The trials of a nomadic existence

GRAYS Athletic play at a very nice stadium. Brand spanking new, great facilities and a football-friendly artificial surface that performs very well. The only problem is, the club is ground-sharing at Aveley, a town of 8,000 people some four miles from Grays. They’re in their second year of a two-year agreement, and like most tenants, there is a degree of uncertainty about the future. Grays … Continue reading The trials of a nomadic existence

NLD, the new Boxing Day?

SINCE NON-LEAGUE DAY was introduced some years ago, sceptics suggested that it would fizzle-out and no longer benefit from the “novelty factor”. Not so, for increasingly people are discovering their local non-league club for the first time through NLD. It is arguable that NLD has become what Christmas matches used to be – an opportunity for the local community to come together. While matches on … Continue reading NLD, the new Boxing Day?

East Anglians at play on Non-League Day

You know you’re heading east when you look out of the train window and the fields are peat dirty black and the landscape as flat as the pre-Columbus world. East Anglia is one of Britain’s larders and the harvest has already been bagged – on the menu is the FA Vase first qualifying round tie between Thetford Town and Ely City. It’s a local derby, … Continue reading East Anglians at play on Non-League Day

Stagger the weekend and non-league could benefit

The recent announcement that Non-League Day will take place on September 6, 2014 is a reminder that the grass roots game can prosper when the emphasis is off the Premier for a weekend. Attendances around the non-league circuit have certainly been boosted on Non-League Day since it began a few years ago, although I sense that 2013 was a lot more low profile. It does … Continue reading Stagger the weekend and non-league could benefit

Why Non-League is needed

The Non-League Day initiative has been a resounding success and in some cases, there has been good support from clubs further up the food chain. But in truth, the senior element of the professional game should be doing more to nurture football at grass-roots level. Why? Because if English football is ever going to rise from the depths that it is about to plunge – … Continue reading Why Non-League is needed