Tag: Hayes & Yeading United

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 14/08/2011

The non-league season – the Isthmian League aside – started yesterday, and we’re delighted to be able to bring you highlights of four matches this evening, one from the Blue Square Premier, two from the Blue Square South and one from the Premier Division of the Southern League. The first match is between Hayes & Yeading United and Alfreton Town. Hayes & Yeading are starting a season in exile at Woking, having sold their Church Road ground without the former home of Yeading, The Warren, and the problems that they may face were placed into sharp focus by the fact that a crowd of just 262 people turned out for this match yesterday. A decade ago, Alfreton Town were beginning a season that would see them win the Northern Counties East League. Yesterday, they were playing their first match as a Blue Square Premier club. Our second match is from the Blue Square South, and is between Chelmsford City and Truro City. Chelmsford have been beaten in the semi-finals in the play-offs for the last three seasons, and will start this season with expectations of going one better than that this time around. Four years ago, meanwhile, Truro City were in the Premier Division of the Western League, but they start this season one step away from football’s fifth division, and optimistic of going higher than that themselves. We’re...

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In Exile: Gloucester City’s Lessons In Groundsharing

As part of 200%’s series about Britain’s lost football grounds we look at Gloucester City, a club without a home ground since 2007. Unlike many other club’s in their league Gloucester City own their own ground, its just they can’t use it at the moment. They haven’t been able to play at Meadow Park for almost four years. The Tigers weren’t the victims of property developers, megalomaniac chairmen or greedy landlords. It was the might of the River Severn, which forced them from Meadow Park in July 2007 Four years on and Gloucester are still enjoying a nomadic existence with their third groundshare about to enter its second year, after a season at the Forest Green Rovers’ New Lawn and two at Cirencester Town’s Corinium Stadium the Tigers are now playing at the Abbey Business Stadium, home of Cheltenham Town. A planning application for a new ground back in Gloucester is in but realistically the Tigers won’t be home for a year or so yet (I covered the plans a bit here and since then the update is, well…there is no update really.) Hayes and Yeading fans, preparing for a year of groundsharing as Beaconsfield Road’s revamp is finished will have transport laid on to Woking’s ground to encourage them to keep the faith during the season away, the Tigers’ Supporters Trust has done the same for City fans...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

Our non-league videos of the week are twety-four hours later than usual this week but, to make it up to you, we’ve brought together the highlights of five matches this week. Our first match is from the Premier Division of the Ryman League and is between the league leaders, Sutton United and Hastings United. Sutton went into the match knowing that a win would hand them the league title with a little to spare, while Hastings went desperate for the points themselves, sitting, as they do, just above the relegation places. Our second match is from the top of the Blue Square South. Braintree Town went into their home match against Havant & Waterlooville knowing that a win would leave them at least four points clear of second-placed Farnborough with just three matches of the season left to play. Havant, meanwhile, needed a win to keep their faint mathematical chance of grabbing a play-off place alive in any way. In the Blue Square North, meanwhile, it is AFC Telford United who are doing the chasing. Alfreton Town were two points clear of Telford with a game in hand and just three more rounds of matches yet to be played. On Saturday, they were away to Hinckley United, who are just about safe from relegation but would probably appreciate one more win, just to be absolutely certain. We’re going to...

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Two Grounds But No Home: Hayes And Yeading Uniteds Next Gamble

One of English football’s most desperate races at present is that to avoid the drop from the Blue Square Premier at the end of this season. There are just four points separating Cambridge United in sixteenth place and Altrincham in twenty-second position and, with Eastbourne Borough and Histon already all but condemned, this means that any two from seven could join them, with just five or six matches – depending on which club we are talking about – left to play. One of this seven, however, could have more pressing matters in its mind at present. Hayes & Yeading United, currently two places and one point above the relegation zone, could yet be ending this season without even knowing where they will be playing their home matches next season. Since the merger of Hayes FC and Yeading FC in 2007, the club has arguably out-performed on the pitch whilst under-performing away from it. They managed promotion into the Blue Square Premier in 2009 through the play-offs and managed to keep their heads above water against the odds last season, but crowds have not, on the whole, increased with their higher status (the average is at present swollen by large travelling contingents from the likes of Wimbledon and Luton, but the average for a run-of-the-mill home match seems reasonably consistent at just over three hundred people) and, from the relative...

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The AGM Cup: Or How To Avoid Relegation, The Non-League Way

With the AGM Cup looking set to decide the non-league pyramid’s final placings once again, Jenni Silver looks at some of this year’s possible contenders. It should be the most exciting time of the season, promotions, play-offs and relegation dog-fights, the glorious month which ends the football season. But forgive me for not really feeling it this year. Somehow I know the Blue Square North table after the last game has been played won’t really tell the true story of the winners and losers of the league. The same can be said of its sister league in the south and the BSP too, along with several of the feeder leagues. As with the past few seasons the real winners will come in the AGM Cup, the clubs who are lucky enough to be handed a reprieve at the expense of another club with no ground grading/ financial woe/ big tax bill (delete as applicable.) Give it a few years and we will effectively be back in the days when clubs were voted in and out of leagues and relegations didn’t count if you had the right connections. I’m not being dramatic here, last year no one was relegated out of the BSN or into it from the BSP thanks to Salisbury and Northwich being booted down the pyramid (Grays Athletic, Farsley Celtic and Chester City had already dropped out...

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