In Search Of Non-League Videos

By on Jun 7, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

Self-produced videos, as featured here during the regular season, have become part and parcel of the way that many smaller clubs can market themselves to a wider audience. The brains behind Non-League Day, Mike Bayly, brings us up to date with this thoroughly modern phenomenon. Growing up a non-league fan in the 1980s and 1990s, you were as likely to see your club’s...

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In Exile: Gloucester City’s Lessons In Groundsharing

By on Jun 5, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 1 comment

As part of 200%’s series about Britain’s lost football grounds we look at Gloucester City, a club without a home ground since 2007. Unlike many other club’s in their league Gloucester City own their own ground, its just they can’t use it at the moment. They haven’t been able to play at Meadow Park for almost four years. The Tigers weren’t the victims of property...

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A Welcome Return To Ian Ridley

By on Jun 2, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

We wrote on the subject of the light at the end of the tunnel at St Albans City, now of the Southern League, at the end of last week, and are pleased to be able to update those that had not been paying too much attention over the last few weeks. The club, which has had the smell of dry rot hanging around it for the last couple of seasons, was bought out by local...

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Leigh Genesis: A Cautionary Tale

By on May 31, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

After three years, then, it looks as if the Leigh Genesis experiment may be coming to an end. The club had been rebranded during the summer of 2008, but it now looks as if the club is to cease playing after three years of chaos which followed what was supposed to be a brave new world in the history of a club which had, through several different names, been playing...

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Cup Football, Through The Prism Of The Hampshire Senior Cup

By on May 28, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 3 comments

Earlier this month, Neil Cotton visited the Hampshire Senior Cup final, and used the match as an opportunity to reflect upon the peculiar pleasures of cup football in general. It’s almost customary to refer to romance when it comes to cup competitions. There’s just something about the winner takes all simplicity which makes for Roy of the Rovers style story-lines....

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Cautious Reasons For Optimism At St Albans

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

It has been a wretched season for St Albans City. Twenty-five years at the sixth level of the English pyramid -one of which, the 2006/07 season had been spent a division higher in the Blue Square Premier – came to a crashing halt this season in a fog of humiliation, as they were docked ten points for financial irregularities and finished well adrift at the...

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A Matter Of Trust: Some Supporter-Owned Highlights From 2011

By on May 24, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

It is the end, then, of another long, hard season, and perhaps now is an appropriate time to be looking at how those clubs that are owned and run by their supporters trusts this season managed to fair. As AFC Wimbledon paraded the trophy that confirmed their accession into the Football League nine years after their formation, the words of the FA’s committee,...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Luton Town 0-0 AFC Wimbledon (3-4 Pens)

By on May 21, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 10 comments

So it all comes down to ninety minutes. There can, at least, be little debate that this year’s Blue Square Premier play-off final is being played between the two best teams left in the competition, following Crawley Town’s testosterone-fuelled championship win but, as we pan across the banks of empty seats at Eastlands this afternoon, it is difficult not...

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