About Towns of Two Halves


This project started as a book about towns with league football clubs, and what you might do there apart from going to a football match.

I’ve been following Oldham Athletic in a more or less desultory fashion since my dad took me to a game at Boundary Park in 1961. We moved away from the area in 1963 and thereafter I mostly watched Athletic from the visiting supporters’ end.

Never fanatical, I began to choose games when Oldham were playing somewhere I’d never been. Their descent through the league since 1994 helped. The possibility of visiting all the football league clubs in the country crept up on me almost unnoticed.

At the same time, the proportion of my life I’d spent watching low-grade football began to bother me. By finding other reasons to visit the town my team happened to be playing in, I reasoned, the time might be regarded as well spent.


The result, I hope, is a guide to what you might find to do (apart from watch a football match) in the 92 places in England and Wales that have league football teams. The original book is now three years old, but I’ve tried to keep it up to date here.

How Much?

£8 for the paperback; £3.49 the e-book.


David Guest: I’ve been a journalist for over 35 years, working for most of that time as a freelance writer and editor in areas of the media as diverse as IT and local publishing. I was born in Lancashire.