That Was The Weekend That Was: Red Cards & Rafa

By on Mar 11, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

It was, according to its website, the first time that this had happened in the one hundred eight years of the history of the Isthmian League. This afternoon at The Harry Abrahams Stadium in Finchley, North London, a match in its Premier Division between Wingate & Finchley and Thurrock was abandoned with five minutes to play, after the home side had five players...

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Football’s Not Coming Home: Gloucester City’s New Ground Plans Falter

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

Just a week shy of Gloucester City AFC’s 130th anniversary the club’s future has been thrown into doubt with the news that plans for a return to Gloucester are emphatically on hold until further notice. Safe in the anonymous mid-table of the Conference North the club take on Altrincham tonight at their current adopted home, 11 miles down the road in...

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Kingstonian 9-3 Cray Wanderers – No… Really.

By on Feb 13, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

And it was 0-0 after half-an-hour… The Kingstonian press-box is no place for the hard-of-statistic. Even before the end of their remarkable Ryman Premier Division victory over Cray Wanderers, we’d established that Ks scored 10 and 11 in the same Amateur Cup run in the mid-1960s. Indeed, one press-box habitué was at the 10-0 victory over Callenders Athletic: “a works...

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That Was The Weekend That Was: Post-Cup Hangovers & Degrees Of Separation

By on Feb 4, 2013 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

It’s not quite as simple as to say that the Premier League championship is headed back to Old Trafford this season, but it’s starting to look that way. Manchester City have now dropped four points from their last two matches against Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool, while Manchester United just keep winning. They have won twelve of their last fourteen...

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A Shot Across The Bows For Chester FC

By on Feb 3, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

At The Exacta Stadium yesterday afternoon, a crowd of 2,689 people saw Chester play out a goalless draw against Brackley Town in the Blue Square Bet North. It was a result that left the club seventeen points clear at the top of the table with a third of the season left to play, albeit with second-placed Guiseley having five games in hand on them. It seems unlikely,...

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Money’s Too Tight To Mention For Hucknall Town

By on Jan 30, 2013 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 6 comments

The FA Trophy run of the 2004/05 season must seem likely an awfully long time ago now for the supporters of Evo-Stik League Division One South side Hucknall Town at the moment. That year’s Trophy final might not have felt quite as glamorous as it might have done in previous years on account of being played at Villa Park because of the rebuilding of Wembley...

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Luton Town’s FA Cup Win Should Not Be Understated

By on Jan 27, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

There was, of course, a time when the boundaries between the Football League and non-league football were considerably more clearly defined than they are now. There was no such thing as automatic promotion and relegation from the top of non-league football, and non-league clubs wishing to make that particular great leap forward had to apply for a place amongst the...

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The Hamlet & The Stones: The Ryman League Warms Up For One Of Its Matches Of The Season

By on Jan 18, 2013 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

They’ll be working very in South-East London today to try and get tomorrow’s big match on in the Ryman League Division One South, between Dulwich Hamlet and Maidstone United. Here’s Damon Threadgold from The Real FA Cup with a look at Hamlet’s season so far. For the last couple of years, South London’s most nostalgic, if not most...

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