Has non-league sold its soul?

IN RECENT years, non-league football has promoted itself as “real” and the game for local communities. Some clubs have embraced causes, have lent their hand to political movements and have championed inclusiveness. In particular, the drive to build the next generation of fans – a vitally important element given the audience of this level of the game – has rightly placed emphasis on youth development, … Continue reading Has non-league sold its soul?

Has non-league sold its soul?

IN RECENT years, non-league football has promoted itself as “real” and the game for local communities. Some clubs have embraced causes, have lent their hand to political movements and have championed inclusiveness. In particular, the drive to build the next generation of fans – a vitally important element given the audience of this level of the game – has rightly placed emphasis on youth development, … Continue reading Has non-league sold its soul?

Spartans keep that dream alive

IT’S a simple trip, we are told – “straight down the A1” – from Blyth in Northumberland to Stamford in Lincolnshire. But it’s also slightly ridiculous that non-league football, at Step 3, should involve a 400-mile round trip. That’s how far Blyth Spartans had to travel to get to Stamford for their Northern Premier League match. A game played in front of 485 people on … Continue reading Spartans keep that dream alive

King’s men v the Quakers: An enjoyable case of North v South

If you’re a southern-based non-league club, it’s seldom you entertain a northern team, unless you have a long run in one of the FA competitions. It’s even more rare to come up against a team from the north-east of England. What’s more, playing host to a club with some form of Football League heritage is something of a red letter day. So St. Neots Town … Continue reading King’s men v the Quakers: An enjoyable case of North v South

Salford City – gimmick or goodwill?

Non-League football is dramatically different to the big league, although like the Premier, it can delight, infuriate, frustrate, provoke hair loss and send people into a life of alcoholic over-indulgence. Will the “Class of ‘92” still consider their investment in Manchester United’s neighbours, City, in 12 months’ time, when they realise what they have actually bought in to? By the way, it’s Salford not Manchester … Continue reading Salford City – gimmick or goodwill?