It was in March 1992 that Aldershot Football Club became the first Football League club since Accrington Stanley in 1962 to close its doors in the middle of a season, and now the man that was responsible for that is involved at another club that is set to enter into administration. He was known as Spencer Trethewy at the time and made enough headlines when, in 1990, he took control of the Shots at just nineteen years of age on the back of a £200,000 signed affidavit.
There are few people in lower division football for whom more vituperation is reserved than Graham Westley. The Preston North End manager has a reputation for management-speak and self-aggrandisement that is well known, but such character flaws are hardly unfamiliar in football management even at its lower levels.
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.
It's the penultimate week of the non-league season, and while most of the championship issues
have now been resolved there are still relegation places to be filled at the bottom of many of the
tables. We've got a mixture of the top and the bottom of the tables for you this evening, kicking
off with the bottom of the Blue Square Premier.
We're mostly heading south for this weeks non-league videos of the week, and specifically to the
Blue Square Bet South. Woking have opened up a gap at the top of the table, but their trip to a
Hampton & Richmond side struggling to avoid relegation still looked like a tricky match, while
elsewhere Farnborough FC were at home against Tonbridge Angels and Dover Athletic were at home
against Welling United.
Refreshed and reposed after a break for Christmas, we're back this morning with a double dose of
Non-League Videos Of The Week. We have a couple of matches from the Blue Square Premier coming up a
little later this morning, but we are starting off with five of Boxing Day's matches from the Blue
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.
The fifteenth of May must have felt like a long time ago for the supporters of Farnborough FC on
Tuesday night. On that particular day, Farnborough stood at the cusp of a place in the Blue Square
Premier. Having finished in second place in the Blue Square South behind champions Braintree Town,
they started their play-off final with home advantage and as the favourites to beat Ebbsfleet
There is a lot of money flying about in the Blue Square South this season as the teams jostle to
fill the void at the top left by Braintree Town and Ebbsfleet United. The gap between those with a
decent budget and those without seems to be growing a bit more in the southern half of Step 2 than
in the northern half.
This weekend sees the FA Cup final and a round of Premier League matches, as well as play-offs
in the Football League. This evening, though, we are going to take a two-part look back at the
play-offs in the Football Conference over the last couple of weeks or so, kicking off with action
from the Blue Square South play-off semi-finals.
The Premier League season is still going and the Football League season ended at the weekend,
but the non-league play-offs have already begun and, in some cases, have already ended. The Ryman
League Premier Division play-off final was played on Saturday between Tonbridge Angels and
Lowestoft Town, with the semi-finals having seen Tonbridge having beaten Harrow Borough and
Lowestoft Town having won a local derby against Bury Town.
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
There are just four weeks left to go of the season in the Blue Square South, one of the two
feeder leagues to the Blue Square Premier, and there is still all to play for at the top of the
table. This week's Non-League Videos Of The Week features six of the top eight in the league, and
with the battle for the title and for the four play-off places still wide open, there is still all
to play for.
We have got four matches for you as our non-league videos of the week selection tonight. First
up is a match between two teams chasing play-off places in the Blue Square South, Woking and
Farnborough FC. Farnborough started the day in third place, but knew that anything other than a win
could see Welling United leapfrog them on goal difference.
All things considered, life was always going to be difficult for Gloucester City. The football
team in a city that is a rugby stronghold has always found shaking off the perception of being the
junior of the two codes hard work, but this hasn't been helped in recent years by a series of
events that seems to have left the club fighting a constant uphill struggle.
Ebbsfleet Utd keeper Preston Edwards was livid with his defence after been sent
off after just 10 seconds of their Conference South tie with Farnborough at the week-end and you
can't have blamed him, what a slack back-pass.
The 2008/09 season has been a mixed bag for Lewes FC to say the least. The club have been beset by
off the field problems (mainly financial) on almost a weekly basis. There are reasons to be
cheerful down at the Dripping Pan though and for now let's dwell on the positives.
The final sweep of Les Rosbifs has led to as few more players leaving the list, the most notable of
whom is Tommy Mooney. The former Watford, Aston Villa, Scarborough, Southend United, Birmingham
City and Walsall (to name many) striker has decided to hang up his boots after an extensive career
spanning the English leagues.
Stevenage have travelled to Hampshire tonight to face Farnborough in the second round of the FA
Trophy. The game was initially supposed to be played on Saturday, but due to the adverse weather
conditions it has been re-arranged for tonight. You can keep updated with the latest
events from Cherrywood Road right here.
If the Cherrywood Road pitch passes a 10.30am inspection tomorrow morning, then it will be a return
to the club which Boro manager Graham Westley once owned and managed. Westley infamously left the
Hampshire club in 2003 just days after taking them to Highbury to face Arsenal in the FA Cup and
took a lot of [.
News filtered through yesterday that Stevenage Borough are set to sign Darren Murphy, a 23
year old midfielder from Cork City, a team who plays in the Irish Premier League. Initially Murphy
will just train with the club as he is not allowed to sign officially until the January transfer
window opens, but will sign a [.
Farnborough, 03 Oct, 2010: Farnborough's match today against Nepal United has been called off
due to a waterlogged pitch. The club will be looking to re-arrange the fixture for a future date.
Farnborough FC has apoligised for any inconvenience caused by the news, and requested pass the
information onto others.