Why You Should Support Non-League Day 2011

It’s Non-League Day tomorrow, but you already knew that, didn’t you? The brain-child of Mike Bayly – occasionally of this parish – and James Doe is celebrating its second annual event this weekend, and the extent to which non-league football has embraced the idea has been refreshing, to say the least. Many clubs are offering reduced entry to season-ticket holders of Premier League clubs and there are a number of other incentives for people to turn up being thrown around by various differing clubs, of which the most intriguing must surely be the Blue Square Ground Hop, which will offer the insatiable amongst us the opportunity to watch three matches in the three divsions of the Football Conference – Bishop’s Stortford versus Boston United in the Blue Square North at 12.30, Chelmsford City versus Dover Athletic in the Blue Square South at 3.30 and Braintree Town versus Lincoln City in the Blue Square South at 7.00. That particular event is, perhaps, for the more dedicated amongst us. For the rest, there is plenty going on elsewhere the length and breadth of the country – indeed, as has been pointed out elsewhere, no-one in England is more than thirty-five miles – so most supporters can probably get to a game, should they choose to. It is also worth pointing out that to lump all non-league football together as one entity could...

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