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This week’s Non-league videos have a running theme in that they all feature clubs that are owned by their supporters, and clubs that we are featuring this evening not necessarily those that get the most attention in the press. Our first match comes from the top of a very tight looking Blue Square North. Nuneaton Town are clear at the top of the table, but all of the teams below them have games in hand upon them. AFC Telford United have been knocking on the door of a place in the Blue Square Premier for several seasons, while Boston United are looking to reclaim the place there that they lost through demotion. The two clubs met yesterday afternoon at Boston’s York Street.
Another supporter-owned team chasing promotion are Cambridge City of the Zamaretto League Premier Division. They are in the play-off positions and have games in hand on the league’s leaders, Truro City, and yesterday they were at home against Hednesford Town, who are still in the chasing pack for a play-off place themselves.
Our third match comes from Scotland, where Clydebank had the chance to go to the top of the Scottish Junior Football West Division One yesterday afternoon. The club was formed in 2003 after the original Clydebank FC was bought by the newly-formed Airdrie United, who moved the club to Airdrie and took their league place. Clydebank now play in the SJFA leagues and yesterday a win at Glenafton would send them to the top of their league.
Our final match is from last week’s midweek fixtures. AFC Liverpool’s formation and existence may have somehow got confused between being a protest and merely a little brother club for the Premier League giants. They are currently in fourth place in the First Division of the North-West Counties League, and last week they were at home against Runcorn Town, another team that are chasing promotion into the Premier Division of the league.
Finally, the original protest club. Enfield Town are still owned by their Supporters Trust and are still playing in the Ryman League Division One North, and on Saturday were at home against AFC Sudbury.
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You have included the Cambridge City video twice instead of the Clydebank match.
Thanks, John. Have updated.
Another video that you should watch if you have time is Chester vs Clitheroe, which can be found here- http://www.natv.co.uk/
The game was the first home game for Chester since the passing away of one of the club’s directors Richard Wightman. In his time volunteering as membership officer of City Fans United (the supporter group that owns Chester FC), he oversaw the membership growing to over 2,700 members. This is a testament to the huge amount of effort he put into the club, often working late into the night to process memberships. In his final days he was still asking about Chester and couldn’t wait to get back and see the Blues once again. The match is a fitting tribute to his memory.
Richard, I would be delighted to use these on the site, but they don’t seem to have an embedding facility and this is something that I don’t have time to do myself. I would quickly add that I was aware of the sad situation regarding Richard Wightman and of how important his work was in swelling the ranks of CFU. We pass on our most sincere condolencies.
Thanks for the kind words. I am aware that the clips aren’t on youtube, but I think the club are working on getting the highlights up there at some point in the future. Nice and vague I know, but it’s something to look out for I suppose.
Not exactly in keeping with the theme of supporters owned clubs, but take a look at Bootle FC TV and see what you think.