THERE ARE times when watching non-league football makes you question your sanity, especially when the weather is cold and damp, the facilities are spartan and the football very primitive. Poor toilets, drenched in stale urine, catering that defies all the … Continue reading The non-league condition – Hednesford v Hitchin
OK, it was my fault, I didn’t read the small print, AFC Rushden & Diamonds don’t take cash – unless, of course, you buy a programme. Whatever the reason for the club not to take hard currency, they are making … Continue reading The cashless Non-league society and Luiz in Brazil
WHEN Hitchin Town installed some wooden terracing at Top Field in the 1930s for a big FA Amateur Cup tie against Wimbledon, it was supposed to be a temporary measure. Those terraces, some of which still exist, became a little … Continue reading Hitchin Town v Nuneaton Borough: New steps for old
SOUTHEND UNITED have rehired Phil Brown as their manager with six games to go this season, but whether he fancies a stint in the National League remains to be seen. Southend would appear to have one foot in the non-league … Continue reading National League beckons for Southend and Grimsby… but there’s a way back
HITCHIN TOWN have lost a lot of people during the pandemic, mostly veteran supporters or officials who epitomised the spirit of the club. Among the saddest pieces of news was the passing of club legend Tony Huckle, who died at … Continue reading People like Hitchin’s Tony Huckle show life is what you make it
MIKE Bayly is an excellent photographer, of that there can be no doubt. His book, British Football’s Greatest Grounds, is packed with marvellous shots of scenic stadiums set in very evocative backdrops. Sadly, Mike’s book may also end up becoming … Continue reading Football Read Review: Are these Britain’s greatest football grounds?