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 the outskirts of the delightful town that is Stamford. Stamford is a place that Game of the People has visited frequently, not least Christmas 2015 when the GOTP team spent three days at the excellent … 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 v Darlington 1883 (no, it’s not a new fangled lager from the top right hand corner of England), was a very attractive tie that offered something a little special. And it didn’t disappoint. A bit … 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 City. The “Ammies” of the Northern Premier League Division One North, a club that attracts less than 200 people to its home games. Now the “Class of 92” seem like a fairly decent bunch, despite … Continue reading Salford City – gimmick or goodwill?