The Non-League Primer


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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4 Responses

  1. Brenton says:

    Great piece. I’m looking forward to getting over to the UK sometime this year (calendar year, so probably sometime at the end of the summer). I’ll be heading over to Stonebridge Rd. to catch an Ebbsfleet match, and I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere, the crowd, the football and yes, the food.

    We might get something like what you describe in our lower levels of hockey here in Canada, for which I think attendances are up these past few years. The cheapest tickets to the NHL (highest league) team in Vancouver are $50, or £28. With a couple of beer ($8 or £4.50 each) the night out can be quite pricey.

  2. I really enjoyed this.

  3. Alan P says:

    even though i follow a premiership game home and awya and abroad..i still go to non legue games and was one at the weekend with a total of 25 people! cant beat the grassroots game!

  4. Matthew Keenan says:

    my local non league team is marine. Ill admit the lure of everton means id rather be at goodison park than rossett road. But on the odd occasion ive been to watch marine its been a welcome change from the premier league and all its add ons and stresses. Ive even scored at marine in a cup final. I cant imagine me banging one in at the gwladys street now im in my late 20’s. But the dream of scoring infront of a crowd is always kept flickering with these small local clubs providing the stage for sunday league and school cup finals. These non league clubs are more important to a local community than we realise. But in my heart of hearts i can never have split loyalties and i will always choose everton over any other team no matter what. But this piece has inspired me to make more of an effort to show a bit of passioon for local grass roots

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