A Deeply Flawed Solution: Rushden Out And Kettering In At Nene Park

By on Jun 18, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 7 comments

It is the Annual General Meeting of the Southern Football League today, at which the ratification of the constitution of the league for next season will take place. One of the teams that is supposed to be starting the new season, however, Rushden & Diamonds, is now almost certainly not going be starting the new season at the end of a week that seems likely to...

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A Domain Name Dispute At Kings Lynn

By on Jun 15, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 31 comments

When The Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk awarded the lease to The Walks stadium to the Chapman family last year after the collapse of Kings Lynn FC, this can hardly be what they had in mind. The Chapmans have been acting with antagonism towards the clubs supporters trust, The Blue & Gold Trust, for some considerable time but this division has hit...

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Those We Have Lost: Feethams, Darlington

By on Jun 15, 2011 in History, Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

Next up in our series on the lost football grounds of Britain, comes one of the most poignant stories of all. Darlington left Feethams for The Reynolds Arena in 2003, leaving behind a home of over a hundred years to play in a vast bowl that has proved to be disastrous for the club. Stefan Volkmann writes on this most painful of moves. When historians of the...

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Is It Time To Re-Organise Non-League Football Again?

By on Jun 13, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 10 comments

The events of the weekend in the Football Conference have re-opened a debate within non-league football that has lain dormant for several years, in spite of increasingly contradictory geographical arrangements starting to become more commonplace. Mike Bayly wonders whether it is time to rip up the league committee’s rule book and start again. “At today`s...

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Those We Have Lost: Richmond Road, Kingstonian FC

By on Jun 13, 2011 in History, Latest, Non-League | 6 comments

After a depressing few days, let’s try and lighten the mood a little as Mark Murphy brings us his memories of the former home of Kingstonian FC at Richmond Road. I only saw the death throes of Isthmian League Kingstonian’s Richmond Road ground. But it still had ‘something.’ And (sorry if this is “too much information”) most of my dreams involving Kingstonian...

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The (Conference) North/ South Conundrum

By on Jun 12, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 11 comments

When is Worcester further south than Gloucester? When did Bishops Stortford become a northern town? How is it right for a part-time football team to travel 8,000 miles a season? Welcome to a geography lesson, Conference style. The outpouring of angst over Bishops Stortford being shifted from the Blue Square North from the South has been so great it has almost...

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Rushden Expelled From The Football Conference

By on Jun 11, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 28 comments

The non-league football AGM cup had been eagerly awaited, but the early results have still come as a bit of a shock. Rushden & Diamonds were expelled from the Football Conference this morning, a decision that will have ramifications throughout the non-league game. Southport, who finished in fourth from bottom place in the league and were to be relegated into the...

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The Rise, Decline & Fall Of Dudley Town

By on Jun 10, 2011 in History, Latest, Non-League | 8 comments

Following his quite excellent piece for us about non-league videos a couple of days ago, we are pleased to welcome Mike Bayly back from the Non-League Day initiative. Mike wrote a book called “Changing Ends”, about a season in non-league football, last year, and this excerpt from the book traces the history of Dudley Town FC, the representatives of the...

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