“A club, they have a club?” – non-league’s challenge

A FEW weeks ago, every railway station leading into London Kings Cross had people with cameras and notebooks perched at the end of their platforms. The reason? The Flying Scotsman was heading north from London for the first time in years. “I don’t get it,” said someone on the 7.36 am train into London. “I […]

Preview: Hartley v Hereford – landmarks for both clubs

IT’S FA VASE weekend and we’ve reached the last 16 stage. There’s an unfamiliar name among the participants in the form of Hereford, the phoenix club that rose from the ashes of the old Hereford United. Hereford, like their predecessors, play at Edgar Street and are averaging 2,800-plus in the Midland League Premier Division – […]

When history weighs you down – a visit to Ilford

THEY HAVE a big honours board in the Ilford Football Club committee room. “It stops all of a sudden,” said one official after I had acknowledged the “wonderful history” the board portrayed – twice winners of the FA Amateur Cup and three times Isthmian League champions. The current Ilford club’s major achievement was finishing 17th […]

FA Vase day: Double winners Glossop aim for the treble

Glossop North End can seal their place in history if they win the FA Vase at Wembley this afternoon. They are already Northern West Counties League champions and League Cup winners, and a Vase victory would undoubtedly make them one of non-league football’s teams of the year. Glossop Chairman Dave Atkinson told the Buxton Advertiser […]