Trecker’s Travels, Day One: Driven by Mad Heat

May 1st, 2013

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Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer

By Jamie Trecker

LONDON, ENGLAND

The problem with London is getting there. In my case, that means a 12-hour trip, all told, and it’s invariably filled with screaming children. It could be worse – my grandparents did this on boats, after all – but sleep deprivation leads one to see things that cannot possibly be there. Like sunshine. In May. In England.

This promises to be the first May bank holiday in recent memory that isn’t wretched. Spring in England is a bit like summer in Scotland: cold, damp and unforgiving. Spring in England teases you with green things coming up in the garden and then dashes the hopes of a nice day out on your bike with a gale. I packed a parka and rain gear only to find that people are out in shorts in the capital today. It’s 55ºF today. It’s going to be 70º here on Saturday. This is a full-scale heat wave for England.

This means we’re actually going to see soccer in the sunshine, and four pretty meaningful games to boot. Spurs host Southampton in a should-win while QPR play Arsenal in a game that the Gunners must-win. The latter’s a London derby, however, so make no bets. Newcastle have a tricky fixture at Boleyn Ground against West Ham while Sunday, we get to see if Chelsea can keep up with the newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer

FOX Soccer’s here for all of it – and I do mean all of it. This entire month, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 phone is footing the bill for me to be here and bring you the sights and sounds of every game. If I can figure out how to make the Galaxy S4 bring you smells as well, I’ll do it (I promise I’ll stay upwind of the Thames). So: follow @FOXSoccer on Twitter, @FOX_Soccer on Instagram and this blog on Tumblr for daily, real-time updates from all across England as we count down to the Champions League Final on May 25. We’re even taking a slight detour east to Holland. And a houseboat.

Since I’m the one the road, you get to tell me where I should go. Got a fan club you want to learn about? A pub you’ve heard about but have never seen? A story we have never told you before? Tell me, in the comments below. Or tweet me at @JamieTreckerFOX or @FOXSoccer using the #heytrecker hashtag.

The fun starts now. Glad to have you along for the ride!

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