Below is a list of blogs that I like to read in my spare time. There are many more out there, but these are the ones that I can remember off the top of my head. The unique thing about blogging matches is that many people do it in different ways. While I like to mix culture and real ale with the match, others like to delve into the history of clubs and the significance that they play in the local community. Have a look at the blogs listed below and you won’t be disappointed.
Lost Boyos – Matt Harrison
The brainchild of Welsh brothers Matt and Marc. Readers of my blog will be more than familiar with Matt who travels all over the place with me. I first met Matt at a pre-season friendly between Radcliffe Borough and Bolton Wanderers in 2012. Since then we have travelled all over the country, and have also spent time travelling around Europe. Matt, a Swansea fan, tends to visit the same places as me, while his brother Marc has spent time in Asia and Spain meaning there are some sporadic quirkier entries.
Football: Wherever it may be – Laurence Reade
The blog of Oxford United fan, Laurence. The self titled football watcher with the clipboards, he can often be found traipsing up and down the country helping to organise groundhop weekends. His blog offers a concise yet informative account of his visit to a ground. Is the ground actually a ground, or is it not? Of course it’s a ground. It doesn’t matter whether it’s The Kassam or a village bowling green; if there’s football being played Laurence will be interested.
The Itinerant Football Watcher – Peter Miles
I have never had the pleasure of meeting Peter, but his blog is amongst my favourites. Many groundhoppers try to cram in as many matches and new venues in over the season, but Peter appears to do things differently. A Southend United season ticket holder, he juggles watching his beloved Blues with trips to far flung towns and cities I have never heard of. It is all about quality and not quantity and the blog even features Instagram style photographs too.
My Year in the Welsh League – Nicky Roberts
Quite possibly my favourite blog over the past year. Cardiff fan Nicky fell out of love with his boyhood team and decided that rather than funding the Vincent Tan regime he would spend 2015 watching 100 matches in Wales. He’s ended up watching football in luxurious places such as Blaenrhondda and Ystrad Mynach. It was at the latter where I met Nicky over the summer and have enjoyed seeing whether he would reach his target. To find out whether he did, have a look at his blog; it’s well worth a read… or a few!
A well known photographer amongst non-league circles, David has set up a breathtaking photo diary of matches in recent months. Informative and well researched pieces about clubs are broken up with incredible photography and interviews with those who make these clubs so special. If you’re not a fan of reading, this is still a must visit website as it capture the art of non-league football beautifully.
The Stadium Trotter – Sheridan Sparkes
It has been a tough time for Bashley fan Sheridan who has seen his side struggling in recent times. Perhaps this has just been since I found his blog? Like me, his love for his local non-league side has got him into groundhopping allowing him to see places not many other teenages have even heard of. Part of the new generation of groundhoppers I look forward to linking up with him one day.