Hayes & Yeading United – The Comeback Kings

Ian

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. Joris says:

    Are Hayes & Yeading still playing at Church Road next year?

  2. Joe says:

    I hope you’re right about Gateshead, and if they manage to move to a proper, purpose-built stadium soon, I think they stand a fair chance of becoming the north-east’s sixth professional club…oh, okay, fifth, since it seems more or less certain that we won’t be around by then. But the ability of the Big Three to stomp on any potential local competition has been well demonstrated this season by the plight of Newcastle Blue Star. BS have just won the NPL1N play-offs, and might have one eye on cashing in on the shenanigans at St James’ themselves (their press material alludes optimistically to their potential future as a ‘second league club in Newcastle-upon-Tyne). However, they’re looking down the barrel of a gun at the moment and look set to go out of business within the next couple of weeks, having not been able to attract the required fanbase in spite of their success.

    It’s not helped by the fact that the partisan regional loyalties in the outlying towns tend to create conflicts of interest. Blyth and Whitley Bay are both big clubs for their level, but there is a sense that a sizable chunk of their supporters would always declare their preference for Newcastle if push came to shove. I think the same might well apply for Durham City’s supporters as regards Sunderland.

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