About Me

Hey, My name is Charlie and I’m a 43 yr old English guy who happens to live in Charlottesville, VA. I have 3 daughters (Kira, Alyssa & Reid) a son (Connor), 2 dogs (Briscoe & Ruby) and a cat (Princess Leia). Naturally I also have an accent and yes the picture above is me. I generally look like this all the time if there is footy on the TV.

This website/blog has been around since World Cup 2010 and before I started it i didn’t know a single Brit living in Charlottesville. Post World Cup 2010 I think I know pretty much all of them lol. Thanks to Timberwood Grill the matches were a great success. Lots of good English food, singing and banter and not to mention many lasting friendships were made. 4 years on, it’s that time again……

Russia 2018 is upon us and you can probably imagine that as a Brit I like football. Well you are dead wrong, I friggin’ LOVE the game. It’s my religion and there is nothing that anyone can say or do to change that fact. Ever. If you are American there is only one rule that you have to adhere to if we are going to get along……..

WE CALL IT FOOTBALL NOT SOCCER !!

OK, now we have gotten that little titbit out of the way we should get along just fine 😉

I whipped up this quick blog to help other local Brits (and like-minded Americans) to find all the information required to be able to watch and follow all games of interest at the World Cup. Although the last tournament wasn’t a massive success for England (it actually was for the USA as a whole), it certainly was for us local ex-pats all meeting up at The Timberwood Grill – we had a blast as you can see in the above picture 🙂

I have updated all the news feeds and links to show all the info and news feeds in preparation for the Russia 2018 World Cup which should be an absolute stormer over here – as we’ll be on the same time zone for once !

I’ve created categories to show all the games with local kick off times (EST). I will be personally watching all the games at either Timberwood Grill & Kardinal Hall as these are my sports bars of choice around these parts. Let’s all get together and do our best to recreate the atmosphere of an English Pub like we did back in 2010 & 2014. Can’t wait to see everyone !

I hope to see you at the Timberwood Grill or Kardinal Hall this Summer. Feel free to leave comments and feedback on the blog 🙂

Polite Note to my American friends: For the record no matter what anyone says or what you may have been told – Football is the most popular sport in the world. This is a statistical fact and one that cannot be argued with. Ever. “Most popular” could mean “most watched,” “most played,” or “most revenue-generating.” Based on the variable definition of “most popular” the following observations apply:

Most Frequently Cited Ranked Lists

  1. Football: 3.3-3.5 billion fans (Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas, etc.)
  2. Cricket: 2-3 billion fans (India, UK, Pakistan, Asia, Australia, etc.)
  3. Field hockey: 2-2.2 billion fans (Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia)
  4. Tennis: Around 1 billion fans (Europe, Americas, Asia)
  5. Volleyball: Around 900 million fans (Asia, Europe, Americas, Australia)
  6. Table tennis: Around 900 million fans (Asia, Europe, Africa, Americas)
  7. Baseball: Around 500 million fans (US, Japan, Cuba, Dominican Republic)
  8. Golf: Around 400 million fans (US, Canada, Europe)
  9. American football: 390-410 million fans (US mainly)
  10. Basketball: Not more than 400 million fans (US, Canada mainly)

I’m also sick of hearing that Football is a no-contact sport and is played by fairies who fall down at the earliest opportunity and cry foul. Absolute b***ocks. Well the last bit is true but that’s mostly the Italians and Argentinians. Fairies.

An italian friend questioned my judgement on this point. Exhibit A:

Football as played in England is as hard and physical as it gets. You also have to be fit as a butchers dog. If you think it’s easy – come play against me on a Sunday kick-about and we’ll see who’s a fairy 😉

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