I felt your pain from across the pond. I followed an English football club for several years through magazines and occasional tapes a friend would send me before they got on TV here. I had to buy a VCR that could play PAL, but it just wasn't the same watching a match two weeks after it happened. That was also before message boards.
I got rid of the VCR, but if you can play NTSC, I'd be willing to copy some games for you if you just cover the cost of the tapes and shipping. I have no idea what that would cost though.