Who are the most recognised non-league clubs?

TO ME, there’s nothing more enjoyable than a North v South tussle in non-league football. Last weekend, I returned to one of my favourite locations, Stamford, to see the Daniels play Blyth Spartans. There’s a 200-mile gap between the two clubs, which does make you wonder about league allocations, but nobody was complaining too much. Quite often, I feel that when a club has had to come some distance, the spirit among the fans is that little bit stronger. My experience of supporters from the North-East is that they love to have a chat about the game and they are … Continue reading Who are the most recognised non-league clubs?

Just who is the oldest club around?

There has been much debate over which club is actually the oldest football club in the world. Clubs have come and gone and there is little doubt that many clubs were formed in the Victorian era, including Hitchin FC, which was established in 1865. However, there are very few clubs that have played continuous football since the very early days of organised football. Hitchin, for example, went bankrupt in 1911 and it was not until 17 years later that a new club was formed, to be called Hitchin Town FC. Some local publications claim that the original club was a … Continue reading Just who is the oldest club around?

Globalise then localise….how Sheffield FC became football’s heritage club

It’s often said that football has never fully appreciated its rich history and all too frequently, the game has sold its traditions down the river. But there’s a club in Sheffield that is using its heritage as a unique selling point in marketing itself at home and abroad. No, it’s not United or Wednesday, but Sheffield FC, the world’s oldest football club. It cannot be easy living in the shadows of not one but two Football League outfits, but Sheffield’s dynamic chairman, Richard Tims (pictured), believes his club has an advantage over the Blades and Owls internationally. “We are known … Continue reading Globalise then localise….how Sheffield FC became football’s heritage club