Cities you've been to but only for football (or any other sport).

Belushi

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Over the years I've seen football and rugby in Nottingham. I've even played rugby there. But I've never "been" to Nottingham. I've never been to the historic centre, or shopped in the central business district. Same for Sheffield and Derby. And Wrexham.
 

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Oxford and Cambridge are two that spring to mind off the top of my head.
 

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Sunderland for me. Once went to a game at the old Roker Park around the time that Sunderland had just become a city but before Roker Park was demolished. Not ever been back to the old / new stadium since, or visited the City Centre on my trip.
 

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I'm sure most supporters of the away team only visit a city for football, as opposed o tourists who might want to take in all the sights as well as attending a match.
 

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Far too many to mention and i haven't seen the sea at Fleetwood, Southend, Brighton, Morecambe, Scarborough and doubtless a good few more. In for football and straight back out, especially when doing a game by car.
 

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Far too many to mention and i haven't seen the sea at Fleetwood, Southend, Brighton, Morecambe, Scarborough and doubtless a good few more. In for football and straight back out, especially when doing a game by car.
On my first visit to Brighton's old Goldstone Ground (which was for Oxford United's 3-0 win there in the FA Cup 4th round in Jan '82) I walked straight to the match from Brighton station rather than Hove, and so didn't get to see the sea at all. especially as I didn't arrive particularly early.

Having seen the 1948 version of the film 'Brighton Rock' on the Talking Pictures channel a couple of times, it amazes me to think that the film was shot in Brighton a mere 34 years before my visit there! (It's a very good film, but don't bother watching the 2010 version - I gave up after ten minutes because I was staggered by the number of times the F-word was being used)
 
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I am the opposite very few games haven't involved seeing a city/ town/ village centre along with a pub/ bar or two, I like to know more about where I am visiting. When I was an away supporter always liked infiltrating home centres, helped not having a strong accent. Obviously changed when some teams moved well out of town, e.g. Bolton, still went to Brighton before Falmer.
Must admit never visited Sunderland town centre before a Derby match, but knew the place too well already as I come from a mixed family!!
 
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I've been to most bigger cities on separate occasions to my football visits. The biggest place I've done flying visits to for football and not visited otherwise is probably Coventry.
 

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Far too many to list here but most notable football visit was for a trip to Gay Meadow, it was a case of pretty much straight off the supporters coach and in to the away end for Watford's visit in 1980 and back on the coach afterwards.
 

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Tokyo, Perth, New York, Asuncion, Rotterdam, Basle, Colombo, Freiburg, Milan, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu, Hamilton, Doha, Maarenheim, Visby, Gibraltar, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Belfast, Dublin, Douglas, Malaga
 
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Sorry Belushi but 20 miles down the road and the only reason i have ever visited Cov is for football (60 + times at all levels ) as i have never had the slightest inclination to go for any other reason simply cos there isn't any.. Mental as Anything!! 😂
 

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Outwith the UK, San Jose in California - was driven to the ground, got nowhere near 'Downtown'.

In the UK, Sunderland, Bradford, Northampton, Cambridge, Bournemouth and Dundee are the biggest places where I've been for football but seen little or nothing of the city centres, and not visited for any other purpose. And never set foot in Belfast for any reason.
 

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A few for me. Stoke (several games), Brighton, Cardiff (League One play off), Rotterdam (Euro2000 final)
 

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Ipswich, Norwich, Stoke, Sheffield, Leicester. Would include Hull, Plymouth, Torquay, but have been back for work (former two) and pleasure (latter two) since. First Mrs Dog (a long time ago) was from Cov...fully endorse any comments made so far...(although have been back to Butts Arena)
 

Belushi

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Sorry Belushi but 20 miles down the road and the only reason i have ever visited Cov is for football (60 + times at all levels ) as i have never had the slightest inclination to go for any other reason simply cos there isn't any.. Mental as Anything!! 😂
Coventry - UK City of Culture 2021. Who'd have thought?
 

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I'll almost always make an effort to nose around a town or city centre before a match - using public transport means I'll usually build in plenty of slack time in case of delays, so often rolling up with plenty of spare time to dig out pubs or record shops on the way. And it certainly seems a bit of a waste to travel any significant distance and not see a town centre even very briefly.

Even so, a couple spring to mind for me. Two years ago I went to Mansfield Town's Field Mill, walking the quarter-mile distance from the railway station, across the dual-carriageway, through the trading estate and into the ground, returning the same way when heading straight back to Nottingham afterwards.

When I went to Leeds United's Elland Road in 2017, I walked to the ground via the Garden Gate pub in Hunslet, so got to explore a couple of suburbs on the way. But seeing as I exited and re-entered the station through the south-side doorway, I can honestly say I've not seen anything of Leeds city centre.

I've twice been to Bolton. First in 1988, when I walked the just under a mile direct from the station to Burnden Park. Then again in 2014, when I got a lift to the Reebok Stadium, and saw even less of the place.
 

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Back in 1986, I was in among the Pompey fans who were frog-marched en masse to Bramall Lane by an enormous police escort, then returned to the station after the 0-0 draw via the same route. I didn't return to Sheffield for another twenty years. :rolleyes:
 

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Tokyo, Perth, New York, Asuncion, Rotterdam, Basle, Colombo, Freiburg, Milan, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu, Hamilton, Doha, Maarenheim, Visby, Gibraltar, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Belfast, Dublin, Douglas, Malaga
John - do you mean Marienhamn ?
 

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