Match Of The Week: Haringey Borough 2-4 Wingate & Finchley

By on Jul 24, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

The new season continues to loom large on the horizon, and pre-season friendlies are a chance for clubs to try out their new signings ahead of the season proper starting. Non-League Day’s Mike Bayly went to see two clubs from the bottom of football’s food chain in their preparations for the new season. The London Borough of Haringey was recently named as...

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Match Of The Week: Chester 2-1 FC United Of Manchester

By on Jul 17, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

July, some say, is a little too early for the football season to start. The new season lumbers to life each year in the manner of a bear awakening from hibernation. We don’t merely leap to life, ready to jump into another year of those twin false gods of hope and despair, though. We have to be spoonfed our addiction, as if on a drip and we have to be cajoled...

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Back From The Brink? Almondsbury Town Live On, For Now

By on Jul 11, 2011 in Finance, Non-League | 0 comments

In the same week that Gloucestershire FA Chairman Roger Burden was elected Vice-Chair of the national FA, there was another bit of good news from his ‘patch.’ Almondsbury Town FC will continue, albeit a number of leagues below the league they ended last season in. Back in April I wrote about how the Almonds, a club with more than 100 years of history,...

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The Further Adventures Of Stockport County

By on Jul 9, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 8 comments

Stockport County director Lord Peter Snape declared in March 2009, one month before the club entered administration, that he wanted “Stockport County Trust to vote to relinquish ownership of the club,” because if it “had been run properly we wouldn’t be in this mess.” Snape now knows it wasn’t as easy as it looked; and the consequences of...

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Gateshead, Newcastle United & The Cost Of Football

By on Jul 9, 2011 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

Non-league football is often marketed as a low cost alternative to the Premier League but, as Paul Eke writes, that might not always be as accurate as we might think. Anyone who read my recent TwoHundredPerCent paean to Redheugh Park will have realised that Gateshead Football Club is something close to my heart. After all, travelling from Gateshead to (eg) Wycombe...

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The Noose Tightens Around Rushden

By on Jul 7, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

There was always something faintly ridiculous about the decision of Rushden & Diamonds FC try and appeal against their expulsion from the Football Conference. Leagues have their rules and, if clubs don’t abide by them, they are likely to run into problems and, whilst the Conference has got many things wrong in recent years, one thing that they have managed...

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The Twohundredpercent Vault: The Parallel Universe Of The FA Amateur Cup

By on Jun 27, 2011 in History, Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

The final day of the Twohundredpercent summer holidays kicks off with a look back at the history of the FA Amateur Cup. In a modern age of sponsors’ names, play-offs and the occasional feeling that we have reached a point in football at which change is the only constant, The FA Amateur Cup is a name that is absolutely reeks of a different age. It calls to mind an...

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Ten Years Of Enfield Town

By on Jun 20, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

With the future of Supporters Direct still under threat, it is worth taking a moment to reflect upon an anniversary that will most likely go unremarked upon elsewhere, but is still an anniversary that has changed our perception of how football clubs can be run. Long before Chester FC or FC United of Manchester, before even AFC Wimbledon were formed, the first club...

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