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Welcome to Ravens Flock UK

It's been a long wait for British Baltimore Ravens fans but 2017 will finally be the year that our team plays in the UK. They face the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley on September 24.

That’s what led me to create this website. We don’t need another Ravens news and analysis website but there are lots of things that a UK-focused site can do for Ravens fans. In fact, there are five things I want this site to do.

First: to help build the community. Ravens fans in the UK have a growing presence on Twitter and Facebook but a website can do things in a longer form and collect material together. That brings me to…

Second: share stories. Being a British-based Ravens fan isn’t like being a fan in Baltimore, or even in the US. We each come to the NFL and to our team in a different way. This website will share those stories.

Third: getting to games. Some of us are lucky enough to have been to games in the US already, others are planning to. Eventually, this site will gather tips for getting the most out of your trip to Baltimore: where to stay, what to see and, most importantly, what you should know about going to a game.

Fourth: to share knowledge about the team. If you are a new Ravens fan then there is probably a lot about the team that you don’t know. Ravens Flock UK will offer a primer to essential moments – and figures – from team history.

Finally: to de-mystify the sport. The NFL’s games in the UK have brought a lot of new fans to the game, with varying degrees of knowledge. This site assumes you know the basics of the sport but will help you to deepen your knowledge.

There is a lot to come. Enjoy reading what’s live so far and check back regularly for more. As the Wembley game approaches I hope to have information about fan meet-ups and other events. And, of course, there will be some great stories.

Above all, I’d like this to be a home for the community and that means I’d love for you to share your stories. Don’t just read: think about how you could take part.

Photo: Keith Allison

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