The Non-League 100: Peterborough United of the ’50s – perhaps the best?

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 league with 35 votes, a total beaten only by Oldham Athletic who secured 39. Gateshead dropped out of the league after winning just 18. “Posh” … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Peterborough United of the ’50s – perhaps the best?

The Non-League 100: Stevenage 1995-96 – triumph in the new town

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 was ripe for footballing expansion. Like most new towns, there were teething problems in establishing a club with a local identity, but in 1976, Stevenage … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Stevenage 1995-96 – triumph in the new town

The Non-League 100: Slough Town 1971-73 – close to glory

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 both seasons, Slough finished ahead of a strong Dagenham side by four points. Both clubs were promoted in 1973 and then in 1974, went straight … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Slough Town 1971-73 – close to glory

The Non-League 100: Macclesfield Town 1968-1970

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 … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Macclesfield Town 1968-1970

The Non-League 100: Hendon 1964-66 – goals and silverware

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 Arsenal and Tottenham to name but two. The club has, sadly, been in decline for some time, a condition not helped by the loss of … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Hendon 1964-66 – goals and silverware

The Non-League 100: Grays Athletic 2004-06 – a kind of boom and bust

THURROCK is a borough full of football people, but many of them prefer to watch the likes of West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal. In the 1990s, teams from the area started to acquire some ambition, not altogether unrelated to the rise of clubs from Billericay and Canvey Island. Grays Athletic, which was always considered to be Thurrock’s leading club, until Purfleet (later Thurrock) came on … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Grays Athletic 2004-06 – a kind of boom and bust