The Ole Ballcoach in England

So I am in England with my wife Karen — for a wonderful 8 day vacation before I meet our soccer Club Carmel FC for a fabulous 9 day adventure of training with London clubs QPR, Tottenham, Fulham and more. Here’s the Carmel FC Itinerary. We have tickets for Chelsea vs Aston Villa, Fulham vs West Ham and maybe Arsenal vs Leeds United. Along with the England Women vs Brazil game Thur night.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are traditionally London’s most successful teams. Between them, they have won a total of 103 titles and trophies. Wembley Stadium, England’s national stadium, is in London – many of us have tickets to the Women’s England vs Brazil game there on Thursday night I believe.  A nice chance to see perhaps the top team expected to rival the US in the Women’s World Cup in July Down Under is Euro Champ England. 

Fulham Football Club is London’s oldest professional football club, having been established in 1879. The Chelsea/Fulham area where we are staying is one of the richest neighborhoods in London with lots of shops, restaurants and famous celebrities like Hugh Grant, Andy Hamilton, Chef Philip Harben and footballer Frank Lampard.  Things to do in Fulham.  Funny fact so we are staying right next to Chelsea’s Stadium Stamford Bridge (Est 1905) which is in Fulham. Craven Cottage (1879) Fulham’s home stadium just a few miles away is in Chelsea. 

Fulham has been deemed Fulham America by US Soccer Supporters as they have traditionally had the most American players since 1999 in the EPL from GK Marcus Hahnemann to Kasey Keller, Brian Mcbride, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey to current American Centerback Tim Ream is the team’s Captain and at 35 is having the season of his life. American Antonee (Jedi) Robinson also plays for the Cottagers. They are currently in the top 10 after just joining the league again this season.

3.24.23 – 3.25.23

So we landed in Liverpool Friday and headed to Wrexham FC to see the stadium made famous by Ryan Reynold’s & Rob McCallaney We are Wrexham TV show on FX. They were in town but we didn’t see them and unfortunately couldn’t get seats for the game on Saturday as they were overcapacity 10K plus sellout for the win. We did meet Wayne Jones the Owner of the Turf Pub – great guy – great little pub !! We visited the Stadium Shop and bought a Jersey for just $35.

Just outside Gate 8 — over by the Pub Pics from Wrexham FC in Wrexham, Wales

Shane holding Everton’s Only European Champion Trophy from back in 1986. Repping the Indy 11 and CFC.
Shane screaming from the Coaches box at Everton. Come on Timmy Howard – make the save!!
Look at the pitch and the grading on the grass — you can barely see the other side from the benches – as the crown is too high. Goodison Park at Everton Football Club. One of the original 8 clubs to start the English Soccer League and the first club to put #s on their jersey’s in 1932. Everton is less than 1/2 mile from Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium. The site where Everton moved from over 70 years ago. Pics from Everton’s Goodison Park in Liverpool

Just a Half Mile Walk from Goodison Park to Anfield Stadium

Pics from Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium

Karen and Shane at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium – we hoped to tour the grounds but their was an oldtimer’s game going on with Celtic FC so we went to Everton’s tour instead. :(.

Just a few more trophies on the Wall at Anfield.

Gerrard Bench at Anfield


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