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EX Bristol Rovers Trio Head UKFF Elite Squad Search

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Tom Serry, Ashley Bowles and Jack Camm are amongst a trio of ex professionals who will take part in the launch match of the UK Elite Squad. Ex Jamaican Youth International, Omar Thomas will also appear.

The match vs a Leatherhead Club X1 will take place at their Fetcham Stadium on 15th September and has been arranged by UKFF Executive Chairman, Adam Parry.

Aldershot Town prove there can be life after death

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The "Phoenix Club" lives on

Tonight marks the 20th anniversary of the demise of Aldershot Football Club. Having been a member of the Football League for 62 years, the club was declared officially out of business on the 25th March 1992 and had to resign from the League.

Yet 20 years on, Aldershot Town FC have risen from the ashes, and tonight take on Bristol Rovers in what many might see as a standard midtable fixture.


100 Owners: Number 88 – Tony Lazarou (Enfield FC )

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In November of last year, a non-league football club made its first appearance at its new home ground. This in itself is nothing truly remarkable. After all, football clubs relocating has been a common enough sight over the last quarter of a century or so. For this particular club, though, the move was a special one, bringing, as it did, to an end twelve years of asset-stripping, internecine arguing and a battle to keep senior football alive in a borough on the periphery of London that had become synonymous with one of the best known names in non-league football.

100 Owners: Number 90 – Jim Thompson (Maidstone United & Dartford)

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It was, as you will no doubt be aware by now, the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Premier League next month, but what will likely be forgotten in the slew of retrospectives is the fact that just three days after the behemoth which has come to eat English football in that intervening two decades the Football League saw its last to date resignation during the season.

This Is Enfield: The Towners Resume Their Upward Trajectory

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The end of season play-offs are both exhilarating and exhausting. For the clubs that finish in places just below the automatic promotion places, everything comes down those two or three matches at the end of the season and they come so quickly after the end of the normal league season that the work that has gone into securing a place just above that dotted line can feel as if it has come and gone all too quickly.

Successful Marketing At Needham: Andy Ollerenshaw Meets Needham Market FC

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As this season winds towards its end, one small town in Suffolk's football club is continuing its upward trajectory. Needham Market FC are in the play-off places in the Ryman League Division One North, only sixteen years after they were still competing in the amateur Suffolk & Ipswich League. Andy Ollerenshaw went to see what they're getting so right there at the moment.

Coming Home At Last: The Return Of Enfield Town

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Just over ten years after their formation, Enfield Town return to a ground of their own at The QE2 Stadium on Wednesday. The first match is a Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Harefield United on Wednesday 9th November followed by a Ryman League Cup tie against AFC Sudbury on Monday 14th November.

The Tropic Of Ruislip: An Afternoon Out With Wealdstone FC

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For our very last Non-League Day related story, David Bauckham travelled up to Middlesex for the Ryman League Premier Division match between Wealdstone and Bury Town.

I was once asked by someone to explain this "football pyramid thing" that I kept banging on about and it was only then, as a follower of non-League football for many years, that it dawned on me that there are many football fans out there who have little or no idea that the Pyramid even exists, let alone what it is all about.

Why You Should Support Non-League Day 2011

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It's Non-League Day tomorrow, but you already knew that, didn't you? The brain-child of Mike Bayly occasionally of this parish and James Doe is celebrating its second annual event this weekend, and the extent to which non-league football has embraced the idea has been refreshing, to say the least.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 20/08/2011

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Well, all of the leagues have finally started. The Isthmian League caught up with the rest and started its competitive season this weekend, meaning that everyone has now started for the new season, and this evening two of our four matches come from this league. First up, though, we're off to Surrey for Chertsey Town's first match in Division One Central of the Southern League.

Match Of The Week Meets The FA Cup: Ascot United 1-2 Wembley

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The story of how this evening's match between Ascot United and Wembley FC has come to be shown live via the medium of Facebook thanks to the tournament's sponsors, Budweiser, has, it could well be argued, had a positive effect for all concerned. The Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup and, in turn, the tournament itself has received a shot of publicity for a stage of the competition that usually receives next to none.

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

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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.

The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Fait Accompli

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As some of the regulars on this site will have been aware for some time now, we have been writing up the pre-season on this site for several weeks now, with the intention of putting the whole thing together as one downloadable PDF file. I'm delighted to be able to confirm that, with a couple of hours left before the start of the Premier League and non-league seasons, it's finished.

Ten Years Of Enfield Town

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With the future of Supporters Direct still under threat, it is worth taking a moment to reflect upon an anniversary that will most likely go unremarked upon elsewhere, but is still an anniversary that has changed our perception of how football clubs can be run. Long before Chester FC or FC United of Manchester, before even AFC Wimbledon were formed, the first club set up in protest at the ownership of one individual took their first steps.

Those We Have Lost: Richmond Road, Kingstonian FC

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After a depressing few days, let's try and lighten the mood a little as Mark Murphy brings us his memories of the former home of Kingstonian FC at Richmond Road.

I only saw the death throes of Isthmian League Kingstonian's Richmond Road ground. But it still had ‘something.' And (sorry if this is "too much information") most of my dreams involving Kingstonian games are still at Richmond Road, despite it hosting its last fixtures in January 1988.

Cautious Signs For Optimism At St Albans

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It has been a wretched season for St Albans City. Twenty-five years at the sixth level of the English pyramid -one of which, the 2006/07 season had been spent a division higher in the Blue Square Premier came to a crashing halt this season in a fog of humiliation, as they were docked ten points for financial irregularities and finished well adrift at the foot of the Blue Square South.

The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Whitehawk 1-1 Leatherhead (3-4 On Penalties)

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For men of a certain age, the name of Leatherhead FC makes the eyes mist over and the memories come flooding back. The Tanners were in Division One of the Isthmian League (which was renamed the Premier Division in 1977, following reorganisation) when they beat Colchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion on the way to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in 1975, where the BBC's Match Of The Day cameras saw them steal a two goal lead against First Division Leicester City before losing by three goals to two.

Northern League Day: Blyth Spirit: Spartans And The 1978 FA Cup

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It's Northern League Day today, a chance to celebrate the second oldest football league in the world. With this in mind, we have reached back into the archives for the story of a Northern League club that came within a whisker of making the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, all the way back in 1978 Blyth Spartans.

The Death Of Windsor & Eton

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With barely a whimper, as quietly as a mouse, a football club died today at the High Court in London. It might not matter that much to many people that Windsor & Eton Football Club should have slipped from consciousness today, but it matters to some the couple of hundred or so people that supported them, those that played for them, were amongst the backroom staff and the volunteers that ran the club through well over a century of history, for example.

Match Of The Week: Lancing 4-2 Witham Town (AET)

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Hove, Aldrington, Portslade, Fishersgate, Southwick, Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing. The train rumbles westward allong the coast from Brighton for an unexpected treat, an FA Vase Third Round match between Lancing, of the Sussex County League Division Two and Witham Town, of the Essex Senior League. The FA Vase, as many of you will be aware, was first competed for in 1975, following the FA's abolition of the formal distinction between professional amateur players.

Missing Leatherhead Away: The Moral Dilemma Of Not Going To Matches

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"Rites of passage" tend to involve teenagers and revolve around love and/or sex, certainly in the Hollywood films that I know about. Being a non-league football fan, I missed that particular rite of passage completely, along with pretty much every other interesting rite of passage you could think of.

Football League

The 100 Most Controversial Football Club Owners Of All-Time: No.99 – Stan Flashman (Barnet)

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There was always something inherently contradictory about Stan Flashman. He is, perhaps, best remembered as the "King Of The Touts" (often with the prefix "Self-Styled" attached to it), but when he craved respectability he would rebrand himself as a "Ticket Broker." Ultimately, though, he himself stated that he didn't care what he was called as long as the money was right.

Birthday footy

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Saturday 18th February 2012
Football League 2
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium

Today is the 35th birthday of the editor / big chief of All Roads Lead Somewhere and this was spent in east London. It had been suggested around Christmas time about going out for the day with my wife (Angela), mum (Christine) and her partner Dave but the question was where?

From Blue Square Premier to Football League

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Over recent months, we have called upon regular followers of non-league football in order to guess at which players might stand a chance of forging a career in the Football League, should they wish to take the opportunity. First up was Michael Hudson; the proprietor of The Accidental Groundhopper website running the rule over the Northern League.

The Twohundredpercent Vault: When Wycombe Made The Cup Semi-Final

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As the Twohundredpercent summer interval continues, we take a look back at Wycombe Wanderers' run to the semi-finals of the competition in 2001.

The FA Cup is a competition that throws up surprise results every season, but some records remain and one that may never be broken is that no-one from the bottom two divisions of the Football League has made The FA Cup final.

Manchester United

Smalling: I Should Win The League Every Year At United

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Five years ago, Chris Smalling was playing in the Isthmian League Premier Division with Maidstone and now he plays for the Champions of England.

After signing for the club over two years ago, Smalling came in to the first team squad 18 months ago and says that he doesn't feel like one of the newbies any more.

From Isthmian League to Football League

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A few weeks ago, that Accidental Groundhopper, Michael Hudson pondered over which Northern League players could make an impact higher up the pyramid. Now, for the second in our series, Barry from the superb site, The Cold End assesses the Isthmian League's finest, deploying its current moniker The Ryman League throughout.

Smalling In England Squad To Face France

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Two years ago Chris Smalling was playing in the Isthmian League for Maidstone. He was earlier today named in Capello's England squad to face France on Wednesday

Chris Smalling who has been impressive in his limited gametime at Manchester United has done enough to impress the Italian who was at United's Away draw to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Rest

Maidstone United FC

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Maidstone United 2 Leiston 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division

Maidstone is the county town of Kent, England, 32 miles south-east of London. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it with Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river was a source and route for much of the town's trade as the centre of the agricultural county of Kent, known as the Garden of England.

The 2012 African Cup Of Nations: The Morning After The Night Before

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I'm a fan of international football tournaments on the whole, regardless of quality (regular readers may have spotted this long ago). And the 2012 "edition" of the African Cup of Nations certainly put that philosophy to the test. Take out an extraordinary second round of group games and the uplifting climax and you were left with a series of not very good football matches, spoiled by wild shooting, woeful set-pieces, shocking referee's assistants, poor sportsmanship and crowds which gave all the grounds the look of an Isthmian League matchday.

Well Done Chris

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Congratulations to Chris Smalling who has been called up to the England squad for the first time. After impressing for the U-21, Smalling is one of the eight defenders that Fabio Capello has named in his squad for a friendly against France on Wednesday.

Two years ago he was playing for the Isthmian League side Maidstone United.