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10 Days Until a First in Soccer Blogging & Podcast History Begins

There’s just 10 days to go before EPL Talk visits England for what will be a first in blogging and podcast history when we report back our stories, photos and audio from the experience of watching Premiership and Champions League football.

Here’s the latest update regarding the upcoming tour of England by EPL Talk that you’ll be able to experience online. Unfortunately I’ve learned that the National Football Museum is closed on Mondays, so I won’t be able to visit the attraction in Preston on the day after the Blackburn against Spurs match.

During the nine days that I’m in England, I’m currently planning on going to five matches. But I’m contemplating the journey north from London to watch Newcastle United against Celta Vigo in the UEFA Cup at St. James’s Park (Thursday, November 23) and Liverpool against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League (Wednesday, November 22).

Tickets for the Newcastle match are available for general site from their website. Ticket prices are a reasonable 15-20 GBP ($28-$38). Right now I’m waiting to hear from a friend to see if he’s interested in going to the match (he’s a Sunderland fan, so he may have reasons not to).

Although posters to this blog have mentioned that tickets for the Liverpool against PSV Eindhoven match may be available soon for general sale, the latest update from the Liverpool site shows that you still are required to have made past ticket purchases on a fancard, which rules me out right now.

Other than those two matches, some other places I’ve considered visiting during the tour include the studios of TWI, BBC and SkySports, the flats at Highbury, the sites of some of the old football stadiums in London and what’s left of them and possibly even a Monday night reserve match near the London area.

Interestingly, Chelsea’s reserve squad plays their matches outside of the hustle and bustle of London at Aldershot Town.

While in the UK, I’ll be taking the trains from city to city. While the train schedules don’t offer me as much flexibility compared to a rental car, what it does afford me is time to write the blog and my travelogue, which I plan on publishing in the next issue of the EPL Talk Magazine.

The latest itinerary is:

Saturday, November 18
Everton v Bolton

Sunday, November 19
Blackburn v Spurs

Tuesday, November 21
Arsenal v Hamburg

Saturday, November 25
Fulham v Reading

Sunday, November 26
Manchester United v Chelsea

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  1. The Gaffer

    November 10, 2006 at 1:41 pm


    Valid points, and I can see how you or other readers may think I’m not speaking from the heart. But trust me, I am. And will continue to do so.

    My number one objective is to provide soccer fans with quality coverage of the Premier League from an American perspective.

    If I do that and continue to reach more customers, then the advertising dollars will follow to help pay the bills.

    But I’ll do so by speaking my mind and maintaining the trust I have with you, the readers.

    Since the time I launched one year ago, I’ve been shared both critical and positive comments on the podcast and blog about Fox Soccer Channel, Setanta Sports, ITVN and GolTV.

    For example, with ITVN, I was critical about the pains it took to get my set top box connected. Later I found out that the issue was with my local cable company.

    Here are the facts: ITVN was a sponsor on this site during September and October, but they’re not currently an advertiser. I do have an ITVN banner on the top of this blog, but they’re not paying for its placement. Rather, it’s an affiliate program whereby I get paid a referral bonus each time someone signs up for ITVN from my site.

    Hundreds of other sites are doing the same thing also including

    Yes, ITVN was kind enough to send me a set top box when the Setanta service launched. But that hasn’t or will not in the future have an effect of what I think or write about ITVN.

    Hopefully that addresses your concerns, and I trust that you’ll continue to visit the site and enjoy what we have to offer.

    Again, no hard feelings, and I appreciate the honesty in your questioning.

    Now let’s get back to enjoying another brilliant weekend of football!

    The Gaffer

  2. steve

    November 10, 2006 at 12:30 pm

    I see where you are coming from and I’m sure you do love Setanta and ITVN legitimately, but ITVN is an advertiser on this site now, so your opinions on the subject are automatically biased.

    Do you pay for your ITVN subscription? If you don’t (or get a discount), then you really aren’t coming at it from the perspective of the rest of us.

    If you started having a lot of problems with ITVN, would you share them here? If you did, you might risk losing the ad revenue.

    Sometimes you have to make a choice — do I try to make money with this, or do I stay true to my heart and blog exactly what I think?

    Obviously from a reader’s standpoint, I’d prefer the latter, but if I was you I can’t say I wouldn’t try to take the site’s success into some revenue. You obviously work hard at this and have a great site — why shouldn’t you reap the benefits of that?

    Perhaps in the case of ITVN, you really do love the service and it just so happens that they want to advertise with you. BUT, that’s not always going to be the case, AND it is difficult for us as readers to know whether a post regarding ITVN or Setanta is an ad or actually your opinion (or both).

  3. Anonymous

    November 9, 2006 at 11:18 am

    Gaffer, you have a great site, you enthusiasm is for the sport is appreciated and your blog is a must read for me every day.

    I’m even more impressed by your response to Steve’s comments above.

    Keep up the great work!

  4. The Gaffer

    November 8, 2006 at 9:42 pm


    Thanks for the feedback and honest criticism. Regarding the pomp, I’m really excited about this project (as you and the readers can probably tell) and it *is* a first in blogging, so why not point it out?

    I’m also an avid fan of ITVN, so why should I hide my enthusiasm? Without the service, I’m unable to get Setanta Sports – which, right now, is the source for the majority of British football in America.

    Sure, I could tone both things down a bit, but I’m just expressing how I feel.

    No worries, though. You’re obviously expressing how you feel, and I appreciate the two-way flow of communication.

    The Gaffer

  5. steve

    November 8, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    Is it really necessary to talk about your own accomplishments with this much pomp? (“a FIRST in Soccer Blogging!”)

    I love this site but it really irks me when I have to put up with self-indulgent posts like this.

    (Same goes for your absurdly selfish so-called “love” for ITVN)

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