Tuktuk Day 129

When I set out 129 days ago and after 60+ years of involvement in football in the UK, I was clear I still had a lot to learn. The 2010 cycle tour to the 92 grounds of England and Wales had taught me a lot, more than a thousand games at several hundred grounds and copious reading for more than half a century had also helped me to understand some of the reality of football in the UK. I am always happy to learn more.

I was delighted to see that “Twenty Football Towns” by Steve Leach was available again from Stanchion Books. I commend his thoughts on twenty towns that make up half the clubs of the UK. Stanchion say,

” In our world of global superstar footballers, it’s easy to forget the grassroots of a sport where loyalty to a hometown club is often rock solid – and counts for everything. Even as local communities come under threat, football fandom still pulls us together. But why is this? What is the special magic that connects towns and teams? For many of us, the local club offers it all: passion, hope, heartache, drama.

And a sense of belonging. The town where we grew up and all the places we’ve lived are the bedrock of our lives, and memories of seeing the local team play are inextricably intertwined with our sense of place and identity. Steve Leach spends a year visiting the twenty towns and clubs that are special to him.

He celebrates the distinctiveness of these places, the fascinating differences between Lincoln and Leyton, Barrow and Birmingham, Macclesfield and Morecambe – towns and teams that may not be glamorous, but they are unique and, more importantly, they are home.

The author:

Steve Leach grew up in Stockport and has lived in a number of towns and cities, mainly in the North of England, whilst pursuing a career in education. In all the places he’s lived and worked, football has provided a common thread. He’s spent many a windswept Saturday afternoon on terraces from Barrow to Birmingham, Liverpool to Leyton.”

This week I will be writing about Southend and Morecambe. I wonder whether Steve would agree!

In the meantime, kindly remember that the purpose of this 90 day challenge is to raise funds for Prostate Cancer and an equal amount for my local club, FC Deportivo Galicia. As always, I hope that you are all enjoying this tour of the UK and that you will consider a donation to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK 

If everybody chipped in with just £1, I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier at the club whilst the charity could continue its great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can donate. If you can’t any shares of this site or even this post would be gratefully received. Thanks again.


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