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Archives: The Heart of English Football

Experiencing A Pre-Season Friendly in England: The Heart Of English Football

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Going to your team’s first pre-season friendly game is a bit like meeting up with a good mate you’ve not seen for months. You’ll be a bit out of sync at first. You make small talk about how your summer has been, have a bit … Continue reading

Experiencing The Premier League Run-In: The Heart Of English Football

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As a supporter, trying to grasp perspective during a wonderful run can be difficult. You become so immersed in your soccer team when it’s going well; reading every match report after a win, trawling through social media to sample opinions of … Continue reading

The Thrill of Chasing UEFA Champions League Qualification: The Heart of English Football

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The last time I wrote one of these columns, Everton’s season looked all but done. A 4-1 defeat in the FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal seemed to have put an end to the Toffees’ challenging for anything of note in … Continue reading

Experiencing The FA Cup Quarterfinal In Person: The Heart Of English Football

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For those readers who haven’t been to London, it’s certainly an intriguing place. It’s unfathomably vast, hugely diverse and there’s something for absolutely everybody to do. The unwavering intensity of the place means I’d personally find it difficult to settle … Continue reading

The Experience Of Attending Away Matches In London: The Heart Of English Football

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After witnessing Everton lose 1-0 to Tottenham in their recent Premier League outing in undeserved fashion, I decided to hold off on penning this piece. Not because the team had lost — I’ve fronted up previously, before you accuse me … Continue reading

Experiencing the Merseyside Derby In Person at Anfield: The Heart Of English Football

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Right, just to forewarn you all, if you’re upbeat after making it through to Wednesday and feeling pretty decent as a whole, this write-up might be best avoided; I don’t want to drag you down. We’ve got loads of brilliant … Continue reading

Experiencing The ‘Magic’ Of The FA Cup: The Heart Of English Football

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I admit it, I fell a little bit out of love with the FA Cup this past weekend. Don’t get me wrong, if Everton were to win the trophy this season I’d be celebrating until the 2015 final, but that … Continue reading

Experiencing Premier League Matches In Person During the Christmas Holidays: The Heart Of English Football

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A winter break? Say it aint so. The festive period is without doubt my favorite part of the English football calendar. Games come thick and fast, the third round of the FA Cup is on the horizon and it’s the … Continue reading

Experiencing the Thrilling Ride of Everton’s Last 2 Weeks: The Heart Of English Football

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What a week. It’s been a while since I last wrote about Everton, so let me fill you in on a wonderful few days for supporters of the club. I’d just about calmed down ahead of the home game against … Continue reading

The Merseyside Derby Experience: The Heart Of English Football

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The Merseyside Derby is a unique fixture. Granted, the ‘friendly derby’ tag is a little tired and not wholly accurate in the modern game. But supporters of Everton and Liverpool are a lot more accommodating and accepting of each other … Continue reading

The Experience Of Going to a Home Match at Everton’s Goodison Park: The Heart of English Football

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I still get those butterflies when I wake up on a match day. I remember going to my first ever game about twenty years ago and being gripped with anticipation and excitement. That feeling has never changed as I’ve grown … Continue reading

Premier League Away Day Experience At Villa Park: The Heart Of English Football

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Villa Park is one of my favorite grounds in England. It’s what you’d call a proper stadium; home to an established club and accompanied by a set of knowledgeable, passionate supporters. The home of Aston Villa has preserved so much … Continue reading

First Person Account of Everton Giving Newcastle The Monday Blues: The Heart Of English Football

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Editor’s note: Today marks the first column of a new weekly series by Matt Jones entitled ‘The Heart Of English Football’ that gives you insight into what it’s like to be a supporter who lives in England — capturing the … Continue reading