Today I visited the home of Manchester United, Manchester City, Bolton, Blackburn, Leeds, Bradford City, and Huddersfield Town. Having been at Blackpool's grounds yesterday, I am now visually connected to many of the footie venues I'd only seen on TV.
I traveled with my guide Andy Thompson who was making the rounds in Northern England collecting donated rugby and cricket kits and equipment for needy children in Eastern Europe and Africa through an organization called SOS Kit Aid.
Old Trafford and the Reebok were the most impressive venues; however, every location had a charm of its own. Unfortunately, Sir John and Lady Patti's schedule prevents seeing any Premier teams live. The only possibility was Man Yoo hosting FC Basel in Champions League play tomorrow. There were three chances for tickets to that one: fat, slim and none.
So tonight as I watch Norwich City and Sunderland on the telly, please excuse this Yank for getting worked up at the sight of stadiums where no games were taking place. It's just that seeing the places in person where the beautiful game unfolds each week was extra special.
From Fleetwood, England, home of the Fleetwood Town Football Club (who have an impressive facility of their own) and the Fleetwood Rugby Club, I remain,
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