Sunday, 18 June 2017

Updated blogs

Welcome to my England and Brighton Blog site

Many thanks to everyone who has visited this site, despite the recent poor performance at Euro 2016 (on the pitch) a few of us are still following England on the World Cup 2018 trail.  Happy Viewing.   

A list of the all the countries and grounds I have visited following England can be found HERE

The latest Blog of the Slovakia trip can be found HERE 

Euro 2016 (trip was better than the football honestly) can be found HERE

My Brazil 2014 World Cup Blog can be found HERE

The trip report and photos of Euro 2012 in Ukraine can be found here

Away in Germany for the recently friendly.

Away in Alicante for the Spain Friendly

From Montenegro to Glasgow

The latest pictures from the building of Brighton and Hove Albions stadium at Falmer can be found HERE and a weekly archive of pictures can be found HERE

Picture from the last game of the first season at Falmer

All the grounds I have visited with Brighton can be found at A-H , I-P and Q-Z

I have added a new section of photographs from England away games before I started going. These can be found here. If you have any you wish to add to this page please e-mail me at

Happy viewing. Dont forget that many pictures can be seen full size by clicking on them!

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Mark R

Below is a picture of me and my two sisters with Albion legend Peter Ward from around 1976/7

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A v France (Paris) 13.6.2017

Phew a reassuring sign to see when you are parked up waiting for Le Tunnel!  After the weekend visit to Scotland we opted for just a very short trip to Paris for the friendly.  I left home about 6am and was soon parked up in Rusthall to meet Kev, Fiona and Rob.  We drove to Le Tunnel and before you could say ohhhh I cant see any fish we had hurtled underneath the Channel and arrived in France.  It was the couple of hours to drive to our out of city centre parking.

Je suis arrive!  Mmmm no I don't speak very good French.  Anyway we had arrived, parked up and we were soon in the bar near the station just a couple of stops outside of central Paris.  It was very warm and the cold beer was very welcome.

After collecting our match tickets and to be honest this time very little sightseeing we soon found Nelson (Ashford Steve) and settled down for some cheap beers.  We paid about half the price some had been paying earlier (ripped off at 13 Euros a small beer).  Somehow we moved onto cocktails, oh yes it was now happy hour!

So after a few beers (oh and a couple of cocktails, we decided to head for a few beers around the Stadium.  We soon met up with Dean, Mark, Scott, Ciaran and Lewes.  We were also soon joined by Kev, Fiona and Sara who had ventured to the Frog and Rostbif pub.

The pre match build up was excellent, I was slightly anxious after the recent terror attacks in both the UK and France.  Security had been high.  Nice to see boards saying United with the cities of Manchester and London.  The two teams came out to Don't look back in anger, it was amazing stuff, made you proud to be in the ground. It was not long ago that a terror attack had been launched at this very ground.  Only the brave actions of stewards prevented a massacre at the France v Germany Friendly. 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

A v Scotland 10.6.2017

Saturday 10th June - Match Day

So it was time to venture into the ground.  We soon joined the other 5,500 England fans, same end as last time we had beaten them 2-0 in the Euro 2000 play offs.  That blog can be found HERE

The queue after the game to get back into central Glasgow was massive, so we opted to walk down the road and catch a bus.  I dont think we saved any time but after a long slow bus ride we got back into the City centre.

Sunday 11th June

So I was soon on the train to Edinburgh.  It was great to catch up with some old mates, Ian and Judith (old as in for a long time not OLD people, well probably both!)