Category: Non-League

Soft Spots: The Polygamous Football Supporter

The predominant narrative of the modern football supporter paints us all as one club obsessives, but for many of us that all-encompassing obsession can be complemented with a number of “soft spots” for other clubs as well. Here’s Mike Bayly to explain his wandering eye.  When the subject of allegiance came up in my formative football education, I chose to read from a very outdated syllabus. Unlike my 1980s school peers, I shunned the ‘big five’ to follow sides from England’s lower divisions. On a given day, I could arrive in the playground wearing a Kidderminster Harriers cap or...

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Worthing FC, Me, My Boy & The Future

Imagine, if you can, a world without football. You’re aware of such a thing as *a* football, a round thing full of air that’s fun to throw, kick or chase around, although you don’t completely know it by name. Beyond that, though, nothing. No Manchester United, no Tottenham Hotspur. No Real Madrid, no Barcelona. No FA Cup, no World Cup. No pitch markings, no corner kicks, no laws of the game. No Richard Scudamore, Garth Crooks, or Jamie Carragher. No Hope Powell or Caroline Barker. No Carlos Alberto or Ferenc Puskas. There’s just you and a round thing that...

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The FA Cup 4Q Round: St Albans City vs Boreham Wood – Live!

Good afternoon, everybody! This is likely to be a long, uninterrupted stream of conciousness on the live blog this afternoon. Let me declare an interest. I went to my first match there in September 1982 and remain an avid watcher of their results. However, I live in Sussex nowadays, and distance – as well as other parts of my life, mean that I wouldn’t label myself as their number one fan. Back in a moment, the teams have just come out onto the...

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The Ongoing Travails of Altrincham FC

There can be little doubt that Altrincham Football Club is one of the great names of non-league football. Twice winners of the FA Trophy, Twice winners of what we now know as the National League, holders of the record for the most FA Cup wins over Football League opposition for any club that has never played in the Football League, Altrincham is a name that will cause people of a certain age’s eyes to briefly mist over. Yet Altrincham have fallen on fallow times, and the club’s rapid rate of descent over the last couple of years or so...

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Billericay Town: The Only Way Isn’t Necessarily Essex

Glenn Tamplin was background noise to my summer, merely the latest wealthy narcissist ejaculating wealth and narcissism over a non-league football club before the narcissism proves insufficient once the wealth runs out. Tamplin, the owner of Isthmian League Billericay Town, initially seemed little different to over-ambitious owners like Canvey Island’s Jeff King, Grays Athletic’s Micky Woodward and Hornchurch’s Karl Williams… even when he made himself Billericay’s manager (King did likewise at Canvey. But a closer look at Tamplin’s public persona (which strongly suggests there isn’t a private one) reveals plenty more “ejaculating.” The forty-five year-old frequently comes across like a...

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