Category: Non-League

The Ryman League Denouement: Close Shaves At Both Ends

Sky Sports would have LOVED it. The title in doubt until minutes from the very end? Play-off and relegation places decided by stoppage-time action? And controversy? Just step this way. Easter Monday simplified the Ryman Premier’s various issues, although it still left only one game, Tonbridge Angels v Worthing, with nothing at all riding on it. Saturday’s extraordinary events reintroduced the chaos theory. To quickly-ish recap, Havant & Waterlooville led the table by two points from Bognor Regis Town, who had a better goal difference. So, if Bognor won at home to relegation-threatened Metropolitan Police, Havant HAD to win at...

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The Ryman League Reaches Its Denouement

Sky Sports’ more perceptive staff might be wondering if this season’s final Premier League (EPL) “Super Sunday” might be a super… damp squib. The Ryman League Premier Division’s insane run-in would currently make better telly. When Saturday Comes magazine’s late, lamented (by me, anyway) diary section used to call the Football League Championship “the mad division,” because…it was. As unpredictable as Donald Trump in a dizzy spell and as competitive as Trump’s senior Whitehouse staff on a tetchy day, while the Premier League/Premiership was a dismal Arsenal/Manchester United duopoly, when Man Yoo weren’t strolling it. The business ends of...

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Kingstonian On The Move Again

Football protest movements are usually admirable. You wish every good fortune to Millwall and Leyton Orient fans. But Kingstonian fans? Where’s that “head-in-hands” emoji? Ryman League Kingstonian (Ks) will be ground-sharing at Ryman colleagues Leatherhead next season, for “an indefinite period” before Ks’ potential move to a new ground within Kingston borough. It is a one-year deal with an annual renewal option, dependent on the moves’ progress…or otherwise. The scenario, announced on February 22nd, is riddled with uncertainties. Ks ground-shared with then-Ryman colleagues Hampton in February 1988. However, our move to Kingston borough’s Kingsmeadow Stadium was already assured then...

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Football Shorts: Sutton United: From The Sun To A Cloud

Football can be a game of what ifs, and while Arsenal eventually picked a way through their trip to Gander Green Lane to play Sutton United last night, home supporters might well be left wondering how things might have been different had Roarie Deacon’s second half shot fallen a handful of inches lower and not crashed back off the crossbar with Arsenal’s lead still at two-nil. Might they have been able to find a further way back into the match? It’s possible, but we’ll never know for sure. A goal in each half was enough to send Arsenal through...

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The Continuing FA Cup Adventures of Lincoln City

Sometimes historical precedent can be a little misleading. When the full-time whistle blew at Turf Moor yesterday afternoon marking Lincoln City’s progress into the quarters-finals of this year’s FA Cup, various years started showing up on social media in order to try and explain just how unprecedented this win was. When the history of the FA Cup is so convoluted, it is perhaps understandable that people should start to get their dates in the wrong order. The last time that a non-league football club made this stage of the competition was 1914, but football’s landscape was very different to...

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