Tag: Redbridge

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The Blue Square Premier & The FA Cup

This weekend’s non-league videos of the week come from the Blue Square Premier and the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. In the Blue Square Premier, AFC Telford United have reacted positively to their promotion from the Blue Square North at the end of last season and sit in mid-table in the division at present and they were at home against Hayes & Yeading United, who were the beneficiaries of Kettering Town’s generosity – and subsequent implosion on Tuesday night. Our second match from the Blue Square Premier is between two sides that have been in the news for different reasons over the last few weeks or months. The green revolution is apace at Forest Green Rovers, and they were at home on Saturday against Mansfield Town. The remainder of our matches for this evening all come from the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. First up is the match between two teams with FA Cup pedigrees of their own – Blyth Spartans and Bedlington Terriers. Blyth still probably best known for their run to the Fifth Round of the competition in 1978, whilst Bedlington beat Colchester United by four goals to one in the First Round of the competition in 1998/99 before losing to Scunthorpe United in the next round. Coming up next is a Kent derby match between Bromley and Welling United, Redbridge and Bury Town, Dartford...

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When The Lights Went Out

AFC Wimbledon supporters will already be aware of the occasionally intransigent ways of the Ryman League. A couple of seasons ago, when an administrative error meant that one of their players was incorrectly registered with the Football Association of Wales rather than the FA, they were docked fifteen points until an independent committee stepped in and reduced the punishment. Now, almost two years on, they’re at it again. This time, the victims are Redbridge FA, and the crime is failing a fllodlight inspection. The punishment might just turn out to be the club’s very existence. Redbridge FC started out as a merger of Ford Sports and Brigg Sports in 1959 under the name of Ford United. The club played was semi-adopted by the Ford Motor Company and played at the company’s Ford Sports & Social Club. However, the company withdrew its funding from the club and allowed them only a one year rolling contract on their stadium. This arrangement wasn’t acceptable to the Ryman League, so they moved to the Oakside Stadium in nearby Redbridge and changed their name accordingly. On the pitch, they had been briefly reasonably successful, getting promotion to the Conference South, but they dropped like a stone between 2005 and 2007, back to the Ryman League Division One North, ground-sharing with Essex Senior League club Barkingside. Life is difficult enough for anyone at this level...

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