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Set-Piece Pioneers: Non-League Boreham Wood Trick Arsenal With The Old Freekick Switcheroo, 2013 (Video)

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The annual pre-season friendly between Boreham Wood FC and Arsenal has become something of along-standing staple over the past couple of decades, with both clubs using the meeting as a chance to test their respective mettle before getting into the real nitty-gritty of the new campaign.

As it bloomin' well happens, the 2013 encounter was a vintage affair.

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 pic.twitter.com/x8aeLQugCq 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.

sunday league

Ex-Stoke Striker Ricardo Fuller Makes Most ‘Sunday League’ Of All Sunday League Debuts For Local Team (Photo)

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He was playing Championship football just two years ago, but over the weekend ex-Stoke and Blackpool striker Ricardo Fuller made his debut for his local Sunday League team.

The 37-year-old, who looks in better nick now than he ever did as a player, turned out for Grange Park Rangers in the Potteries and District Sunday League second division.

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

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Please feel free to enjoy this photo of a referee brandishing a yellow card

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.

Travelog

Cliftonville

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Saturday 9th September 2017 3pm
Northern Ireland League Premier
Cliftonville 2 Dungannon Swifts 1 HT: 0-0 ATT: 804
Entrance £11, Programme £2 Coffee £1
Breen 51, Gormley 61 : Hegarty 78

fromSolitude, Cliftonville Street, Belfast,BT14 6LP

This was the second game of my Northern Ireland odyssey, after watching Glenavon on the Friday night.

Ford Motors

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Tuesday 15th August 2017 6.45pm
Cheshire League Division Two
Ford Motors 7 Orford 1 HT: 3-1 att: 30(hc) Entrance FREE with FREE programme.

from Jaguar Sports & Social Club

Non-league and in particular the Cheshire League continue to impress me.

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.

Ashville

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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.

FA Cup

Football Art: Nuneaton Town Produce Ace ‘Roy Of The Rovers’ Style Programme Cover For FA Cup Match (Photo)

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The LDJ Solicitors Stadium, home of Nuneaton Town (Photo: Official_NTFC/Twitter)

Rivalling Wolves in the snazzy 'comic-book-style programme cover' stakes, Nuneaton Town have produced an absolute pearler for their upcoming FA Cup qualifying match against King's Lynn Town on Saturday.

Infused with classic 'Roy of the Rovers' goodness, the Boro have gone and knocked out this little retro beauty.

Non-League Snapshot Of The Day: Referee Rejects Concerns Over Potential Kit Clash In FA Cup Qualifier…

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Horsham FC welcomed Ashford United to their Culver Road ground on Saturday afternoon for an FA Cup first-round qualifying tie.

Unsurprising for a team nicknamed The Hornets, Horsham turned out in their usual delectable yellow and black home kit.

Horsham v Ashford United yesterday.

Non-League: Baldock Town Emit Hilarious Explanation After Live Twitter Updates For FA Cup Match Suddenly Stop With 10 Minutes Left

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Baldock Town of theSouth Midlands League played North Greenford United of the Combined Counties League in the preliminary rounds of the FA Cup of Sunday afternoon.

Fans of the home side unable to attend the big match were invited to follow their side's fortunes on social media, courtesy of regular live updates being emitted via Baldock Town's official Twitter account.

Managers

Play-Loving Football Idiots: Chester FC Inundated With ‘Football Manager’ CVs After Advertising Manager Vacancy On Twitter

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With the club currently squatting down at the bottom of the National League, Chester FC parted company with managerJon McCarthy on Wednesday following a disappointing 2-0 defeat against fellow stragglersSolihull Moors the night before.

The Blues then installed Tom Shaw as caretaker manager while they began the hunt for a new first-team coach.

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.

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.

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.

The Rest

Non-League: Chinese Fan Makes 6,000-Mile Pilgrimage To Runcorn Linnets Because He Fell In Love With Club While Playing Championship Manager 01/02 (Photos)

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Photo: @huangandersson/Twitter

One intrepid Chinese fan embarked upon a 12,000-mile odyssey to visit the very crucible of his footballing obsession: The Millbank Linnets Stadium in Runcorn, an industrial port town on the Cheshire coast.

Huang Wenbin fell in love with Runcorn Linnets or Runcorn FC Halton as they were then known after guiding them from obscurity to Premier League and UEFA Cup glory on his mammoth Championship Manager 01/02 playthrough.

Sit-Down Protest: French Amateur Match Interrupted By Angry Local Resident Tired Of Finding Footballs In Her Back Garden (Photo)

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Living right next to the home ground of an amateur football team most definitely comes with it's drawbacks namely the constant barrage of wayward shots, crosses and defensive clearances that come hurtling over the garden fence.

Utterly fed up at having her begonias crushed for the Nth time, one disgruntled neighbour of French amateur side Tarbes FC decided to protest by taking a stand or rather, a sit slap, bang in the middle of their match on Sunday afternoon.

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.

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.