Twenty-five years ago this week, FrontRowSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis journeyed to London to pursue ambitious project: write about English soccer, sometimes with local flavor, other times with a U.S. twist. He wound up attending seven matches over 12 days in all four professional leagues. He wrote the stories for Soccer New York, a print publication, in January 1996.
As it turned out, this series will come at a time when crowds in London have been forbidden due to the discovery of a mutated and stronger strain of COVID-19. FrontRowSoccer.com already had planned to re-post this series as it comes on the 25th anniversary of this trip.
Here is the schedule of stories:
* Monday, Dec. 21 – Two overviews of London soccer and the trip
* Tuesday, Dec. 22 – Leyton Orient
* Wednesday, Dec. 23 – Wimbledon
* Saturday, Dec. 26 – Arsenal
* Wednesday, Dec. 30 – Brentford
* Friday, Jan. 1 – Millwall
* Friday, Jan. 1 – Tottenham
* Saturday, Jan. 2 – Queens Park Rangers
Yes, Lewis managed to attend a pair of matches in London on the same day, first as a member of the media at Millwall during the day and then at Tottenham Hotspur as a spectator at night.
The series will begin Monday, Dec. 21 with an overview of the trip and coverage.