Frozen Out


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Paul rushton says:

    It is a sad state all over the non league world. Local businesses are finding it hard to sponser. Locals are more than happy to sit at home and watch sky. It is a national problem that can be only helped by the FA. Mergers of local clubs not ideal to fans in reality is a must. The cash cow that is the premiership as to cascade its fortune.
    I dont believe this will ever happen ,now that scouts are rarely seen at non league grounds these days. Why should they bother, cheap imports that really are not very good is the norm.
    Club academy football should be at local non league clubs and the kids sign for them until they have learned the trade not go to an academy not make it and then fall into non league if they still have the appetite after being knocked back.

  2. Interesting article. It is very difficult for clubs to survive on attendances this low, and while Fisher get a few more than Leyton they are one of the less well-supported sides in the Conference South.

    Mergers may be necessary in some cases, though I take issue with the previous comment as league clubs are still well aware of the talent available in non-league. Fisher lost four players to league football over the summer, but this is good for both the players and the club if they can build a reputation for developing young talent.

    I think that part of the problem in London is that the non-league sides have failed to tap into the new communities that have grown up around them. League sides fail at this too of course, but non-league clubs are missing a trick here as they offer walk-up entrance, and cheaper prices. There is a Polish bar in Leyton, presumably frequented by Poles who like football. Try and get them to a game!

  3. rob ukak enderle says:

    Top level football is out of reach for many families and honestly, the style of play is more to my liking and most importantly, entertaining.

    Its a shame that people who claim to like football mean only the game that is played by recognizable names.

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