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Q: Goodness are we talking Association Football? The preserve of greats such as Jimmy Armfield and Norman ‘Bites Yer Legs’ Hunter?
A: The very same. The sport of kings. Both Ledley and Marlon.
Q: I warn you, I am very much the ‘football fanatic’, what can you offer me where others have failed?
A: How about a tour of your favourite stadium or stadia?
Q: Golly what a treat, which ones are on the agenda?
A: All the biggies. Anfield. Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, Emirates, City of Manchester Stadium and even Wembley.
Q: What will I see? How will I feel?
A: Lots and great. You’ll go behind the scenes and witness areas that are usually restricted to the likes of you. You’ll see the tunnels, the pitch, the press box, the dressing rooms plus spend time in the museum and gift shop. There may even be a Legend involved.
Q: You tease! Stop teasing me! What’s a Legends Tour?
A: That’s when you’ll be joined on the tour by a professional player who used to ply his trade at that very club. You’ll get to quiz him radically about his endeavours and maybe even get him to sign a few things.
Q: Can I bring my entire family, children and everything?
A: There are often Family Tickets available for these types of tour, or else you can have a combination of adult and child tickets to make up the numbers. You can always ask us if you have a tricky numerical situation or you wish to make a group booking.
Q: I also heard a rumour you offer shares in football clubs, is that true or is my newsagent a filthy liar?
A: As I’ve told you many times, Clive is totes legit. Each share is a genuine share in your chosen club. As such, the value of the share will go up or down over time (a lawyer told us to say that). A single share won’t get you into Alan Sugar’s shoes anytime soon, but it does mean you’re an official, legal shareholder. And the certificate is quite nice, and that’s the important thing.
Q: What if I’ve suddenly realised that I didn’t mean football but other sports?
A: Then have a scan through all our other sporting experiences, we cover tennis, cricket, rugby, snooker and a crazy slew of others.

Fun Facts

  • 1. In 1954 Turkey knocked out Spain during a World Cup qualifier by drawing straws to decide the winner. I never thought I’d say this, but thank god for penalty shootouts.
  • 2. In 1998, the Macclesfield mascot, Roary the Lion, was sent-off for making obscene gestures during a players’ brawl in a match with Lincoln City. Bad lion, where was his pride?
  • 3. In 1979, the Scottish Cup tie between Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian Thistle was postponed 29 times because of bad weather. They should have considered changing their name to Inverness Caledonian Drizzle.
  • 4. England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks worked with Sylvester Stallone on the goalkeeping scenes in the film Escape to Victory. And Sly’s keeping skills? Rocky.
  • 5. Brazilian star Ronaldinho first gained media attention after he scored every goal in a 23-0 game at age 13. Even for a Brazilian, that’s just showing off.
  • 6. Ramon Unzaga of Chile is said to be the first player to perform a bicycle kick in 1914. Or the first person to do it on purpose. Lots of players dramatically fell over and said ‘I meant to do that’.
  • 7. The World Record for juggling a soccer ball non-stop is 19 hours and 30 minutes by Martinho Eduardo Orige of Brazil in 2003. I don’t know anything about Martinho, but it sounds like he needs a girlfriend.
  • 8. The term ‘soccer’ first appeared in the 1880s as an abbreviation of the word ‘association’. Not a very good abbreviation, but it’s an abbreviation and that’s all that matters.
  • 9. Twenty red cards were shown during a 1993 game between two teams in Paraguay. We don’t know if the remaining two players were on opposing sides or the same team, though the scoreline would probably be an indication.
  • 10. In 1998 English referee Martin Sylvester sent himself off after punching a player during a game in a Sunday League game. I hope he gave himself some verbals as he was leaving the pitch.