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

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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.

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.

Non League: Former Middlesbrough And Sunderland Schemer Julio Arca Rolls Back The Years With 40-Yard Wonder-Strike For South Shields (Video)

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Once he pulled the strings in midfield for both Sunderland and Middlesbrough. However, these days Argentinian midfielder Julio Arca lines out for non-league side South Shields.

In his side's recent FA Vase visit to Team Solent, the 36-year-old rolled back the years with a stunning long-range goal.

Non-League: Greenwich Borough Produce Flashy Highlight Package Despite Match Being Abandoned After 15 Minutes (Video)

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Due to the sub-zeroconditions, Greenwich Borough saw their London County Cup game against Hanwell Town abandoned after just 15 minutes.

Sadly, despite the game going ahead, it only took quarter of an hour for the referee to decide that the frigid surface was too dangerous to continue playing on.


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

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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)

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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

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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

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


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.

Sutton United keeper Wayne Shaw resigns after pie eating vs Arsenal

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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.

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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Arsenal scouting mission blocked

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NFU 0 LIN 1 | Full time North Ferriby United (@northferribyutd) February 21, 2017 Arsenal's plan...

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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.

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.

Confirmed Team News: Sutton United vs Arsenal lineups

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Sutton United team to play Arsenal Sutton United name former Arsenal players Nicky Bailey and Craig Eastmond in their starting lineup to face the...

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‘It’s The Strangest Thing That’s Happened So Far’ – Sutton United Reserve ‘Keeper Wayne Shaw Reveals He’s Been Asked To Pose Naked

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It's fair to say Sutton United have been revellingin the attention brought about by their remarkable FA Cup run, especially tonight's fifth-round tie against Arsenal.

Indeed, reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw has become something of an unlikely star, with the 45-year-old, 20 stone "Roly Poly Goalie"being singled out as the physical embodiment of the non-league dream.

Photos: Arsenal training ahead of Sutton game

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‘Wasn’t Trying To Get The Big Man Sent Off’ – Joey Barton Pleads Innocent After Blatantly Trying To Get Lincoln City’s Big Man Sent Off

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After trying an failing to rile Lincoln City with his full repertoire of arseholery, Joey Barton has attempted to explain away his blatant attempt to get striker Matt Rhead sent off.

Having already cuffedLincoln's Terry Hawkridge across the snout, Barton fiendishly tried to engineer a red for Rhead by first treading on the striker's toes and then pretending he'd beenelbowed in the face while defending a corner.

FA Cup: Non-League Lincoln Make History By Beating Burnley Despite Trademark Joey Barton Nonsense (Video)

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Turf Moor has been something of a fortress this season for Burnley. However, on Saturday the Premier League side found themselves on the wrong end of the mother of all shocks, with non-league Lincoln City producing an incredible 1-0 win.

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Lincoln matched their top-flight opponents throughouta scrappy 90 minutes, with very few genuine chances for either side.

FA Cup: Sutton United Strike One-Off Sponsorship Deal With The Sun For Fifth-Round Tie Against Arsenal (Photos)

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Sutton United have announced that they'll be turning out for next Monday's FA Cup fifth-round clash against Arsenal with The Sun's logo emblazoned across their shirts.

Specifically, the National League side have struck a deal to have SunBet replace their usual sponsor, Green Go Waste, on their jerseysfor the televised game.

Arsenal travel to non-league Sutton United in FA Cup fifth round

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#EmiratesFACup 5th Round Draw: HOME VERSUS ARSENAL! Sutton United FC (@suttonunited) January 30, 2017 Non-league Sutton United have been...

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Presenting: One Image That Signifies The Magnitude Of Sutton United’s Heroic FA Cup Run More Than Any Other…

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By seeing off old foes Leeds on Saturday afternoon, Sutton United barrelled their way into the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in the club's history.

After being knocked out in the fourth round before on two occasions (once against Leeds in 1970, and then again against Norwich in 1989), The U's broke new ground to ensure that there would be two non-league clubs in the fifth round draw also an all-time first.


‘I Wouldn’t Recommend It For Elite Athletes’ – Corby Town’s Pint-Swigging Defender Admits He Got Severe Heartburn Shortly Afterwards

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He may have become something of a non-league superstar as a result, but the Corby Town defender caught swigging from a fan's beer has admitted that he now truly regrets his actions.

Jason Lee was photographed helping himself to a mid-match quaff while his teammates celebrated their winning goal in last Saturday's vital win over Mickleover Sports.

Non-League: Corby Town Player Celebrates Vital Goal With Sneaky Mid-Game Beer (Photo)

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So vital was Corby Town's goal against Mickleover Sports on Saturday that one of their players decided the only fitting manner in which to celebrate it was with an impromptu mid-game toast.

As the Corby team flocked to frolic with their fans, one of their number seizedthe opportunity for a sneaky tipple.

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‘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.

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.

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!

Everton Winger Yannick Bolasie Steps In To Save Former Club Hillingdon Borough From Brink Of Collapse

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When non-league side Hillingdon Borough needed a hero in their hour of need, one of their former players stepped up to save the club from the very brink of folding.

That man was none other than Yannick Bolasie, who began his senior career as a teenager at Hillingdon back in 2006.

It all began when Boro' alerted fans thatthey were planning to pull out of theSpartan South Midlands League with immediate effect due to a lack of support.