Monsoon Conditions Fail To Dampen The Renewal Of A Sussex Rivalry

By on Dec 27, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

Leaving Brighton yesterday afternoon for the Boxing Day match between Lewes and Bognor Regis Town, all seemed quiet and all seemed fine. There was a little light rain in the air and a chill in the air which merited the addition of an extra layer, but nothing excessive. Spirits couldn’t even be dampened by the decision of Southern Rail to not run any Boxing Day...

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Hinckley United’s Season Goes From Bad To Worse

By on Dec 19, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

One of non-league football’s more enduring crises of recent seasons reached its head this week with news of the postponement of the Blue Square Bet North match between Hinckley United and Bishops Stortford. A transfer embargo was placed upon the club by the Football Conference at the end of October following a failure on its part to pay the wages of five...

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Hastings United’s Greatest Night & Marvellous Opportunity

By on Dec 14, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

It was an evening of football dramatic enough to be thoroughly fitting, when we consider what was at stake, for the occasion. A capacity crowd of just over 4,000 people was at The Pilot Field last night to see Hastings United of the Ryman League Premier Division play off against Harrogate Town of the Blue Square Bet North, and the relative underdogs from East Sussex...

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Cyber-Squatting, “Sharp Business Practice” & Pre-Pack Admin: The Business Stylings Of Graham Bean

By on Dec 2, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

The last forty-eight hours have seen a further twist in a story which we might have been expecting to come to an end. A couple of weeks ago, members of the Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust voted to sever their ties with the husk of a club that they had been supporters of and form their own new club, and on Thursday of last week a meeting of Trust members voted...

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A Rash Of Non-League Cancellations Causes More Than Mere Disruption

By on Nov 27, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

The postponement of matches has become, in recent years, something of a rite of passage for any non-league football club on the point of financial collapse. It has become an apt metaphor for the state of a club – in such a desperate position that it is unable even to pay to get to an away match or raise a team – and its significance hasn’t, in...

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Who Will Save Histon Football Club?

By on Nov 18, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 5 comments

A familiar theme of recent years has been that of the non-league football club that stretched too farm, and it seems likely that this phenomenon will claim another victim in the near future after the cancellation of Blue Square Bet North club Histons trip to Colwyn Bay last week. Yet as with so many clubs playing at this level of the game, recent ups and downs mask...

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A Fresh Start For The Supporters Of Northwich Victoria

By on Nov 16, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

The lengthy, drawn-out saga that has been Northwich Victoria Football Club reached something of a denouement this evening, with a vote taken by members of the clubs Supporters Trust to split from the old club and forge ahead to start their own from the start of next season. The decision was reached with a massive majority – a vote of one hundred and forty-five...

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The Mid-Life Crisis Of A Football Supporter

By on Nov 9, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

Ageing hits us all in different but familiar ways; loss of hair, loss of memory, loss of physical abilities… loss of memory. With football fans, as in ‘fanatics’, the ageing process manifests itself in feelings I experienced this week. My team, Ryman League Kingstonian, were playing at a ground to which I’d never been and which was relatively straightforward to get...

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