The AGM Cup: Or How To Avoid Relegation, The Non-League Way


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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3 Responses

  1. SC88 says:

    The mismangement and ultimate demise Chester, Farsley Celtic, Kings Lynn, Merthyr & co caused all kinds of seismic ripples around the pyramid last season.

    Including the looney toons relegations from Step 3 to 4.

    The team finishing 21st/22 of the Unibond Premier stayed up and the team finishing 20th/22 in the Ryman Premier went down!!??!? Ashford Town (Mx.) being the unlucky ones.

  2. Stuart says:

    Being a Salisbury I just wish any rules are applied evenly. Despite us being honest about our financial predicament and others not (ahem FGR) we get demoted two leagues and others minisucle point deductions. Reading SC88’s comment doesn’t seem like this will happen though.

  3. greenjonty says:

    My big problem with the AGM cup is the teams that are able to take voluntary relegation. Having gained promotions with foundations built on sand, as soon as the plug is pulled financially, clubs are then able to pick and choose which level they play at the following season. Canvey Island and Grays Athletic are prime examples in recent seasons. Unable to compete in their rightful level for whatever reason, they were able to cherry pick their way back to Ryman Division 1 level rather than taking the beatings they’d handed out on the way up, back on the way down. Say what you like about they way Weymouth have been run, at least they haven’t hidden and looked for an easy way out.

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