A world away from the wealth of the Football League, there are hundreds of football clubs run by the fans for the fans. This is the grassroots, where former Premiership stars tussle with bricklayers and where glory is the biggest prize.
English clubs are amongst the richest in world football, able to compete at the highest level with extraordinary transfer fees and player wages. The game's never been so beautiful, but some loyal fans strugge to afford tickets.
The rivalry between England and Scotland is the oldest fixture in international football. Two countries, tangled in political history, have made the pitch the modern equivalent of the old battleground.
In order to understand football one must understand promotion and relegation. It is the string of hope that ties every fan to their team and permits the unexpected rise of small town Burton Albion and the treacherous downfall of mighty Leeds United.
In England, football has become the national sport, if not a national obsession. The personal stories of three fans reveals just what lengths people will go to support their team and how without them, there really is no game. The series premiere.
Because it's never too early to plan Thursday night... two months from now.