Guernsey FC: Mission Accomplished At The End Of Season One

By on May 8, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

At the start of the season, Andy Ollerenshaw was kind enough to tell us the story of Guernsey FC, the first club from the Channel Islands to take a place in the English football pyramid. They have had a very successful first season in Division One of the Combined Counties League, and Andy has kindly returned to fill us on their progress over the last nine months or...

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This Is Enfield: The Towners Resume Their Upward Trajectory

By on May 7, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

The end of season play-offs are both exhilarating and exhausting. For the clubs that finish in places just below the automatic promotion places, everything comes down those two or three matches at the end of the season and they come so quickly after the end of the normal league season that the work that has gone into securing a place just above that dotted line can...

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Darlington FC: Saved, But At A Price

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

As has happened before in the recent history of the club, the battle to save Darlington FC went to the wire. Another deadline was hanging over the club this week with the a threat of liquidation waiting on the other side of it, but yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that the Darlington 1883 group, which has been battling to keep the club alive in this incarnation...

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Whitehawk FC: Nouveau Riche Out-Muscle The Old Stagers

By on Apr 29, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

After nine months and thirty-nine matches, then, it all came down to ninety minutes on the final day of the season in the Ryman League Division One South yesterday. That it did came down to an incident on the opening day of the league season. Whitehawk FC played an ineligible player in their first match at Maidstone United and were deducted three points for their...

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Final Day Shoot-Outs In The Ryman League

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

It is not that often that league title races are open enough to go to the final day of the season with the whereabouts of the championship trophy still undecided, but this season two of the divisions of the Ryman League will end with five clubs still hoping to win automatic promotion as champions of their division. In the Premier Division, the race is already over...

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Northwich Victoria: The 1874 Protests Come To Gigg Lane

By on Apr 23, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

Under normal circumstances, the last game of the season should be a cause for celebration for clubs near the top of their respective tables. On Saturday at Gigg Lane, however, FC United of Manchester’s final game of the season against Northwich Victoria was met by protests by supporters of the visiting club at the end of a season which has seen them lose their...

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Successful Marketing At Needham: Andy Ollerenshaw Meets Needham Market FC

By on Apr 16, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

As this season winds towards its end, one small town in Suffolk’s football club is continuing its upward trajectory. Needham Market FC are in the play-off places in the Ryman League Division One North, only sixteen years after they were still competing in the amateur Suffolk & Ipswich League. Andy Ollerenshaw went to see what they’re getting so right...

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The Northern Premier League Hammers Another Nail Into The Northwich Victoria Coffin

By on Apr 14, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

That they were playing on a Friday night in the first place told a story of its own. Northwich Victoria were entertaining Hednesford Town in a Premier Division match of the Northern Premier League last night when the news came through which rendered any efforts that the team puts in for the remainder of this season – an official announcement from the league in...

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