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Non-League: Billericay Town Owner Glenn Tamplin Unveils Dressing Room Overhaul, Complete With Tasteful Lion-Themed Mural (Photo)

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Love him or loathe him, Glenn Tamplin is pouring an awful lot of money into Billericay Town as he continues in his quest to spend his way up into the Football League.

As well as hiring a battalion of ex-Premier League players on exorbitant wagesto play against blokes with 9-5 jobs, Tamplin is also in the process of completely redeveloping Billericay's New Lodge stadium, far beyond the demands of a team who currently play in the Bostik Premier League (seventh tier).

‘I’m Prepared To Work For Free’ – Sol Campbell Willing To ‘Start In Gutter’ Of Non-League Football To Kick Off Management Career

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Sol Campbell has found it incredibly difficult to break into the world of management a plight that has become so desperate that he's using the national press to tout himself for jobs.

In a lengthy interview/covering letter inthe Guardiantoday, Campbell has basically let it be known that he's so eager to land a coaching role that he's willing to work for free just to get his foot in the door.

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy Seriously Considered Quitting Football Entirely To Become Party Rep In Ibiza

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"£25 gets you entry, two free shots and an hour in the ice bar..."

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has revealed that not so very long ago he had to talk Jamie Vardy out of quitting football entirely.

After finishing as top goalscorer in the Conference Premier whenFleetwood won promotion into the Football League in 2011/12, the Foxes (then of the Championship) took a gamble on signing Vardy, though he initially struggled with the step up and managed a paltry five goals in 29 appearances over the course of 2012/13.


East Midlands Counties League 2017-18

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This is an unofficial guide to the East Midlands League 2017-18. Please let me know of any inaccuracies or missing details. Also, please forward suggestions on improvements or futher information that you would like.

The EML an overview

The East Midlands Counties League has been going since 2008-09.

Leicester Road

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Saturday 8th April 2017 3.00pm
Midlands League Division One
Leicester Road 11 Southam United 0 ht: 5-0 att: 60 hc Entrance £5 Programme £1.50 Coffee £1

Stenson 7,12,25,38 (pen), Holt 43, Bennett 68, McGlinchey 72,79,80, Sandhu 82,83

fromLeicester Road Stadium

This game set a few personal records.

Anstey Nomads

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Tuesday 4th April 2017 7.45pm
East Midlands Counties Premier League
Anstey Nomads 2 Radford 3 ht: 1-2 att: 54 Entrance £5 Programme £1 Coffee £1

Michael45, missed pen 45, Taylor 80: Meakin 10, Kelvin 25, 90+3 (pen)

fromDavisdon Homes Park

Anstey Nomad's Davidson Homes Parkcompleted the East Midlands League for me.


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Tuesday 14th March 2017 7.30pm
West Cheshire League Division Two
Ashville 4 Southport Trinity 1 HT: 2-0 Att: 40 (hc) coffee £1 Free Entry No programme

from Villa Park

Ashville play at Villa Park and if their name was two words they'd be AVFC also.

AFC Blackpool

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Saturday 18th February 2017 3.00pm
North West Counties League Division One (step six)
AFC Blackpool 0 Ashton Town 5 ht: 0-2 att: 76 Entrance: £6 Prog £1 Coffee £1
: Robinson 41, Ablewhite 45, 64 (pen), Tyrer 86, Munro 90

fromThe Mechanics, Jepson Way, Blackpool
The choice was between AFC Blackpool and Nelson, two of the four I've left to visit in the NWCL.


Craptastic Non-League Mascot Of The Day: Runcorn’s Corny McCornface (Photo)

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It's been a while since Piespaid tribute toa brilliantly naff mascot from the non-leagues, so we thought we'd revive the series with an absolute boomer.

Introducing the erstwhile symbol of Runcorn Linnets FC, Ron Corn otherwise known colloquially as 'Corny McCornface'...

Photo: @CornyMcCornface/Twitter

Look at his little face.

Non-League: Brackley Town Unveil Pioneering Throw-In Set Piece, Promptly Make Complete And Utter Hash Of It (Video)

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This can only go well... (Image: Gainsborough Town)

Brackley Town could only managed a goalless draw against Gainsborough Trinity in the National League North on Monday evening, though it wasn't for the lack of endeavour.

Indeed, the hoststried everythingTrinity down, even debutinga strange new prototype throw-in strategy in a desperate bid to break down the defences.

Non-League: Billericay Town Owner Orchestrates Cringe-Inducing Motivational Sing-Song Ahead Of Ryman League Cup Final (Video)

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Ahead of his team's big Ryman League cup final clash with Tonbridge Angels on Wednesday evening,Billericay Town owner Glenn Tamplin waded into the dressing room to deliver a powerful burst of motivational noise.

After taking over the Blues last December, Tamplin promptly set about pumping thousands of pounds of his own money into the club with the vision of turning them into a non-league powerhouse.

Woolly Bullies: Marauding Sheep Interrupt Play During Welsh Alliance League Match (Video)

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Resisting the urge to resort to national stereotypes, the recent Welsh lower-league tie between CPD Llanberis and Llandudno Junction FC was momentarily interrupted by a pair of woolly hooligans wooligans, if you will.

Indeed, play was brought to a halt when the marauding pair came gallivanting onto the pitch midway through the Alliance League Division One fixture.

Non-League: Ex-Tottenham Midfielder Jamie O’Hara Scores Excellent Overhead Kick For Billericay Town (Video)

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Jamie O'Hara scored a rather splendid overhead kick in the Ryman Premier League over the weekend though sadly it wasn't enough to prevent his Billericay Town team falling to a 4-2 defeat against Enfield Town.

Having seen his top-flight career curtailed by a succession of injuries, the former Tottenham, Portsmouth and Wolves midfielderis now keeping his eye in down at Billericay, where he playsalongside fellow ex-Premier League icon Paul Konchesky.

Retro Football: Jeremy Clarkson Attends His Very First Football Match – Doncaster Rovers vs Frickley Athletic, 1998 (Video)

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Filminga segment forhis short-lived eponymous chat show, Jeremy Clarkson broke his duck and attended his very first football match in 1998.

Indeed, the Top Gear host paid a visit to his hometown club, Doncaster Rovers (bottom of the Conference at the time), to take in their FA Trophy tie against Frickley Athletic at Belle Vue in deepest, darkest November.

FAIL: Harrogate Town Defender Simon Ainge Misses From Two Yards, Skies Shot Out Of Stadium (Video)

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Gloucester City dukedout a 1-1 draw with Harrogate Town in the National League North on Saturday, though the away side really should have departed Whaddon Road with all three points to their name.

This is because Harrogate defender Simon Ainge was presented witha glorious chance to score, only to boom a gilt-edged open goal over the bar in spectacular fashion.

Video: Lincoln fans in fine voice at Arsenal

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9000 Lincoln fans in the away end today. Terrific support. #AFCvLCFC Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) March 11,...

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Non-League: Consett ‘Keeper Peter Jeffries Pulls Off Brilliant, Mind-Boggling Reaction Save Against South Shields (Video)

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Tuesday night saw South Shields beat Consett on their own turf down in Division One of the EBAC Northern League.

Consett found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 stuffing, butthe defeatwould've been even heavierwere it not for the heroic efforts of their goalkeeper, Peter Jeffries, who pulled off a mind-bogglingly brilliant reactionsave to keep the score respectable.

Video: Sutton sub keeper Wayne Shaw eats a pie during Arsenal game

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FA Cup: Sutton Reserve Goalkeeper Wayne Shaw Ate All The Pies On Bench During Arsenal Clash (Video)

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Sutton's superb FA Cup run has turned reserve goalkeeper and goalkeeping coach Wayne Shaw into something of a minor celebrity, with the big-boned stopper even receiving an offer to pose naked for a magazine.

During Sutton's fifth round clash with Arsenal on Monday night, the 20 stone 45-year-old decided to celebrate the glamorous evening by tucking into a pie on the subs bench, only once all three changes had already been made mind.

FA Cup: Theo Walcott Nets 100th Arsenal Goal As Sutton’s Incredible Run Finally Ends At Gander Green Lane (Photos & Video)

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Arsenal booked their place in the last eight of the FA Cup after a deserved yet challenging victory away to non-league side Sutton United, a team 105 places below the Gunners on the English football ladder.

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Sutton were rewarded for beating Leeds United in the fourth round with a glamour home tie against Arsenal, a side smarting after their 5-1 midweek hammering by Bayern Munich.

Football League

Peterborough Forced To Fend Off £250,000 Bid For Non-League Striker They’ve Not Actually Signed Yet

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Peterborough United have confirmed that they've been forced to turn down a bid for a player they haven't technically even signed yet.

A week or so back, Peterborough agreed a three-year contract with Dover Athletic striker Ricky Miller that would see the newly crowned 'National League Player of the Year' make the move as soon as his current deal expires this summer.

‘I Cannot Be Associated In Any Way With This Club’ – Barry Hearn Resigns As Honorary Life President Of Leyton Orient

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Former chairman Barry Hearn has resigned from his role as Leyton Orient's honorary life president, saying that he just "cannot be associated" with the beleaguered club under its current regime.

With players and staff unpaid for months, Orient are slowly being suffocated by current president Francesco Becchetti, who has successfully guided them from the League One play-off final to League Two relegationin the space of his three-year tenure to date.


In Response To Arsenal Whining, Long-Suffering Darlington Fan Describes What Supporting A Properly Inept Club Entails

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Rendered aghast at Arsenal fans descending into apoplexyover the prospect of not finishing in the top four of the Premier League for the first time since 1995, one long-suffering Darlington supporter decided to catalogue the misery he has witnessed over the years.

In order to detail what it's like to support a club who are actually hopeless, Darlo supporterJoe Kennedy produced the mother of all Twitter threads a testament to what it is to really suffer as a football fan.

Football Tat: All Pies Want For Christmas Is An Unofficial Lincoln City Danny Cowley Action Figure (Photo)

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What better way to reenact Lincoln City's remarkableFA Cup run of 2016/17 than with your very own, fully-poseable Danny Cowley action figurine?

Indeed, if the following photo is anything to go by, it would appear that a (presumably unofficial) toymodel of the Imps boss is available to purchase somewhere out there in the weird yonder.

Arsenal scouting mission blocked

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Sutton United keeper Wayne Shaw resigns after pie eating vs Arsenal

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Is Sutton keeper Wayne Shaw going to get off on a technicality after eating a pie vs Arsenal?

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Sutton United Goalkeeper Wayne Shaw Subject Of Gambling Commission Probe Into Sun-Sponsored Pie Stunt

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My how we all laughed as Wayne Shaw, Sutton United's 'roly poly goalie', crammed a pie into his face as he sat on the bench during last night's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Arsenal.

In the 83rd minute of the match (with Sutton having made their three permitted subs), Shaw who had become something of a one-man side-show over the course of the day pulled out a steak pie and ate it, safe in the knowledge he wasn't going to be called upon by manager Paul Doswell.

FA Cup: Arsenal Donate £50,000 To Sutton United To Help Build Two Classrooms For Local Kids

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Thankfully, it would appear that Arsenal's FA Cup fifth-round visit to Sutton United will leave a legacy behind that extends some way beyond a 23-stone bloke eating a pie.

FA rules prevented Arsenal from simply donating their share of the £100,000 gate receipts to Sutton.

However, as revealed by manager Paul Doswell after the match, the Gunners found a way to contribute a sizeable sum of money to the non-league side's coffers regardless.

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Non-League: Cheshire Derby Between Nantwich Town And Altrincham Postponed By Mid-Match Egg Bombardment

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Tuesday evening saw local rivals Nantwich Town and Altrincham FC go head to head in the first Cheshire derby of the Evo-Stik Premier Division season.

A tense and fraught affair at the best of times, it should come as little surprise to learn that play had to be postponed early in the first half after a disturbance in the terraces.

Non-League: Jermaine Pennant Joins Billericay Town To Take Staggering Weekly Wage Bill Beyond £3,000 Mark

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Nothing is official quite yet, but Jermaine Pennant is on the cusp of becoming the first ever footballer to have played in a Champions League final and the Isthmian Premier Division.

A little over a decade ago, Pennant played all 90 minutes in Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to AC Milan at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

Non-League: Lewes FC Become First Football Club In World To Offer Equal Pay To Men’s And Women’s Teams

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Non-League side Lewes FC have become the first football club in the world to offer equal pay to their men's and women's teams.

Lewes' men's side currently play in the Isthmian League Division One South, the eighth tier of the men's pyramid, while the ladies compete in the Premier League Southern Division, which is the third tier of the women's game.

26-Year-Old Factory Worker Snags Pro Deal With Stevenage To Become First Graduate Of Jamie Vardy’s Non-League Academy

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A 26-year-old factory worker from Leicesterhas become the first non-league player to earn himself a professional contract through Jamie Vardy's new academy.

Vardy set up his V9 academy with the specific aim of providing a launch pad for promisingnon-league talent, just as he rose from earning £30-a-week atStocksbridge Park Steelsto lifting thePremier League trophyin the space of six meteoric and still scarcely believable years.

Non-League: Northwich Victoria Supporters Raise £5,000 In 24 Hours To Prevent Historic Club From Folding

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Northwich Victoria has successfully raised over £5,000's worth of donations in the space of two days to help save the club brink of extinction.

The Cheshire club endured a fairly miserable season in 2016/17, finishing bottom of the Northern Premier League Division One South and being relegated down into the North West Counties League (ninth tier) as a result.

Non-League: Oxford City Unveil New Signing Matt Paterson In Local McDonalds Restaurant (Photo)

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Kudos are most definitely due to Oxford City, who decided to team up the unveiling of new signing Matt Paterson with a dash over to the retail park for a Big Mac and an Oreo McFlurry...

ICYMI | We are delighted to announce Matt Paterson has joined ahead of the 2017/18 season pic.

Retro Football: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Scores Against Non-League Heaton Stannington On A Pitch Behind The Local Fish & Chip Shop, 2012 (Photo)

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Today he may be on the verge of a €70million move between Dortmund and PSG, but just five short years ago Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found himself in altogether less salubrious circumstances.

Indeed, on 22nd July, 2012, Aubameyang travelled to the suburbs of Newcastle with the rest of his Gabon teammates to play a friendly against non-league opposition on a pitch tucked behind a chip shop and a Chinese takeaway.

FA Confirm ‘Sin Bins’ Will Be Trialled In English Lower Leagues As Of Next Season

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The FA have confirmed that they plan to trial 'sin bins' in the lower bouts of the English football league as of next season.

Officially referred to as "temporary dismissals", the experimental rule change will allow referees to punish players for dissent-related infringements by making them leave the field for 10 minutes.

Ali Dia 2.0: York City Release ‘Cousin’ Of Southampton’s Cuco Martina After Watching Him Play 81 Minutes Of Football

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York City have released defender Derwin Martina, just four short days after arriving at the club.

York agreed a deal to bring in the 22-year-old until the end of the season, believing him to be the brother of Southampton full-back Cuco Martina.

Indeed, the National League even announced as much when they broke the news on their official club website.

Gluttons For Punishment: Without Pie-Eater Wayne Shaw, Sutton Forced To Put Defender In Goal After Regular ‘Keeper Ross Worner Injured v Torquay

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In a rather incredible bit of bad timing, Sutton United were forced to use defender Simon Downer as a makeshift goalkeeper during their clash with Torquay on Saturday, after their regular 'keeper Ross Warner was forced off with injury.

Without their usual reserve goalkeeper, infamous pie-eater Wayne Shaw, poor old Sutton had no back-up goalie on the bench, However, the non-league side still managed to win the game 3-2.

Non-League: Legendary Cornish Hot-Shot Mark ‘Rappo’ Rapsey Scores 2,000th Goal Of 36-Year Career (Photo & Video)

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Sunday proved to be a momentous day down in the Cornish non-leagues, as one of their greatest exponents first reached and then subsequently passed a truly inspiring milestone.

Having first entered the fray as a spindly adolescentin 1981, Mark Rapsey known to all and sundry as 'Rappo' came on for Wadebridge Veterans against Lanreath and promptly scored the 2,000th and 2,001st goals of his 36-year football career, almost 19 years after he first passed the 1,000-goal mark!