The first Saturday of September brought a full round of non-league matches, and we have
highlights of five of them for you in this weeks Non-League Videos Of The Week. Our first match
comes from the Blue Square Bet South. You may have been reading a lot on this site about Truro City
recently, and our first match features their home league match against Boreham Wood, which was
played yesterday at Treyew Road.
The premier division of the Football Conference may have started last weekend, but this weekend
is the one that we're marking as the start of the new football season and the return of our
non-league videos of the week. Tonight, we have four matches from four different divisions as clubs
get back to competitive action after their summer break.
We have five matches for you this week as our non-league videos of the week. First up is the
match from the Blue Square Premier between Ebbsfleet United and a club that has been having renewed
difficulties off the pitch again, Darlington. Next up are the goals from the Blue Square North
match between Altrincham and Gloucester City.
Last year was pretty clear cut in the Conference North, Alfreton were pretty much definitely
going up despite having a ridiculous backlog of games, the play-off places were fairly clear early
on and Redditch were dropping like a stone from around February time, but this season it looks set
to be a bit closer at both ends of the table and closer still in the middle.
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.
It's time for a bit of a non-league round-up (as is our wont at this time of the week), with
highlights of three matches from the last couple of weekend's worth of matches. First up, we're
taking the opportunity to catch up with one of the matches from the weekend of the 15th of January,
with the FA Trophy Second Round match between Blyth Spartans.
In football, as in so many other areas of drama and entertainment the lion's share of popular
discourse centres on the moments of high excitement and controversy when, as anybody that regularly
goes to matches will be able to tell you without skipping a beat, these are the moments that we
define our experience by precisely because of that rarity value.
Football supporters perusing the website of the commercial and retail property company GVA
Grimley might have recently spotted something that would take their fancy. "The property comprises
a purpose built non-league football stadium. The stadium, its immediate surroundings and surfaced
car parking stand on 1.
After arriving back home in Spain on international duty with the U21s, David de Gea has been
ceasly quizzed over the incident that saw him being caught half-inching a Krispy Kreme from the
Tescos in Altrincham an incident which, as tedious as it is now becoming, is also keeping him in
Wrexham striker Jefferson Louis scores a lovely goal in his side's victory over Altrincham. He is
substituted before the end and obliges the pitchside reporter with a frank analysis of why he came
off. A little too frank for Setanta Sports' liking! This is the television gods punishing those who
think it is acceptable to break away from the match to interview someone during the game.
One man who is glad of Setanta's TV coverage! Apparently, this strike from Michael Welch is a
couple of weeks old now but I am sure he will excuse our tardiness as we bring his 70-yard strike
against Crawley Town to move viewers! Spotted on 101GG Share on Facebook
I can't really sum it up any better than my dad did, just the other day he said he'd love to
follow City again, "but that's not Manchester City". It's exactly how I feel, that the club I grew
up supporting just isn't really there any more, and something else stands in their place. There's
an odd disconnection in attempting to write about the two things together, but I'll do my best.
Jamie Phoenix, a man who epitomises everything Les Rosbifs stands for, has finally reappeared on
the international football scene in far-flung Albania. Phoenix, who has a string of clubs in
England and abroad to his name, including Altrincham, Stafford Rangers, Bolton Wanderers (perhaps)
and Manchester City (perhaps), is currently on trial with Superliga side KS [.
The following players have been known to have played abroad during the past 12 months, but have
since disappeared. There are also players I am looking for some further information on, in an
effort to track their careers and ensure whether or not they should be on Les Rosbifs. I would be
extremely grateful for [.
The first player to extend his contract with Stevenage this summer is Charlie Griffin according
to this morning's NLP. The paper says that he has signed a one year deal and plans to return from
injury in time for pre-season. It's the first bit of news that we've heard regarding new contracts
for both players and the management and I think it's safe to assume that Westley's contract has
been sorted if he has started talking to players about next season.
Well we never do things the easy way do we? We were by no way at our best last night, but we did
just enough to come away from Moss Lane with 3 vital points. It's these sorts of games that if you
win then you just know it's going to be your year. However, it certainly didn't look like that 10
minutes from time.
Saturday's win against Forest Green, plus Luton's failure to beat Tamworth means that¬ Stevenage
will clinch promotion from the BSP if¬ they collect maximum points from their next two games. It's
fitting that those games are against two sides that have been in and around the Conference for as
long as we have.
Two¬ wins from the next¬ four games is all that is needed to win Stevenage promotion to the
football league. Boro's 2-0 win against Forest Green, plus Luton's failure to beat Tamworth means
that if Graham Westley's side beat both Altrincham and Kidderminster away from home this week, they
will be confirmed as Blue Square Premier Champions for 2009/2010 with 2 games still left to
I haven't got an internet connection until the weekend, but thought I better put something up
tonight after a superb result and performance away at Luton Town. I arrived about 45 mins before
kick off after finding somewhere to park in the ghetto! The atmosphere was electric in the ground.
The Boro fans can be very proud of themselves tonight.
With Luton, Cambridge and Oxford all dropping points, Stevenage missed a big oppoortunity to
close the gap on the leaders of the Blue Square Premier after being held at home by lowly Grays.
The Essex side came into the game after a run of 3 straight defeats, but frustrated Westley's side
Sorry for the lack of updates over the Easter period, but I've been very busy. I hope you all
had a¬ great easter. In football terms, it couldn't of got much better on the pitch. After bouncing
back last Tuesday with a win over rivals Cambridge, Graham Westley's side have¬ gone back to¬ where
they were before the defeat at Kidderminster.
It wasn't the performance that fans have been used to in recent weeks, but Stevenage got the
win they needed to continue their unbeaten run and stay in 4th position in the Blue Square Premier.
A 93rd minute goal from Mark Roberts meant the Hertfordshire side took all 3 points back with them
down the M6.
Manchester United keeper David De Gea just can't seem to catch a break let alone a
football these day's, his latest gaff came in a Tesco store as he was caught dunkin
doughnuts without paying.
The Spaniard, 20, was questioned by Tesco security staff after he and a friend were caught
dunkin the delicatessens on CCTV before leaving the store without paying for them in a store in
My Football Manager journey began back in 1993. I was playing the Commodore Amiga, the game was
called Championship Manager and the makers went by the unimpressive name of Domark. If you are
wondering how this relates to the game currently known as Football Manager then this story is
probably not for you.
I've seen this idea implemented on other sites many times, but thought I'd execute it as
comprehensively as I could on the blog a side made up of players whose surnames are also names of
countries. If you have any other ideas of who could be in this team then please leave your
suggestions in the comments section.
Next up for Stevenage is the longest trip of the season and hopefully, like last season, the
venue where Boro win their first 3 points of the season. The start of the season has been a bit of
an anti-climax compared with the way we ended the last campaign. At the moment, two poor
performances have yielded just two points against newly promoted opposition and a lot more was
expected when the fixtures were announced.