The Shaming Of St Albans City

By on Feb 6, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 9 comments

After almost one hundred and three years, St Albans City of the Blue Square South made their first trip to Wembley in an official capacity on Friday, but there was no silverware to be won from the disciplinary committee of the Football Association. The club had been charged with financial irregularities during the 2008/09 Blue Square South season and the punishment...

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Whitley Bay Go For Promotion

By on Feb 4, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 2 comments

The Northern League, Division One of which is Step 5 in the non-league pyramid, is a bit of a world of its own. Despite its name, it’s really a North East league, which was incorporated into the pyramid only in 1991. Even since then only a handful of teams have ever been promoted from it. They have some great team names – Bedlington Terriers, Jarrow...

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Crawley Town: why I am not celebrating

Crawley Town: why I am not celebrating

By on Feb 4, 2011 in Art, English League Football, Non-League | 7 comments

For people who come from other parts of the country, particularly in the Football League-saturated midlands and north-west of England, it might be hard to grasp the peculiar mentality which comes of supporting Brighton and Hove Albion. Their geographical catchment area is the envy of almost any of their rivals you could care to mention, having been the sole League...

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The Death Of Windsor & Eton

By on Feb 2, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 12 comments

With barely a whimper, as quietly as a mouse, a football club died today at the High Court in London. It might not matter that much to many people that Windsor & Eton Football Club should have slipped from consciousness today, but it matters to some – the couple of hundred or so people that supported them, those that played for them, were amongst the...

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FA Cup Match Of The Week: Torquay United 0-1 Crawley Town

By on Jan 29, 2011 in English League Football, Latest, Non-League | 16 comments

When a non-league club gets as far as the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, the goodwill shown by supporters of other clubs often transcends league and occasionally even local rivalries. Not so this year. Crawley Town have an excellent chance of making the Fifth Round of the competition, but there is at best a feeling of ambivalence surrounding this FA Cup run. This,...

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Leyton FC’s Unfathomable Past, Unsustainable Present & Uncertain Future

By on Jan 17, 2011 in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 18 comments

The easy option would be to say that the resignation of Leyton FC from Division One North of the Ryman League brings to an end the story of London’s second-oldest senior football club, but nothing in the history of this particular club has ever been as straightforward as we might expect it to be. The story of this particular club (or the several that have...

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Not A Terribly Happy New Year At Nuneaton or Tilbury

By on Jan 3, 2011 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

It only took two days for a familiar old boil that has never been properly lanced to rear its head in non-league football this year, as crowd trouble marred two non-league matches afternoon. These incidents occurred at Liberty Way, at the Blue Square North match between Nuneaton Town and AFC Telford United, and at the Ryman League match between Tilbury and Grays...

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