This is an essential guide for the real ale loving football fans. The Football and Real Ale Guide describes in detail three pubs in all ninety two football club towns. It gives the ale on sale, describes the atmosphere and explains the welcome you will receive when visiting before or after a match. The author has visited every pub in the guide in the last year, talking to landlords and the local customers. The guide also includes comments from the regulars of those pubs. The guide includes: A detailed description of each pub, a location map, a list of beers found along with the date of the author?s visit, colour photographs, contact details, articles related to real ale and football and comments from the regulars of the pub. An ideal beer companion, written as a straightforward guide, it also chronicles the travels of the author as he searches for the best of British real ale pubs. The location maps are all individually created sketch maps that identify in a simplified form the location of the guides and easy routes between the town centre, the pubs and the football grounds.
Also within the guide are several articles related to the year long research and the contribution of readers and regulars regarding the pubs included. The result is that the guide identifies the best towns for a longer real ale trip and gives a flavour of the quality of the pubs not included in the guide yet found nearby. There are four guides in the series, one for each division of the league, making it an ideal gift for the independent real ale fan.
Richard Stedman lives in Buckinghamshire. A teacher since 1981, he has taken a year out of teaching to write about the passion of his life; drinking quality real ale and following his football team. This is his first venture in writing guides for those who appreciate real ale. The Football and Real Ale Guide 2005 - 06 is planned as the first of a series of Stedders' guides related to ale and sports. As a Bristol Rovers season ticket holder, over the last fifteen years he has followed the fortunes of his club, both home and away. During this time he has built up an extensive knowledge of what makes the perfect haunt for the footie loving real ale fan.