Urban beaches

Planning to travel to an away game with the family? You’ll spot some obvious seaside attractions early in the season. If you have a game at Brighton, Southend, Morecambe etc, the promise of an ice-cream on the prom will be part of the appeal. (And don’t overlook Grimsby – the Mighty Mariners’ ground is in Cleethorpes – or Fleetwood, a few tram stops from Blackpool.)

But those aren’t the only possibilities. Since the turn of the century, urban beaches have become popular and they turn up in some pretty unlikely places. Here’s where you might get sand between your toes this August:

Watford Big Beach, in landlocked Hertfordshire from 16-30 Aug

Cardiff (where the away teams are Luton 10 Aug, Huddersfield 21 Aug, Fulham 30 Aug)
Derby (Swansea 10 Aug, Bristol City 20 Aug, WBA 24 Aug)
Leeds (Forest 10 Aug, Brentford 21 Aug, Swansea 31 Aug)
Lincoln (Accrington 3 Aug, Southend 17 Aug, Fleetwood 31 Aug)
Nottingham (WBA 3 Aug, Birmingham 17 Aug, PNE 31 Aug)
Sheffield (Barnsley 10 Aug, Palace 18 Aug, Luton 20 Aug, Leicester 24 Aug, QPR 31 Aug)
Stevenage (Exeter 10 Aug, Southend 13 Aug, Bradford 20 Aug, Macclesfield 31 Aug)
Watford (West Ham 24 Aug)