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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup First Qualifying Round

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The FA Cup reached its First Qualifyng Round last weekend, which meant the introduction of the clubs of the Premier Divisions of the Isthmian, Southern and Northern Premier Leagues, and we have highlights from six matches from this round of the competition for you this morning. First up is the match between Cambridge City of the Southern League Premier Division and Huntingdon Town, and this is followed up by a match between two sides from the Northern League, between Durham City and Shildon, whilst our third match sees another Southern League club, St Albans City, travel to Middlesex to play Harrow Borough.

Non-League – And Welsh – Videos Of The Week: 02-09-2012

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The first Saturday of September brought a full round of non-league matches, and we have highlights of five of them for you in this weeks Non-League Videos Of The Week. Our first match comes from the Blue Square Bet South. You may have been reading a lot on this site about Truro City recently, and our first match features their home league match against Boreham Wood, which was played yesterday at Treyew Road.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup Preliminary Round

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We're already at the second round, if you will, of this years FA Cup and last weekend saw clubs join the competition from the fourth tier of the non-league game in the Preliminary Round of the competition, playing for a place in its First Qualifying Round. This afternoon, we have five matches for you from this stage of the competition, starting with a match from the north-east as Whitley Bay and Bedlington Terriers both of the Northern League played each other.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 18-08-2012

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The premier division of the Football Conference may have started last weekend, but this weekend is the one that we're marking as the start of the new football season and the return of our non-league videos of the week. Tonight, we have four matches from four different divisions as clubs get back to competitive action after their summer break.

‘No Sponsor, No Kit!’ – Sunday League Playford FC Vow To Play In Underwear Until Sponsor Is Found (Video)

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Hot on the heels of Kendal Town's naff 'fake beards' sponsorship comes this from Suffolk-based Sunday league side Playford FC, who have found themselves in the unenviable position of being without a sponsor going into the 2012/13 season.

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Are Truro City Bringing Us The First Relegation Of The New Season?

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A crowd of 329 people turned out at Treyew Road yesterday afternoon to see Truro City beat Boreham Wood by two goals to nil in the Blue Square Bet South, but it seems unlikely that events on the pitch made for too much of the discussion amongst the clubs supporters. As has seemed to frequently been the case over the last year or so, goings-on in the boardroom have been hogging the headlines at this particular club, with Fridays announcement that it is to enter into administration throwing the future of Cornwalls most successful non-league club into doubt.

Kevin Heaneys Bankruptcy Raises More Questions Than It Answers

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After everything, it was a simple tweet from BBC Cornwall that confirmed the end of Kevin Heaneys ownership of Truro City FC, but even this grand finale wasn't what many people had expected. After all the talk of winding up orders from creditors, investment groups that didn't wish their identity to be made public, threats from unpaid players to walk away from the Blue Square Bet South club and talk regarding Heaneys health, this morning the owner of the club and former suitor of Plymouth Argyle was declared bankrupt.

Kevin Heaneys Bankruptcy Raises More Questions Than It Answers

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After everything, it was a simple tweet from BBC Cornwall that confirmed the end of Kevin Heaneys ownership of Truro City FC, but even this grand finale wasn't what many people had expected. After all the talk of winding up orders from creditors, investment groups that didn't wish their identity to be made public, threats from unpaid players to walk away from the Blue Square Bet South club and talk regarding Heaneys health, this morning the owner of the club and former suitor of Plymouth Argyle was declared bankrupt.

Kettering Towns Torment Continues

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Their brave new world wasn't meant to turn out like this. When Kettering Town moved out of their Rockingham Road ground to the then recently vacated Nene Park, the former home of near rivals Rushden & Diamonds, the aim was surely for a place in the Football League. Last night, however, the club played its first home match of the season in the Premier Division of the Southern League in front of a little under 600 supporters and was beaten by two goals to one by Hemel Hempstead Town.

Numbers And Satisfaction On The Opening Day Of The Season

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Perusing acres of statistics that can be found in newspapers on the opening weekend of the football season can be a most enlightening way to pass the couple of hours, even if focusing on the attendance figures rather than the results themselves does require a certain degree of furtiveness. At the top end of the game, there are few surprises to be found.

Northwich Victoria’s Summer Of Discontent

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It has been a difficult summer for Northwich Victoria Football Club, two months of ongoing rancour which remains seemingly destined to end in the eventual closure of a club that is two years shy of celebrating its one hundred and fortieth anniversary but has been kicked from pillar to post so much over the last ten years or so that it is difficult to imagine any scenario which doesn't end with the club being put out of its misery as being very remote indeed.

George Rolls Out Of Kettering Town

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Farewell for now, then, George. At six o'clock this evening, the Football Association issued a statement confirming that George Rolls, the former chairman of Cambridge United and Weymouth, latterly of Kettering Town, had been found guilty of over 3,000 charges of their rules relating to betting, along with a small number of charges of "Misconduct relating to his conduct during the investigation of the alleged breaches of the Betting rules.

Truro Citys Unexpected £700,000 Headache

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The end of last summer didn't work out too well for Kevin Heaney, the property-developing owner of Blue Square Bet South side Truro City, when his attempts to by Plymouth Argyle out of administration failed after repeated promises to come good with the money for the purchase never came to fruition.

Last Rolls Of The Dice? The FA Charge Kettering’s “Saviour”

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Quietly and without comment from the club concerned, a message appeared on the Football Associations website earlier today which confirmed a most curious piece of news. George Rolls, the acting chairman of Kettering Town FC and the phrase "acting chairman" is one that we use with caution has been charged by the Football Association with regard to their rules regarding Misconduct and Betting.

Groundhopping

West Didsbury & Chorlton

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Date: Tuesday 31th July 2012
Ground:Â Brookburn Road
Comp:Â Pre-Season Friendly
Match: West Didsbury & Chorlton 0 Curzon Ashton 3 HT: 0-3

ATT: circa 45
Additional: Entrance FREE, Programme £1.00

Brookburn Road in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 6, Structures/Terracing 5, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 5
Total 23

My Top 40, a list of all non league grounds at step 6 or above, within 40 miles of where I live, had a new entry this season straight in at number 25 (duh-duh duh-duh DUH) at 32.

Barnton FC

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Date: Tuesday 24th July 2012
Ground:Â Townfield
Comp:Â Pre-Season Friendly
Match: Barnton 0 Clitheroe 2 HT: 0-1

ATT: circa 35
Additional: Entrance £3.00, Programme Free with entry

Townfield in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 7, Structures/Terracing 6, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 6
Total 26

After the absurdly early start to the season at Bangor in the Europa Cup, I couldn't then wait a whole month for my next hit of football and new grounds.

Maine Road

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Date: Saturday April 15 2012
Ground: Brantingham Road
Comp:Â Vodkat Cup Semi Final Second Leg
Match:Â Maine Road 2 Norton United 0 (4-1)Â HT: 1-0

ATT:Â 41
Additional: Entrance £5.00, Programme £1.50

Brantingham Road in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 5, Structures/Terracing 5, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 5
Total 22

Norton United are my nearest club; within walking distance -Â so I usually catch a few of their games each season at their Community Drive ground.

Ashton Athletic

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Date: Tuesday March 13 2012
Ground: Brocstedes Park
Comp:Â North West Counties League Premier
Match: Ashton Athletic 2 Bacup Borough 3 HT: 0-3
Smith 47 (pen), Allen 67: Bellamy 15, 31, Williams 43
ATT:Â 41
Additional: Entrance £5.00, Programme £1.

Gresley FC

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Date: Tuesday February 21Â 2012
Ground: The Moat Ground
Comp:Â Midland Alliance
Match: Grelsey 3 Kirby Muxloe 3 HT: 1-0
Oliver 26, Goodfellow 90, Hanslow 90:Verral 58, Taylor 67, Wilson 75
ATT:Â 218
Additional: Entrance £6.00, Programme £1.20

The Moat Ground in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 8, Structures/Terracing 7, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 7
Total 29

Gresley FC are the reincarnation of Gresley Rovers, who folded in 2008-09.

Gresley FC

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Date: Tuesday February 21Â 2012
Ground: The Moat Ground
Comp:Â Midland Alliance
Match: Grelsey 3 Kirby Muxloe 3 HT: 1-0
Oliver 26, Goodfellow 90, Hanslow 90:Verral 58, Taylor 67, Wilson 75
ATT:Â 218
Additional: Entrance £6.00, Programme £1.20

The Moat Ground in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 8, Structures/Terracing 7, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 7
Total 29

Gresley FC are the reincarnation of Gresley Rovers, who folded in 2008-09.

Droylsden AFC

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Date: Tuesday January 24Â 2012
Ground:Â The Butcher's Arms
Comp:Â Conference North
Match: Droylsden AFC 3 Eastwood Town 3 HT: 1-0
Johnson 31, 62 Gardener 90 : Burge 63, Haggerty 66, 75
ATT:Â 175
Additional: Entrance £10.00, Programme £2.50

The Butcher's Arms in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 7, Structures/Terracing 7, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 7
Total 28

Droylsden FC was one of the few remaining sub 40 milers I had left.

Droylsden AFC

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Date: Tuesday January 24Â 2012
Ground:Â The Butcher's Arms
Comp:Â Conference North
Match: Droylsden AFC 3 Eastwood Town 3 HT: 1-0
Johnson 31, 62 Gardener 90 : Burge 63, Haggerty 66, 75
ATT:Â 175
Additional: Entrance £10.00, Programme £2.50

The Butcher's Arms in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 7, Structures/Terracing 7, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 7
Total 28

Droylsden FC was one of the few remaining sub 40 milers I had left.

Parkgate FC

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Date: Saturday January 21 2012
Ground: Roundwood Pavillion
Comp:Â Northern Counties East League Premier
Match: Parkgate 4 Liversedge 1 HT: 1-1
Outtram 28, Swindells 65, 67, Hannity 90 : Boardman 14
ATT:Â 111
Additional: Entrance £5.00, Programme £1.

Parkgate FC

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Date: Saturday January 21 2012
Ground: Roundwood Pavillion
Comp:Â Northern Counties East League Premier
Match: Parkgate 4 Liversedge 1 HT: 1-1
Outtram 28, Swindells 65, 67, Hannity 90 : Boardman 14
ATT:Â 111
Additional: Entrance £5.00, Programme £1.

English Cups

Match Of The Week: The FA Cup – AFC Sudbury 5-0 Ilford

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The earliest rounds of the FA Cup could, for those participating, be considered to have a small amount of nuisance value about them. Clubs seeking to build a little rhythm to their league seasons find that the cup interjects every two or three weeks or so, and those that are successful can find themselves with a backlog of cancelled fixtures that can cause major headaches later on in the season.

Next Years FA Cup May Leave A Nasty Taste In The Mouth

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Over the last few years, we have come to worry more than a little about the well-being of the FA Cup. Semi-finals at Wembley Stadium, falling television audiences for the final and dwindling crowds for matches involving Premier League clubs have all taken their toll on this most venerable of sporting institutions, but at least we can console ourselves with the fact that it still has a grip over the smaller clubs that enter it.

100 Owners

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.

100 Owners: Number 94 – Mazhar Majeed (Croydon Athletic)

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It is very seldom that a non-league football club makes the headlines of a national newspaper for any reason other than a surprise result in the FA Cup, but at the start of the 2010/11 season exactly this happened to Croydon Athletic of the Ryman League Premier Division when The News Of The World reported a covertly recorded interview, beginning a chain of events that would end in death, imprisonment and the closure of the club.

The Rest

A Trip to England’s 9th Tier: Penrith FC Penrith Football...

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A Trip to England's 9th Tier: Penrith FC

Penrith Football Club, founded in 1894, are members of the Ebac Northern League Division One, the 9th tier the English league pyramid. In 2009, they relocated to a new stadium at Frenchfield Park after the development of Penrith New Squares took over the site of their historical home, Southend Road.

Newport Countys Dream Start To The Season

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References to lottery tickets are a well worn trope in the world of those who support those clubs that habitually live below the games breadline. On the whole, those that have come up trumps with those multi-million to one odds have tended to steer clear of football, but one club has bagged itself a Euromillions winner, and even this is just another moment of note in a most extraordinary start to the season for Blue Square Bet Premier club Newport County.

Match Of The Week: Lewes 1-2 Enfield Town

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It feels as though the new football season has started a little too soo this afternoon. A summer which had rather looked as if it might not arrive at all has settled to a ninety degree heat from which there is no respite, even in the shade. Even by the coast in Brighton, this is weather that simply makes you want to curl up and fall asleep.

Playford FC – The naked Sunday League team

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When Suffolk Sunday League side Playford FC were struggling to afford a new kit for the forthcoming season without a sponsor, they mulled over the normal options of raffles, jumble sales or a car boot on the pitch, but have turned down all three in favour of releasing a video of them playing the game [.

Non-League Kendal Town FC To Travel, Train And Warm-Up In Fake Beards Due To Daft Sponsorship Deal (Photos)

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Northern Premier League side Kendal Town FC have signed a frankly ridiculous sponsorship deal that will see the players having wear fake beards at all times training, travelling and warming-up.

Kendal have signed a deal with US firm Rosetta Trading, who produce the 'Beard Beanie' a woolly hat with a knitted beard stitched onto it which are apparently massive sellers in the USA according to Rosetta themselves.

Three Up, Three Down & The Stigma Of Non-League Football

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Earlier this week, a curious Early Day Motion was presented to parliament. Early Day Motions are one of the more endearing quirks of our antiquated parliamentary system, allowing Members of Parliament the opportunity to get whatever may have been on their minds of late which couldn't be considered of national importance out there in the open.

Ray Parlour, Martin Keown and Graeme Le Saux sign for non-league Wembley FC

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It's certainly not everyday that a 3000 capacity ground welcomes three FA Cup winners and six internationals to the wage bill, but that's what happened yesterday. Non-league Wembley FC – who play in the Combined Counties Football League – were the lucky recipients of a mid-1990s nostalgia trip yesterday with former Arsenal trio Ray Parlour, [.