I’m vaguely English. My Great Grandfather was born in 1900 or so, he was from Bournemouth. His family ran a brickyard, so it was not an abject Dickensian life with them working their own concern. But he did not get along with his father, so he swapped for a kid’s papers to America, this other kid going because he was an orphan or disadvantaged or something. So my g-grandfather left on this White Star lines ticket… no older than 13… that was kind of Dickensian. Came to St. Paul, worked on I think the NP, or one of the Hill railroads anyway, which is the explanation for so many of my forebears being in these parts. Married into the German-Irish in St. Paul as a young man. Died in 1989, well into my life. Kind of a tuffy fella I’m to understand, but he was sweet to the grandkids and great-grandkids. His working class English accent was so thick as to be nearly incomprehensible, might as well have been Chinese.
Anyway, everyone chooses an English soccer team to be a fan of right. I’ll take AFC Bournemouth. The hard part will I think be finding a stream cast to watch them play on.