English non-league

Monday, 20 August 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Fleetwood fire blanks and Pompey players get to know each other

A new football season always throws up some unusual stories on day one but there can have been few beginnings to a campaign quite like Portsmouths. Amazingly Pompey came away with a point from their first League One encounter despite sending out a whole team of debutants. Before he joined the sou...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A mad Mario meets a melodic Manc and the result is perfect harmony

The twin worlds of football and music have not always been cosy bedfellows. Lest we forget the audio abominations that still stain jukeboxes up and down this land: ‘Fog On The Tyne’, that god awful attempt by Ant and Dec to appeal to people other than 12-year old girls during the 2002 World Cup, ...

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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A battle of wits ends in defeat for Worthy’s warhorses, but football marches on

Let’s face it. Our footballing heroes don’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to brainpower and academia do they? A cautionary glance at the post-match interviews every week on Match Of The Day show us superstars struggling to grasp the complexity of questions such as, “How do you feel the ...

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Friday, 02 December 2011

FA Cup Second Round: How Many Non-Leaguers Will Reach Round Three?

This weekend is one with the promise of early Christmas presents for a select band of non-league clubs. Twelve are in the draw for the Second Round of the FA Cup with a chance to mix it with the elite if they can progress. It may be a cliche to say they will be dreaming of being paired with Manches...

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Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: ITV begin to repay their debt with a feast of Man City delights

It’s the 12th June 2010. Seven thirty-four on a warm summer’s evening. My friends and I are huddled around my television, just as a million more expectant eyes are doing at the same moment up and down the nation. Then pffft … nothing. A moment’s darkness was followed by some guff about Hyundai cars ...

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Mancini’s Manchester magicians spoil the party… and this column

Why always me? This week I was going to talk to you about the light-hearted Sky Sports knockabout quiz Take It Like a Fan. I was armed with reams of faint praise for the show and was readying my keyboard for a glittering review and even a possible recommendation for you all to check it out. But al...

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Football on Sky is becoming a fairytale thanks to Wilkins the Wizard

So we were repeatedly told that it was the ‘biggest club game in world football’ as Liverpool and Manchester United met at Anfield on Saturday for the ever-intense North-West derby. The fevered atmosphere was apparent at Sky for Live Ford Football Special and there was an almost fairytale mood in ...

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Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Tevez, tantrums and Trigger? The pundits pull no punches when it comes to Carlos the Jackal

By the time this weekend came around I, like most, was sick to death of hearing about Carlos Tevez this, Carlos Tevez that, suspensions, fines, lip-readers, caveman, Aleksandar Kolarov, Argentina, Mancini. The whole overblown schism engulfed the country’s consciousness like some toxic mist and re...

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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: You’re On Sky Sports… or should that be Moron Sky Sports?

There are three clearly defined pursuits enjoyed by the average football fan. One, demonstrating the unwavering certainty that they know the best way for their team to play. Secondly, morphing into yob-like tyrants at the very sight of an opposition supporter and lambasting them with vociferous ange...

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Morning Glory could soon be a thing of the past for the guys at Soccer AM

Morning. The time of day when we, as human beings, fall into two distinct categories. On one hand you may be an enterprising, full-blooded marauder, charging about here there and everywhere with an unbounded vitality and zest for adventure. Alternatively, you might be a feckless layabout. Those of u...

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Friday, 21 May 2010

Get on side and sport your colours for Shelter this World Cup

In celebration of this years FIFA World Cup, housing and homelessness charity Shelter are teaming up with Nationwide Building Society, Official England Team sponsor, to launch their fantastic footy fundraiser, Strip4Shelter. Shelter is asking people across the country to replace their regular work ...

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Friday, 25 January 2008

5273 20 Handy Facts About Havant &

by : Hugh Larkin The non-leaguers have battled through to Round 4 of the FA Cup and drawn the plum tie at Liverpool. Square Football looks at the club in more detail 1. The club was formed as recently as 1998 after a merger between Havant Town and Waterlooville 2. The club nickname is the Hawks ...

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Thursday, 13 December 2007

5123 Go To Staffordshire For Giant

by : Hugh Larkin Staffordshire isn’t the most well known area in England but in recent seasons the county has been getting plenty of publicity whenever the FA Cup kicks into gear. If you’re looking for non-league giantkillers, Staffordshire is the place. Chasetown FC, a club formed from the old bo...

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Friday, 09 November 2007

5021 The Road to Wembley 2007/08- R

by : Hugh Larkin Mid-November is the time when the qualifiers are over and the surviving non-league sides get to mix it with the League One and Two clubs. We start Round One with a guarantee of 10 non-league sides in the draw for Round Two. These are some of the ties to look out for; Hereford Unit...

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Thursday, 08 November 2007

5014 The Railway Children of Harrog

by : Jeff Gold Harrogate Railway 2-1 Harrogate Town Bettys Caf Tea Rooms sit resplendent in the heart of Harrogate. The piano plays as waitresses, in black and frilly white, deliver lavishly populated cake stands to the day trippers and trade conference crowd who sit erect, drinking in their Yorks...

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Saturday, 27 October 2007

4969: The Road To Wembley 2007/08- 4

by : Hugh Larkin And then there’s the thorny issue of Jol’s striking selections. Stocking up on top goal-getters in a style pioneered by Sir Alex Ferguson in the mid to late 1990’s, Jol failed to take into account that non-playing squad members are only likely to stay put if the club is picking up...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2007

4913: Non-League Spotters Guide

by : Hugh Larkin Yet Ferdinand has gone about winning over his doubters in the best way possible – on the pitch. The most vocal of the back four, he provides the strings that keep the unit together. Vidic may provide the steel, yet without having the silk of his partner alongside him, his acclimati...

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Saturday, 30 June 2007

4631: Histon FC: Not Bad for a Villa

by : Paul Grech With money increasingly becoming the over-riding concern in football, fans only seem interested in getting a rich owner capable of spending his way to fulfilling their dreams. Even when this money is burdening the club with debt they will never be able to service thus putting its e...

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Friday, 01 December 2006

3947: FA Cup 2nd Round- The Non-Leag

by : Hugh Larkin Sunday, 03 December 2006 Everton (9) vs West Ham United (15), KO 16:00 Everton have a strong home record and only five teams have won more games at home. But the way Everton subsided after conceding a goal at Old Trafford was worrying. West Ham are starting to string wins togeth...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2006

3831: A Club Pushed To The Brink

by : Paul Grech When do you give up on your team? Most fans - at least not the glory hunting ones - don't even think of that as a sensible question let alone one to try and answer: it is their nature to support their club whatever the results and circumstances. Yet clubs like AFC Wimbledon, AFC T...

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Monday, 09 October 2006

3734: On the Road to FA Cup Glory

by : Kieran McHugh In the Premiership the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are looking to consolidate at the top of the league whilst seeking to make progress in Europe. For Liverpool and, to a lesser extent Arsenal, a few early season nerves need to be banished. The likes of Sheffield Unit...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2006

2901: A Piece of the North East’s Fo

by : Paul Grech When Alan Shearer recently scored his 201st goal for Newcastle to become the highest scorer in the club’s history, some of the media’s attention focused on Jack Milburn, the man whose record he had broken. If you chanced upon one such report, then the name of Ashington FC will be f...

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Thursday, 08 December 2005

2556: Paul Gascoigne: Not George Bes

by : Stephen Orford A mere eleven days on from the death of George Best, it seems that another footballing genius is in the process of self-destructing due to alcoholism. Paul Gascoigne, legendary England midfielder of the 1990’s and one of the most gifted footballers England has ever produced, is...

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Thursday, 10 November 2005

2474: Kettering: Gazza would do well

by : David West The former West Ham man also impressed in the USA with England in the summer, staking a claim for a holding midfield role under Sven. Carrick would bring his clinical passing range to United and very adept ball winning qualities. Perhaps not in the Roy Keane mould, but would plug ...

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Tuesday, 01 November 2005

2436: Paul Gascoigne joins Kettering

by : Sean Graham Former England International, Paul Gascoigne, has taken over as Manager of Kettering Town after a consortium lead by Imraan Ladak and Gazza had taken control of the club. 38 year old Gascoigne is in charge of the Poppies with former Arsenal favorite Paul Davis installed as a coach...

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Monday, 31 October 2005

2433: Kettering: What are Paul Gasco

by : Hugh Larkin The news that Paul Gascoigne has stepped into the manager’s chair at Kettering had been trailed extensively in the media but it still has a slightly surreal feel to it. Then again, this is a place where the former world star is more likely to feel at home than the wilds of China (w...

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Tuesday, 11 October 2005

2373: So who are Grays Athletic?

by : Hugh Larkin Among the cluster of former League clubs desperate to get back their League status, who tend to dominate the top of the Conference, there has been an unfamiliar name this season. With 13 games played in the campaign Grays Athletic sit on top of the heap, opening the possibility of ...

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Friday, 05 August 2005

2208: Conference: The Main Contender

by : Hugh Larkin The news that the Conference is going to push the Football League to allow three teams to come up to League Two would only rubber stamp the process where the Conference has become English football’s unofficial 5th tier. Certainly, the promotion battle threatens to be every bit as i...

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Friday, 17 June 2005

2115: Crisis at Manchester United? -

by : Matt Furniss So Manchester United fans feel that the sale of their beloved club to Malcolm Glazer will be a negative effect to the team, and that they will no longer be the force that they have been over the past decade. They believe that this is a football crisis. REALITY CHECK - This is not ...

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Saturday, 30 April 2005

1959: Conference: Four left to battl

by : Hugh Larkin Now there are just four teams left searching for the elusive place in the Football League. The logjam behind Barnet has finally been cleared and left the inevitable hard luck stories- Exeter City couldn’t quite make it despite their FA Cup heroics and Accrington and Halifax must wa...

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Friday, 04 March 2005

1747: Non-League: What a battle to g

by : Hugh Larkin Has their ever been a more exciting season than the current campaign in the Conference? Leaders Barnet are just about over the hill and out of sight but there are four play-off places up for grabs and a host of teams still in with a chance. Currently Crawley in second are separated...

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Thursday, 23 December 2004

1438: Non League: Old Trafford old b

by : David Hulott While Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes, Steve McClaren and Bryan Robson are all in the managerial spotlight at Premiership clubs (although it already appears that Robson’s stint at West Bromwich Albion may come to a swift end), having the name Manchester United on your CV certainly doesn’...

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Tuesday, 17 August 2004

978: NON-LEAGUE: Testing times ahea

by : Chris Wildey The 2004/05 season sees the biggest shake up in the structure of non-league football in its history, with the Conference now being fed by two regional leagues, Conference South and North. Such changes have been discussed within the non-league fraternity for years now, but the FA C...

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Tuesday, 11 May 2004

769: NON-LEAGUE: Radical changes im

by : James Prentice This summer, non-League football in England will undergo what are arguably some of the largest and most dramatic changes the Pyramid has ever seen. Up until recently, three parallel divisions – the Unibond (Northern) league, the Dr Martens (Southern) league and the Ryman (Isthm...

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