Kings Lynn, Braintree Town, Demotion & Chaos Theory

The town of Braintree sits near the border between Suffolk and Essex. It’s a small town with a population of 42,000 which sits rather in the shadow of its larger neighbours Colchester and Chelmsford, with London looming in the distance, radiating its influence over the whole of the east and south east of England. It’s not, to coin a cliche, a town of flat caps and whippets, but external circumstances seem likely to mean that Braintree Town Football Club will have to switch from the Blue Square South to the Blue Square North next season. This situation has come about because of a certain lop-sidedness that is inherent within the non-league. Non-league football is arranged into a pyramid system, by which the leagues get more and more regional the further one gets from the Blue Square Premier. The biggest single flaw in this set up is unavoidable. For example, it seems likely (if not certain) that three of this year’s four relegated Blue Square Premier clubs will be undeniably southern. Lewes and Woking have already fallen through the trap door, while Weymouth seem likely to follow them. This means that one club will have to switch from the BSS to the BSN. Just from looking at a map, the obvious candidates for this would be Worcester City, but Worcester only transferred in the opposite direction last year and the...

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