The Non-League 100: Wealdstone 1984-85, the first double winners

IN an age when former Football League clubs proliferate the top division of non-league, it is often forgotten that the first non-league team to perform the hallowed “double” of National League and FA Trophy was a relatively humble outfit from the Middlesex conurbation, Wealdstone. Wealdstone, the club that nurtured the talents of players like Stuart Pearce and Vinnie Jones, were beneficiaries of a novel points … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Wealdstone 1984-85, the first double winners

The Non-League 100: The London Caledonians

MOST PEOPLE associate the strict amateur code with clubs like Corinthian and Casuals, but there were a host of other clubs who lived by the ideals and philosophies that gave birth to leagues like the Isthmian, Athenian and Spartan Leagues. One such club provided a haven for Scots based in the south of England – the London Caledonians. The club dated back to 1886 and … Continue reading The Non-League 100: The London Caledonians

The Non-League 100: Enfield 1967-70

UNTIL the last 20 years or so, Enfield were a huge name in the non-league game, from their triumphs in amateur football through to the club’s Conference years. The demise of a once great institution is as complex as it is sad, but Enfield made their name in the days before players were paid to play. In the late 1960s, Enfield were an outstanding team, … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Enfield 1967-70

The Non-League 100: Runcorn 1982

IF Runcorn’s old Canal Street ground had been fit for the Football League, who knows what would have happened to a club that experienced unprecedented success in the 1980s but found itself dissolved in 2006. Runcorn won the Alliance Premier League in 1981-82 in their first season in the top flight of non-league football. The previous season, 1980-81, had seen them win the Northern Premier … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Runcorn 1982

The Non-League 100: North Shields 1969 – Lighting-up Tyne and Wear

THE 1968-69 season was a good one for football in the far north. Newcastle United won the Fairs’ Cup and North Shields secured the FA Amateur Cup at Wembley. Such days. North Shields were also Northern League champions in 1969 but interestingly, they also enjoyed success in Europe – winning the Coppa Ottorino Barassi, the European Amateur Cup-Winners’ Cup. They actually shared the cup with … Continue reading The Non-League 100: North Shields 1969 – Lighting-up Tyne and Wear

The Non-League 100: Slough Town 1971-73 – close to glory

SLOUGH TOWN may have lost the FA Amateur Cup final in 1973, but the Rebels were also Athenian League champions in both 1971-72 and 1972-73. Their success enabled the club to step-up from the Athenian to the Isthmian League. In both seasons, Slough finished ahead of a strong Dagenham side by four points. Both clubs were promoted in 1973 and then in 1974, went straight … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Slough Town 1971-73 – close to glory

The Non-League 100: Yeovil Town 1948-49 – Stock’s giant-killers

FOR YEARS, Yeovil Town were considered to be one of the top clubs outside of the Football League. With their well-known stadium, Huish – complete with famous slope, and a promising catchment area, they were widely recognised as a League club-in-waiting. This was largely due to the 1948-49 season, in which Yeovil beat Sunderland in the FA Cup. At the time, the north-easterners were among … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Yeovil Town 1948-49 – Stock’s giant-killers

The Non-League 100: Bromley 1949 – glorious men of Kent

BROMLEY is often considered part of London rather than Kent, a county more associated with cricket than football. But in the immediate post-war years, Bromley made an impact on amateur football and had a team considered to be one of the best in the 1940s and 1950s. Bromley will forever be known as the club that won the first FA Amateur Cup final at Wembley … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Bromley 1949 – glorious men of Kent

The Non-League 100: Nunhead – forgotten south London heroes

NUNHEAD glittered briefly on the non-league stage, but for a while, they were one of amateur football’s most respected clubs. Originally founded as Wingfield House in 1888, the club changed its name in 1904. In 1907, they were one of the founder members of the Spartan League but they only stayed one season in that competition before joining the recently-formed Isthmian League. The club finished … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Nunhead – forgotten south London heroes

The Non-League 100: Macclesfield Town 1968-1970

MACCLESFIELD TOWN spent 15 seasons in the Football League, bowing out in 2012. Whether they get another stab remains to be seen, but for a long time, the Silkmen were one of non-league’s hardy perennials. In 1968, Macclesfield  – founded in 1874 – were  Cheshire League champions for the sixth time. They became one of the founder members of the Northern Premier League (NPL), which … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Macclesfield Town 1968-1970