I’m delighted to share with you details and information regarding the UK tour for next year.
The newly added “Tour” page which you can read here or by clicking on the top menu has information about what you can expect, including a multi-page brochure giving a rundown on the things you can expect from the tour.
However, the Tours are flexible and can be arranged to suit a team or individual’s specific needs. For more information or for a booking form you can get in touch by emailing tour (at) gordonhill11.com .
Earlier this week I recorded another podcast with the guys at TalkOfTheDevils.com to talk about the Wigan game and preview the Swansea game with Manchester United.
Though sharing it on the day of the Swansea game, there is plenty of conversation here about United away from that game, including my thoughts about Wilfried Zaha’s price tag and Wayne Rooney’s future at Old Trafford.
You can find it on iTunes by searching for “TalkOfTheDevils” and you can also listen via the website here.
I wanted to take the opportunity to give special praise to a player who recently returned to the MLS, Clint Dempsey. A lot of people in the UK probably know him and Landon Donovan as the two outstanding outfield players for the United States in recent times; in my mind, Dempsey stands along as the most successful export from the North American game.
I remember seeing Clint when I lived in Texas, and I actually recommended him to Boston at the time – little did I know that I was seeing someone who could fairly be described as the best player the country has produced. After establishing himself with New England Revolution, he earned a transfer to Fulham in 2006 for what turned out to be a bargain of around £2m. Since then, I don’t think anyone could argue that for the last seven years he was one of the most consistent midfielders in the Premier League – it’s no mean feat that he became Fulham’s all time top scorer in the Premier League. To score sixty goals in six seasons – an average of ten a year, though he really shone in his last two years at Craven Cottage – is a record comparable with anyone and should act as an example to players from the MLS.
Dempsey’s record should also act as an example to European clubs too – there is talent in the North American game and you can get quality players cheaply. If you must buy from overseas, you don’t always have to go to one of the more exotic names to get a good player. No disrespect to Clint, or Fulham for that matter – this is meant as a compliment – he thrived at Fulham, a club where he found a level he could excel at and help improve the team.
He earned the move to Tottenham last year and in some respects I was surprised that he only stayed there a year – he was great in his time at White Hart Lane, as his goal tally of thirteen showed, but he also helped them in the bigger games too.
That said, it’s commendable that he decided to come back to the MLS to end his career here when he has plenty left to give the game. He has had a brilliant career in England, matched by his wonderful international record, and he will thoroughly deserve his 100th cap next time he represents the national team. In Seattle, where he has moved to, there is a very English climate, so I can only see him thriving in that team and city too. It’s great that he has returned to North America when he is at the peak of his powers – coming off the back of a good season at Spurs, and at the height of his influence to the US national side, Dempsey’s return to the MLS is arguably more healthy for the state of the game than many of the so called “super star” signings we saw earlier in the century.
I can only congratulate Clint for his career in Europe, and look forward to watching him for the rest of his time in the MLS.
Bye for now,
Here are a few of the pictures from the recent UK Tour 2013 for the young players from Cleveland, Ohio. A video will follow in the next few days.
Full photo albums from the tour will be available on request if you were one of the visiting families.
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I get back over to England once every year with the tour that I do and the trip is a UK tour for young American players wanting to see what English football is all about, and as was the case this summer, a group of young American players from Ohio. It’s open for players all over the States, I’ve done it for about five years now and enjoy it every time, it’s a combination of sightseeing, training, and games against local opposition. It’s a real first hand look at the mentality towards the game in the UK.
I could really have split up this in to two articles but they are so intertwined it’s probably better to stick with one; what I really wanted to talk about from the start was Mottram Hall, and my relationship with the place.
I just wanted to post a quick update. I’ll be back posting regular articles soon, with one this week to come on my recent trip to England.
I’ve already resumed work on my podcasts with Talk Of The Devils and you can listen to the latest one by clicking here.
I hope you like the music on the intro – we decided on “Old Trafford Blues”, and no, the fading out part was not a coincidence!
Bye for now, Gordon.