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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round

We have two posts making up our non-league videos of the week for this week, kicking off with three matches from the Third Qualifying Round of this year’s FA Cup. The clubs taking this part in this round of the competition will take their place against those of the Blue Square Premier in its final qualifying round, and should they win this match they will be have a chance of a live television appearance and the sort of prize money which can make a serious difference to the well-being of a non-league club. First up is the match between Lowestoft Town and Chelmsford City. Chelmsford are a division above Lowestoft Town of the Ryman League Premier Division, in ninth place in the Blue Square South, but Lowestoft are in second place in the table and have two games in hand on the league leaders, AFC Hornchurch and a crowd of 1,065 turned out at their Crown Meadow ground.   Our second match is between Cray Wanderers and Dartford. Cray Wanderers are another club from the Premier Division of the Ryman League, but they are a club with a unique place in the history of football as London’s oldest association football club. They currently play their home matches at Bromley while they await a move into a new ground in nearby Orpington. Dartford, meanwhile, are in third place in the...

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Northern Lights

The Northern League is the second oldest football league in the world, and they are exceptionally (and rightly) proud of the fact. Even though non-league football’s big reorganisation of 2004, in which two regional “second” divisions were added to the Football Conference, pushed it a step down the ladder, it remains a league that is fiercely proud of its independence. The league built its reputation on the large number of senior non-league clubs in the north-east of England, and even now there are clubs that you will recognise amongst its ranks, such as former FA Amateur Cup giants Bishop Auckland and FA Cup giant-killers Bedlington Terriers and Whitley Bay. One of its oldest clubs is Ashington AFC, a club which represents a town that is beloved in the media as one of northern England’s traditional “football hotbeds” – a club that has been rail-roaded by its local council into the brave new world of out of town stadia. Best known as the home town of Bobby & Jack Charlton and Jackie Milburn, Ashington’s football club has spent much of its 125 years living a hand to mouth existence. Nicknamed (perhaps unsurprisingly) “The Colliers”, the club remains fiercely proud of its history, which includes an eight year stay in the Football League. Placed in the Third Division North when the league expanded to four divisions in 1921, they were voted...

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