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English football and the war to abolish the wage cap

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In 1885, the Football Association announced to legalise the employment of professional footballers. Clubs could now pay their players a full working wage, quite in contrast to what had been the norm previously when teams were made up of amateurs.

Many clubs were enticed by the idea as it presented a lucrative opportunity to earn money; primarily from match day tickets, and immediately turned from amateur to professional.

How war in the Middle East changed English football

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In October 1973, Israel and a coalition of some Arab nations engaged in a conflict known as the Yom Kippur War. The discord commenced when the Arab coalition launched attacks on several Israeli-occupied territories on Yom Kippur or ‘The Day of Atonement’ – the holiest day in Judaism.

The fighting mostly took place in the Golan Heights, Sinai and the other areas under Israeli occupation since the Six-Day War in 1967.

Meet James Webster: The brains of Brightlingsea Regent and one of non-league’s best young managers

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Continuing our coverage of non-league football on Just Football ahead of the new season, after our exclusive interview with Danny Cowley and look at non-league players tipped to make it big in 2017,...

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7 Non-League talents who could make it big in 2017

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There is little doubt that non-league football is on the up. The rise of Jamie Vardy last season and the fairytale FA Cup stories of Sutton United and Lincoln City this year have rejuvenated...

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Europe’s youngest managers: From Brian Clough to Julian Nagelsmann, a potted history of managers under 30

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There has been a lot of talk recently about how managers are getting younger. Hearts caused a stir by appointing 30-year-old Ian Cathro to the top job in December, a man who is younger than some of...

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Aston Villa send scouts to watch non-league starlet against Liverpool

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Aston Villa are among the Football League clubs monitoring the progress of Chester FC youngster Sam Hughes, according to the Chester Chronicle. The West Kirby-born 19-year-old is having a stellar...

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Aston Villa send scouts to watch non-league starlet against Liverpool

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Aston Villa are among the Football League clubs monitoring the progress of Chester FC youngster Sam Hughes, according to the Chester Chronicle. The West Kirby-born 19-year-old is having a stellar...

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Cheltenham Town, Leyton Orient, Barnet and Wycombe lead chase for non-league ace

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The Conference South's leading goalscorer Dave Tarpey is being chased by a number of Football League clubs, Just Football understands. The 28-year-old has lit up non-league football this season...

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Cheltenham Town, Leyton Orient, Barnet and Wycombe lead chase for non-league ace

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The Conference South's leading goalscorer Dave Tarpey is being chased by a number of Football League clubs, Just Football understands. The 28-year-old has lit up non-league football this season...

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FA Youth Cup Draw: Chelsea’s race for 4th consecutive youth title begins

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The draw for the third round of the FA Youth Cup took place on Friday at Wembley. The draw sees three-time consecutive FA Youth Cup winner, Chelsea, begin the journey to defend their title against...

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Gems of Non-League #1: Sam Barratt – Meet the Maidenhead starlet chased by Bristol Rovers and Oxford

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Gems of the Lower Leagues is our (semi-)regular feature on Just Football looking at some of the best upcoming players in the lower leagues for you to keep an eye on. We featured Charlie Austin before...

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Mourinho’s Wasted Youth a Product of the System

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José’s back in town. Like a persistent infection that lingers after treatment, he reared his head at his third official unveiling in English football – the first away from the initial host Chelsea, which is still recovering from the destruction caused by their last bout of Mourinh-itis. The symptoms are the same – the strong sense of confidence and belief, and a fierce desire for victory – and the willingness to attack vulnerable targets continues, with both Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger subjected to subtle barbs.

Meet Danny Cowley: The PE teacher and non-league Ranieri doing a Leicester City at Braintree Town

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If you think Claudio Ranieri has had it hard this season, overcoming enormous odds to guide a lowly band of unfancied, supposed no-hopers to the top of their division, then spare a thought for...

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Freddie Ladapo: From non-league to the Premier League at Crystal Palace

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From non-league to the Premier League, Margate striker Freddie Ladapo has made a sensational leap from the Conference South toCrystal Palace, the club have confirmed. "Margate Football Club can...

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Hayes and Yeading United 3-2 Staines Town – Youth the focus in Middlesex FA U18 Cup final thriller

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With Help for Heroes a preferred charity of the Middlesex FA it was perhaps fitting that the Jeff Ritson Senior Youth Cup final between Hayes and Yeading United and Staines Town produced a folkloric...

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Non-League: Two Hardcore Fans Make 260-Mile Trip To Watch North Ferriby Lose To Chester On Freezing Tuesday Night (Photo)

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Proving once again that non-league football is where the real heroes reside, a travelling contingent of just two count 'em, two North Ferriby supporters braved the sub-zero temperatures to watch their side on Tuesday night.

The stout and hearty duo embarked on a260-mile round trip from the east coast of Northern England to the west to watch the National League's bottom club take on Chester ina near-deserted stadium.

Gedling Miners Welfare

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Saturday 10th September 2016 3pm
FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round
Gedling Miners Welfare 2 Oakham United 3 ht: 0-0 att: 50 Ent: £5 Prog: £1 Coffee £1

Whitehead 83 (pen), ET 3 : Nelson 50 ET, 2, 18

from Plains Social Club

I've not seen many FA Vase games, so given I had a free Saturday and it was first round time, thought I'd check one out.

Shirebrook Town

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Tuesday 9th August 2016 7.45pm
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Replay
Shirebrook Town 0 Loughborough University 3 ht: 0-1 att: 98 Ent: £4 Prog: NO! Coffee £0.50
Trotman 41, Crookes 60, Dasalou 68

from Langwith Road Ground

Non league has a habit of throwing out some charmingly random facets from time to time.

Malpas

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Wednesday 10th August 2016 6.45pm
Cheshire League Premier
Malpas 3 Congleton Vale Rovers 0 ht: 3-0 att: 45 (hc) Ent: £3 (inc Programme) Coffee: £1
Hailes, Morris, Sadler

from Malpas Sports & Social Club

The nascentseason, the time to get county games in, during the few weeks of late sunsets, before September arrives and it's Saturdays only for the un-floodlit fields of the minor leagues.

Non-League Snapshot Of The Day: Spiderman Drops In To Watch Nelson FC In Action In The Northwest Counties League…

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Proving that even a hard-working cosmopolitan superhero can enjoy the cut and thrust of the non-league, here's Spiderman pulling up a pew to watch Lancashire-based Nelson FC in action in the Northwest Counties League...

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Not in the dugout so much as on it.

‘Sorry For The Interruption’ – Sleaford Town Sum Up Perils Of Live-Tweeting Non-League Matches With One Excellent Second-Half Update

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Eslaforde Park, home of Sleaford Town (Photo: ITV)

If any one Tweet could be used to sum up the trueessenceof non-league football, it may well have been emitted during yesterday'sUnited Counties League Premier Division clash between Sleaford United and Boston Town.

As always, the game was being live-Tweeted by Sleaford's official account, with the man in charge putting out the usual information: startingline-ups, chances, goal updates, etc.

Sunday League In A Nutshell: Cuckfield Town Post Brutally Honest Match Report After Losing 4-0 To Ditchling

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Photo: Cuckfield Town FC

Hats off to amateur mob Cuckfield Town, who are responsible for producing one of the finest match reports Pies have ever had the fortune to stumble across.

It was written in the aftermath of a bitter, lacklustre 0-4 (or possibly 0-5) home defeat against Ditchling in theMid-Sussex Football League on Saturday.

Radford

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Saturday 5th December 2015
East Midlands League
Radford 2 St Andrews 1 ht: 1-0 att: 65 Ent: £5, Prog £1, Coffee £1
King34, 72 : Darby 4

fromSelhurst Street (picture here)

Once again to Nottingham for fresh stadium pickings. This time Radford; the place not the person.

Greenwood Meadows

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Saturday 17th October 2015 3.00pm
East Midlands League (Step Six)
Greenwood Meadows 0 Ashby Ivanhoe 2
ht: 0-0 att: official 35, Actual 14

from Lenton Lane


Having a free Saturday leaves me with too much choice, leading to agonising decisions about which ground to go to.

12 Players Who Climbed From Non-League Football To The Premier League

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With Jamie Vardy currently the flavour of the week (that particular flavour being a subtle mix of WKD blue, ecstasyand two-stroke oil), we thought we'd tip our hat to a few of the other players who have hauled themselves from the non-leagues to the top table of English football at acomparablylate age.

Ashby Ivanhoe

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Tuesday 22nd September 2015
East Midlands League Premier Division
Ashby Ivanhoe 4 Holwell Sports 1 ht: 2-0 att: 81 drinks: £1 Entrance £4 Programme £1
from NFU Ground

Horn3,Quinn17,Pursloe74,og80 : Chapman 66

This was Ashby's second season at step six in the East Midlands League after winning promotion from the Leicestershire Senior League, and thus establishing a spot in my <50 miles ground list at 46.

Teversal

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Tuesday 1st September 2015 7.45pm

Teversal 1 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 1 ht: 0-0 att: 68
NCEL One

from Teversal Grange Sports Ground

Teversal's ground is a reminder of the refreshing character and quirks of non league football, compared to its league counterpart.

Chadderton

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Saturday 20th December 2014 3.00pm
NWCL Division One
Chadderton 2 Litherland REMYCA 2ht: 1-1 att: 52 Entrance £5, Prog £1.5 Coffee £1

Curley 5, Russel 84p :Blackwell 24p, Webb 71

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The Saturday before Christmas and a Saturday afternoon became free for me and the opportunity for a short hop.

Chadderton

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Saturday 20th December 2014 3.00pm
NWCL Division One
Chadderton 2 Litherland REMYCA 2ht: 1-1 att: 52 Entrance £5, Prog £1.5 Coffee £1

Curley 5, Russel 84p :Blackwell 24p, Webb 71

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The Saturday before Christmas and a Saturday afternoon became free for me and the opportunity for a short hop.

West Midlands Regional Premier League Fans’ Guide 2014-15

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The West Midlands Regional League is three divisions spanningsteps six to eight of non league football, and this season celebrates its 125th birthday, having been formed in 1889 as the Birmingham & District League. This guide concentrates on the Premier division (step six) where Lye Town are the current champions.

West Midlands Regional Premier League Fans’ Guide 2014-15

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The West Midlands Regional League is three divisions spanningsteps six to eight of non league football, and this season celebrates its 125th birthday, having been formed in 1889 as the Birmingham & District League. This guide concentrates on the Premier division (step six) where Lye Town are the current champions.

Florence – night in gale

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Wednesday 7th May 2014 6.30ko Staffs County League Premier

Florence 4 Keele University 2 ht: 2-1 att: 22 hc

pictures of Florence Sports & Social

Continuing to pick at the bones of the carcass of the season, I went to the relegation battle at the foot of the Staffs County League Premier division, on a pleasant but windy evening.

Florence – night in gale

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Wednesday 7th May 2014 6.30ko Staffs County League Premier

Florence 4 Keele University 2 ht: 2-1 att: 22 hc

pictures of Florence Sports & Social

Continuing to pick at the bones of the carcass of the season, I went to the relegation battle at the foot of the Staffs County League Premier division, on a pleasant but windy evening.

Are Milton Keen?

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BH Monday 5th May 2014 6.30ko Staffs County League One
Milton United 1 Bradwell 2 ht: 0-2 att: 12 hc
As the football calendar draws to a close and many leaguesfinish it's time to squeeze the last few drops out of the wet cloth of the season. Some minor leagues shamble to the finish line like a septuagenarian finishing the marathon, with odd games dotted about until mid may.

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Eastwood Hanley – a new dawn

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Wednesday 5th August 2015
PSF

Eastwood Hanley 3 Shamblers FC 1 ht: 2-0 att: circa 20 free no prog

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Almost twentyyears ago I first visited the decrepit ground of the former Northern League club Eastwood Hanley. It was less than 2 years since their demise and their ghostly ground still had the roof lattice on their big side terrace.

Loughborough Dynamo

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Tuesday 7th October 2014
Evostik One South fromNanpantan Sports Ground
Loughborough Dynamo 3 Chasetown 2 ht: 1-1 att: 102

Munn 31, Watson 69, 90 : Haynes 20, Wellecomme 54

First it was Bootle v Runcorn Town, then I was swayed by Loughborough v Chasetown; the hosts being second in the Evostik One South.

Loughborough Dynamo

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Tuesday 7th October 2014
Evostik One South fromNanpantan Sports Ground
Loughborough Dynamo 3 Chasetown 2 ht: 1-1 att: 102

Munn 31, Watson 69, 90 : Haynes 20, Wellecomme 54

Loughborough is a medium sized town in Leicestershire, population c 60,000.

The Rest

4-2-3-1 v Lincoln: Arsenal without these 3 first team players for today's cup game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Arsenal vs Lincoln Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup fixture.

Arsenal vs Lincoln
FA Cup 2016/17
11th March, 17:30 pm BST
Emirates, London
Live Stream: Watch Arsenal vs Lincoln live on BT Sport 2

Arsenal Team News & Preview

Arsenal host non-league side Lincoln in the FA cup this weekend and the Gunners are under immense pressure to deliver.

Cheltenham Boss Gary Johnson Admits Ingenious Masterplan To Beat Relegation May Have Failed…

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By Chris Wright

Second bottom of League Two with just two games left to play, it looks for all the world that Cheltenham Town are going to be playing non-league football next season.

This will no doubt come as a major disappointment to new bossGary Johnson, who was appointed last month to help steer the struggling club clear of relegation.

Stockport County v Stalybridge Celtic

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Stockport County fans feared the worst as The Hatters lost 3-2 to Stalybridge Celtic at Bower Fold on an unseasonably chilly day back on the August Bank Holiday.



The visiting support vastly outnumbered the locals in the 1,616 crowd but the mood had turned as ugly as the weather by half-time when Stockport found themselves 3-0 down.