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Justin Heimburger
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Hello all! I'm headed to England this April, and wondered of some of you who live over there could help me out.

First, I'm dying to get to a Premier League game, but I hear tickets are hard to come by. Anyone have any useful suggestions as to how to go about it without spending my whole lot of cash?

Second, I'd like to get with a game group, if possible, either in London or Manchester, since I'll be visiting both of those places

Thanks a bunch!
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Look no further than London on Board when you are there, a most excellent game group which regularly meets in a pub with fine ale, food and games!

Link here - http://www.meetup.com/LondonOnBoard/

ps. a big hello to my friends at LoB
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(Hey, Dr Stu! A big hello back to you from all your friends at London on Board!)

If you want to see a Premiership game, it's probably easiest to get to a Fulham game; they're based in West London so not far from anything touristy, but tickets tend to be available for most games (possibly excluding matches against the biggest teams).

I'd guess Arsenal tickets may be available too, as they're in a sort of slump at the moment (a San Diego Chargers sized slump, not a Jacksonville Jaguars sized slump).

I've never bought tickets for a game, but it appears that you can buy them directly from the clubs' websites.
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For the football side of things, this list shows you when the different games are on: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/fixtures/d...

The London clubs are: Arsenal, Fulham, Tottenham, QPR, And Chelsea.

A bit cheaper, and easier to get tickets for, is the next league down - the Championship. Games are still really good to watch in that league and the prices/demand is generally a bit lower. here's the April fixtures:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/fixtures/d...

The London clubs there are: West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Watford. Mill wall are too but their games are sometimes a litle shall we say rough and ready to watch.

As Lloyd says, you can buy tickets from all club websites.

Games clubs? I'm less help there I'm afraid!
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Try the local English delicacies...



Alternatively, just stick to the beer.
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April is the last month of the Premiership season so there should be some high-stakes games going on. That also means they'll be selling out, though.

If you have an accurate itinerary you should be able to get the tickets well in advance directly from the clubs themselves.
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davidestall wrote:
Try the local English delicacies...



Alternatively, just stick to the beer.


You might find it's a mistake recommending our local faggots to Americans...
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Hi for the premier league fulham is your best bet
They used to have a neutrals zone and tickets are on
General sale for most if not all games from
Ticketmaster.co.uk just search for fulham.
Worth a try direct with other clubs but as noted most
Will sellout but you should be okay with fulham
Also the matches may only be on sale a month beforehand
Hope that helps
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If you want to catch premiership games when up in Manchester, you could go for Bolton Wanderers or Blackburn, both within half an hour of Manchester by train. Tickets for most games should be easy to pickup from the clubs websites, as they rarely sell out. Bolton has a dedicated train station for its stadium, Horwich Parkway.
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From a Manchester perspective:

Tickets aren't that hard to get for City, harder for United just expect to pay a lot! Really it depends on what the match is.

If you happen to be here on the 28th April you can witness the derby in all of its glory. Going to be a VERY tasty one this time!

As for things to see and do there is an absolute TON in Manchester but then I would say that. I am a tour guide there! If you let me know when you are coming I would happy to show you around. Just drop me a geek mail.
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Forget London or Manchester. You should make sure you get to York, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month, to visit the UK's premier boardgame club Beyond Monopoly!. There's also scintillating sport at York FC, and a few tickets are available but they sell out very quickly.
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davidestall wrote:
Try the local English delicacies...



Alternatively, just stick to the beer.


This one always intrigues me:


Mmmm... Goblin meat! zombie
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I agree. Beyond Monopoly is quite good. York is a charming historic city with much to recommend it too. I also agree that if it's the ultimate football experience you want - try watching York FC. Their performance has to be seen to be believed!
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The premier league is gash, you should catch a lower league game. If you're in London, check out Leyton Orient, Barnet, Brentford, AFC Wimbledon, There's loads. If you're near Manchester, Bury and Rochdale could do with your support.

Just don't go near Wigan Athletic, you'll be bored to death.
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Looking at their current squad, Wigan Athletic is indeed some sort of oxymoron.
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danmer wrote:
Mill wall are too but their games are sometimes a litle shall we say rough and ready to watch.


Surely a must-see for some good ol', violent, racist, hooligan nostalgia.
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There are several clubs in and around Manchester. We are a very friendly lot in Bolton (and as noted above, tickets to see Wanderers play are readily available and there is a train station just by the stadium).

There are also clubs in central and S Manchester. They are all on the UK FAQ page but PM me and let me know where you are staying in Manchester and if you need contacts for any of them.
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
the UK's premier boardgame club Beyond Monopoly!.


Who awards this title?
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qwertymartin wrote:
EYE of NiGHT wrote:
the UK's premier boardgame club Beyond Monopoly!.


Who awards this title?
Jon awards it himself. Obvs.

More objectively, the title clearly rests with Bolton Gnomes.
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Jon's correct about York. Come over here and we'll take you to some of the old, fascinating buildings we have (pubs, mostly) and enjoy some of the things that York is best at (pubs, mostly). And board games.

As for the Premier League, when I last visited London for a few days I went to Tottenham Hotspur. When season ticket holders can't attend they can resell their seats through the ticket office. I picked up a ticket for £40 at 24 hours notice in the main stand. The problem is that it's a sod of a ground to get to and Spurs are doing so well this season that you might be lucky to get a ticket. Fulham will be easiest to buy a ticket and get to; Chelsea and QPR will be very expensive.
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Actually, York really is a very beautiful city, well worth a visit. I usually tell people its the third best place to visit (after London and Edinburgh). And despite its slightly dodgy name, I have visited Beyond Monopoly a couple of times and it is a most excellent games club.

EYE of NiGHT wrote:
Forget London or Manchester. You should make sure you get to York, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month, to visit the UK's premier boardgame club Beyond Monopoly!. There's also scintillating sport at York FC, and a few tickets are available but they sell out very quickly.
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FC United of Manchester are also a good watch, a team created by fans in reaction to the big money modern football.
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qwertymartin wrote:
EYE of NiGHT wrote:
the UK's premier boardgame club Beyond Monopoly!.


Who awards this title?


The people. Popular sentiment carries the day.
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