The Non-League 100: Wealdstone 1984-85, the first double winners

IN an age when former Football League clubs proliferate the top division of non-league, it is often forgotten that the first non-league team to perform the hallowed “double” of National League and FA Trophy was a relatively humble outfit from the Middlesex conurbation, Wealdstone. Wealdstone, the club that nurtured the talents of players like Stuart Pearce and Vinnie Jones, were beneficiaries of a novel points … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Wealdstone 1984-85, the first double winners

The Non-League 100: Runcorn 1982

IF Runcorn’s old Canal Street ground had been fit for the Football League, who knows what would have happened to a club that experienced unprecedented success in the 1980s but found itself dissolved in 2006. Runcorn won the Alliance Premier League in 1981-82 in their first season in the top flight of non-league football. The previous season, 1980-81, had seen them win the Northern Premier … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Runcorn 1982

Calling in on….Dartford, fanfare for the wooden man!

The town of Dartford doesn’t mean a lot to most people. It lends its name to a tunnel, a crossing and, in 1943, it was the birthplace of one Michael Philip Jagger. It’s in the Kent hinterland and in many ways, mirrors Thurrock on the opposite side of the Thames Estuary. Other than Jagger, Dartford also has connections with a few notables: Malcolm Allison and … Continue reading Calling in on….Dartford, fanfare for the wooden man!

Luton Town – too comfortable or just unlucky?

I read an article in an old Football Monthly that talked of the disgraceful lack of support for a go-ahead club that surely deserved more from its public. The time was the late 1950s and the club was Luton Town, who had just reached the FA Cup final. That same argument has been tabled on many occasions over the years and Luton have always had … Continue reading Luton Town – too comfortable or just unlucky?