Taste of English Football Fan Trip Returns from UK

Thursday, March 7th, 2012

Seacoast United’s "Taste of English Football" returned to the US on Thursday evening after spending 6 days in London, England on the annual fan trip that highlights English professional games.  The group of 20 saw three fantastic matches during their time in the UK, as well as enjoying  sightseeing in the London area. 

Escaping during last Thursday’s snowstorm and arriving to mild 50 degree temperatures in England’s capital on Friday, the group travelled northwest on Saturday for the heated derby match between Seacoast United’s sister club Oxford United and rival Swindon Town.

 

Seacoast United’s "Taste of English Football" returned to the US on Thursday evening after spending 6 days in London, England on the annual trip that highlights English professional games.  The group of 20 saw three fantastic matches during their time in the UK, as well as enjoying  sightseeing in the London area. 

Escaping during last Thursday’s snowstorm and arriving to mild 50 degree temperatures in England’s capital on Friday, the group travelled northwest on Saturday for the heated derby match between Seacoast United’s sister club Oxford United and rival Swindon Town.   The Yellows found themselves short a player just 10 minutes into the game as striker James Constable was sent off, however the team rallied behind the support of 12,000 fans and scored two quick goals to stun league leader Swindon in taking a 2-0 lead.  Oxford displayed a stingy defense for the remainder of the game behind the goalkeeping of Ryan Clarke and huge defensive efforts of Michael Duberry and Andrew Whing.  After the match, the SUSC group was able to spend 3 hours in downtown Oxford for dinner and leisure time.

On Sunday, five of the fans saw Fulham pound the visiting Wolves for a 5-0 win.  The other 15 on the trip travelled to north London to see Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane.  The weather was cold and wet, making travel slightly difficult, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the fans on either side.  Spurs outplayed United for the majority of the first half, but let up a late goal just before the break on a Wayne Rooney header.  United dominated the 2nd half and went on to win 3-1.

In the final game showcased on this year’s trip, the group had the unique chance to take in a UEFA Champions League game.  Arsenal hosted AC Milan in the knockout round, with AC Milan leading 4-0 on the aggregate heading into the game.  Arsenal nearly equalized, with three goals in the first half to electrify the crowd, but would fall short in the end.

In addition to the soccer, individuals were able to enjoy the popular tourist attractions in and around London such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Tower Bridge, London Eye, various museums, and more.

Questions on Seacoast United’s Taste of English Football trips?  Please contact Kelly Kelly at kkelly@seacoastunited.com.