TO THE outside world, Leatherhead’s FA Cup run of 1974/75 might have looked like an ‘overnight success’. Indeed, the club had never previously reached the first round proper of the competition, much less the heights of the fourth round and … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Leatherhead 1974-75 – “The Lip” and Leicester
IN the 1960-61 season, Peterborough United won the Football League fourth division in style, 28 victories from 46 games, 134 goals scored with centre forward Terry Bly netting 52. Peterborough were in their first season after being elected to the … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Peterborough United of the ’50s – perhaps the best?
FOOTBALL in Stevenage had a chequered history before a new club was formed from the ashes of Stevenage Athletic. As a town with a big working class population, many of whom had some form of affiliation with London clubs, Stevenage … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Stevenage 1995-96 – triumph in the new town
SLOUGH TOWN may have lost the FA Amateur Cup final in 1973, but the Rebels were also Athenian League champions in both 1971-72 and 1972-73. Their success enabled the club to step-up from the Athenian to the Isthmian League. In … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Slough Town 1971-73 – close to glory
MACCLESFIELD TOWN spent 15 seasons in the Football League, bowing out in 2012. Whether they get another stab remains to be seen, but for a long time, the Silkmen were one of non-league’s hardy perennials. In 1968, Macclesfield – founded in 1874 – were Cheshire League champions for the sixth time. They became one of the founder members of the Northern Premier League (NPL), which was an attempt to introduce a competition to rival the Southern League. They were runaway winners of the inaugural NPL, 12 points ahead of rivals Wigan Athletic. Doubtless Macclesfield had been helped financially by a … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Macclesfield Town 1968-1970
IT IS hard today to be a non-league club in London given the massive distractions that people have in the metropolis. Competing with Football League clubs is a tough task for non-leaguers and Hendon have always had to contend with … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Hendon 1964-66 – goals and silverware