Tales From The Old Spotted Dog: What Clapton FC Means

By on Jun 25, 2013 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

Forest Gate in East London is an unlikely setting for a football revolution, but the last twelve months have proved a life-affirming period for one of English football’s most historic clubs. Formed in 1878, Clapton FC forged a reputation as one the country’s leading amateur sides, winning the FA Amateur Cup five times and twice claiming the Isthmian League title....

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The Last Relegation Of The Season?

By on May 26, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

The domestic league season is now all but over, but seasoned watchers of non-league football will already be more than aware that the final whistle at the end of any season seldom means that the league tables of the non-league pyramid are set in stone in any way. This season it is the Premier Division of the Ryman Football League that is the cause of some...

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Meet Shaun Tuck, The Racist Non-League Footballer

By on May 23, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

We live in strange and occasionally dangerous times. The murder of a man in Woolwich yesterday afternoon was obviously a sickening event but the aftermath of such an incident is a time for cool heads, and much of the reaction of the political far right last night, namely in this case the self-defined “English Defence League,” reeked of the sort of...

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FC United of Manchester: From Glue To Gambling

By on May 8, 2013 in Non-League | 2 comments

You get four hundred words in to a match report of FC United of Manchester v Witton Albion and then all hell breaks loose regarding the scheduling and ticketing of the NPL playoff final plus Alex Ferguson retires as manager of Manchester United. If ever there was cause to CTRL-A > DEL an entire document, that was it. Which is just as well. Writing a match report...

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Tales From A Mickey Mouse Cup

By on May 2, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 5 comments

“It’s a Mickey Mouse competition with Mickey Mouse officials. Next season I’m fielding a reserve team.” They were words of an embittered loser. And when Isthmian League Kingstonian’s then-manager Chris Kelly said them, he probably never imagined he was foreseeing future attitudes towards “senior” cup competitions. I write this after Kingstonian lost 2-1 to...

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A Grand Day Out: On The 2013 FA Vase Final

By on May 1, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

This Saturday, Wembley plays host to its third cup final of the year – so far – when Spennymoor Town of the Northern League travel down to play Tunbridge Wells of the Kent League. Here’s Paul Caulfield with a little bit of background on the teams and the competition itself. “Saturday sees the Wembley final of the FA Vase; the national...

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