it was off to the club store, where I picked up a nice scarf.

chi tailgate

Upon entering the arena, Toyota Park seemed similar to Crew Stadium, with a ring of concessions and standing areas surrounding the lower bowl and a Party Deck at one end of the ground. A couple of differences were the height and coverage of the upper stand.  Toyota Park only had one proper upper level and it was covered unlike Crew Stadium.  This was a big factor as the temperature was near 90 on a sunny day.  My phone died at kick off, so I was unable to get many pics inside the stadium.  FAIL!! Special mention should be made that the match was featured as Hispanic Hertiage Day, and we sat just above Sector Latino, where a hardcore group made noise the entire game.

On a brutally hot day, the hosts started the match strongly but almost went down early as Will Bruin slipped past a defender but Fire netminder Thompson made the early save.  Chicago created more chances as Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall had to scramble away an opportunity from Magee and saved a near post chance from Rolfe. The Fire’s dominance finally paid off 37 minutes in as Jeff Larentowicz nodded in a corner kick which gave Hall no chance.

Chicago continued to create chances in the second half but couldn’t find the insurance goal.  Houston rolled the dice late in the match, pushing players forward with Cam Weaver going up top and Andrew Weaver doing a nice job stretching the field on the left side and delivering service.  Time was ticking away and Ashe’s backheel freed Moffat who drilled it into the upper 90 to level the game.  Chicago had one last chance as Magee whipped in a free kick that Anibaba headed on frame that produced a great save from Hall.

In the end, the Fire dominated the game but dropped two vital points in their playoff chase.  Nine game games remain and currently they are on the outside looking in.  With only three home games remaining, chances are not good. Chicago have won eight and drawn two of their 14 matches at Toyota Park, with only two wins on the road.  Perhaps the key match will be their home game on 9/14 against New England, who site just above the Fire in the table.

As for Houston, the point keeps them ahead of Fire and in control of their own destiny for the fifth place.  The Dynamo were without Ricardo Clark, and I felt that Adam Moffat had little impact on the match until his equalizer.  I also noticed that Brad Davis played wide, and I don’t know if that is normal or not.  Having watched Houston twice this season, I have to say that I am a little underwhelmed.  Technically not that great and their defense seems fragile.  They may scrape into the playoffs but don’t see them doing any damage.

The Section 8 website has some decent merch for sale, especially scarves, and does a decent job of laying out all of the different media options to support the club, including blogs and podcasts.  I checked out the On the Fire recap of the game and Scott Fenwick saw many of the same things I did in terms of tactics and personnel.  His infographic on the possession throughout the game was quite revealing and he had some strong words regarding the perfomances of Chris Rolfe this season.  Also, if you get a chance check out the Matchbook Zine, in particular the 15th Annivesary Edition. Great interview and some fascinating insight into the formation of the club.