Non-league football

Photography

A Year In Non-League Football Photos

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Castles. Hedges the size of grandstands. Corner flags that have seen better days. New York Cosmos fans. Luxury suites the size of an outdoor toilet. And real, genuine, muddy football. Pitch Invasion tours a sampling of Non-League football in England throughout 2011, courtesy of the wonderful work and dedication to the lower levels of the English game by photographer Paul Paxford.

Photo Daily | January 4 | Hello It’s Us

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Continuing our non-league series this week, here's the final photo from Jon Hall at Terrace Images Weymouth 2, Bury 2. FA Cup 1st Round, 12th November 2006, Wessex Stadium

Photo Daily | January 3 | Up the Wyke Terras muff

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Continuing our non-league series this week, we look at another photo by Jon Hall from Terrace Images. No jokes, please. Weymouth 2, Bury 2. FA Cup 1st Round, 12th November 2006, Wessex Stadium

Photo Daily | January 2 | Aldershot Take The Lead

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Continuing our non-league series this week, we look at another photo by Jon Hall from Terrace Images. Aldershot Town 2, Chelmsford City 0. FA Cup 1st Round Replay, the Recreation Ground, 21st November 2006

Photo Daily | January 1 | Tatnam Farm

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Photo Daily is back, and this week we're looking at non-league football, courtesy of photos by Jon Hall from Terrace Images. Poole Town 3, Budleigh Salterton 0. FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round Replay, Tatnam Farm, 27th September 2006.

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Why you shouldn’t ignore the Non-League

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As a fan of a Non-League side it's very rare that I have anyone to talk to about the team I support. I completely understand why some people will have little or nothing to say about the Non-League but what really gets on my nerves is when I hear people writing it off as being a poor level of football.

Just Desserts #8

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Time for another sprinkling of football-related goodness from around the web. The following pieces have educated or entertained us recently:

Swiss Ramble on top form once again delving into the finances at Lazio

LBITCR laments the death of the strike partnership

BackPageFootball take a look at Non-League Day

A well-written piece on Barca and Futbol at In Bed with Maradona

Roll up man!

English Premier League

Financial instability continues to see David beat Goliath in Lower leagues

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As has been well documented in recent years there are a whole host of league clubs who are seemingly operating on borrowed time due to season upon season of poor financial management.

Can Troubled Star Paul Gascoigne Turn His Life Around At Garforth Town?

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From his disastrous tragi-comedic cameo during the final hours of Cumbrian killer Raoul Moat's fatal stand-off with the Rothsbury police constabulary back in July or the car crash in Newcastle's quayside district that left him hospitalised for best part of a week the month previous, it seemed that former England star Paul Gascoigne was unravelling a little further with every headline he stumbled his way in to.

A Match Report from Non-League Day

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This is a guest post from Ian Carroll, a first-time contributor to The Offside.

The last two competitive games I've been to were Newcastle v Villa (season ticket holder at SJP cautiously optimistic of survival y'see) and England v Algeria, so I figured this should be fun! A hell of a lot more fun than the game in Cape Town anyway .

Just Desserts #4: Non-League Day Special

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Just Desserts is a semi-regular feature on Just Football, in which we provide links to good reads elsewhere on this thing we call the football blogosphere.

And with Non-League Day taking place this weekend, this edition is a non-league special.

September 4th is Non-League Day

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On Saturday, 4 September there are no Premier League or Championship games across England, with the national team playing the evening before. A grassroots campaign has sprung up on Facebook and Twitter to urge fans of bigger clubs to get out of their armchairs that day and go and support their local semi-pro Non-League club an idea we're all for.

Is Rooney the last of his kind?

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Shhh... no one mention the Golden generation. (Thing is, will there be another one?)

In a matter of days, England will be taking most of the players who were infamously coined "the golden generation" to the World Cup – although obviously we don't talk about that now!

But perhaps we should.

FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round - The Rundown

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Though the FA Cup does not generally tend to enter wider national consciousness until the big guns of the Premier League & Championship enter at the 3rd round stage in January, the world's oldest...

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Will Leiston FC be Victims of Their Own Success in Ridgeons Premier League Title Tilt?

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For a number of seasons now Leiston FC have been knocking on the door for promotion out of the Ridgeons League for pastures new, be it the Ryman League or the Zamaretto League. The club certainly appears geared for the next step up the pyramid, proven by their stunning 2008/09 FA Cup run which saw the Blues make the 1st Round proper for the first time in their history.

Lost Glory: Oxford United, from Headington to Wembley to Non-League

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A new series looking at clubs whose glory years are some time past. We start with perhaps the biggest club currently in England's non-league pyramid, Oxford United, relegated from the Football League in 2006, just two decades after winning a major trophy at Wembley Stadium.

Headington United

Oxford United have a long and interesting history.

Sheffield FC vs FC United - World's Oldest Club Meets One Of The Newest In FA Cup

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Haves and Havants in the F.A. Cup

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"Let's go for a little walk" is Havant & Waterlooville's terrace victory tune, as your editor discovered when they played Lewes recently in a Conference South clash. Our resident non-league expert, Ian King, thinks they'll be singing that tune either way after they head to Anfield this weekend, explaining the past and present of the potential giant-killers.

Chasetown’s F.A. Cup Dream Ends

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Since we've been talking non-league all week, it seems fitting to end it with Chasetown F.C.'s elimination from the F.A. Cup today. The Southern League team (originally known as Chase Terrace Old Scholars Youth Club; their ground still reflects this, being called the Scholars Ground) were the lowest-ranked team ever to make it to the [.

Politics and Society

Going Green – Dartford FC on ‘Sustainable’ Target

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On the eve of the new 2010/2011 Football Conference season in England, David Cockcroft, a new contributor to Just Football, gives us the lowdown on newly promoted Dartford FC and their unique, environmentally friendly stadium.

Wireless LANs, Football And Other Technological Jargon

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We live in an internet age. If previous decades ultimately came to be almost unanimously defined by the cultural, economic and political standpoints of its people at the time (in a similar way that the 60s are defined as the age of free love, for example), then for now our generation is most certainly open to being branded the age of mass multimedia.

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AFC Totton, Testwood Park

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AFC Totton vs. Eastleigh, Testwood Park, Totton, Hampshire. Pre-season friendly. 17 July 2010. Currently playing in the Southern League Division One South & West, AFC Totton have, incidentally, an absolutely wonderful logo.

Photo credit: Paxie on Flickr, via the Pitch Invasion Photo Pool.

Oldham Boro FC: The World’s Most Unpleasant Team Name Change

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It's bad enough when teams change their names in an effort to sell more fizzy energy drinks for a global corporation. But nothing beats your club changing its name because it turns out the founder, chairman and driving force behind your small club in the community had led a double life for forty years as a "manipulative and ruthless paedophile" exploiting his access to children through football.

Photo Daily: Outside Borough Park, Workington AFC

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Outside Borough Park, the 2,500 capacity home of Workington AFC in the Conference North, the sixth tier in English football.

Photo credit: stevie odessa on Flickr, via the Pitch Invasion Photo Pool.


Photo Daily: Holker Street

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The traditional terracing at the home of AFC Barrow, who play in the Blue Square Premier, England's fifth tier.

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Lead Story

The Price of Progress: Lewes FC

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When I saw Lewes FC, a Non-League football team in the south of England, play last December, little did I know they were on their way to a huge promotion and tumultuous changes that threaten the heart and soul of the club.

Enfield FC and Lincoln City, Crossing Paths

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When Lincoln City and Enfield met in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy in March 1988, it marked a transitional point in the history of non-League football which, Ian King says, is surprisingly healthy today despite the Premier League's hegemony.

Ten Things You Should Know About Non-League Football

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Our recent series on non-league football attracted considerable attention, as we explored the strengths and weaknesses of the foundation of the English game below the Premier League and the Football League. Ian King will be writing regularly for us on the non-league game and kicks his column off by telling us what you need to know about non-league.

Featured Articles

Non League Football, a Primer: Part Two

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In collaboration with Bill Turianski from billsportsmaps.com website, today we present the second in our primers on the English football pyramid as we continue the week's non-league theme. Here's a wonderfully illustrated map of the 32 highest-drawing clubs outside the Premier League and the Football League.

Non-League Football, a Primer: Part One

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In collaboration with Bill Turianski from the brilliant billsportsmaps.com website, today we present a basic primer on the English football pyramid as we continue the week's non-league theme. Some of you might be well versed in this already, but it will be useful for those perhaps hazy about the levels that fall below the Premier League [.

The Rest

Photo Daily: Welcome to Biggleswade Town F.C.

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Biggleswade Town's Carlsberg Stadium, versus Croydon in the fourth round of the FA Vase, 17 January 2009.


An Unhappy Christmas for Chester City

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Poor Chester City, of England's Football Conference. Imagine waking up the day after Christmas and finding that your club had appointed as Director of Football a man who had led another club (Halesowen) into severe financial peril and expulsion from the FA Cup, and who had received a year-long touchline ban after clashing with one of his own players?

Merthyr Tydfil: Footballing Martyrs living on the brink of extinction

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A few days before England coasted to victory against Slovakia in World Cup qualification, Cardiff City cruised to a 3-0 mid-season friendly against Merthyr Tydfil. But while the result may have been meaningless, the match itself wasn't as the British Gas Business club needed every last penny from the game to ensure their survival.

Photo, Shoot - 31.10.2008 - Grassroots Football

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Sportfreunde Großsachsenheim v TSV Phönix Lomersheim II.Germany, April 2008.Grassroots Football. Photo courtesy of poity_uk on Flickr, in Just-Football's photo pool.

What Needs to Change in Non-League Football

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We've been looking at English non-league football all week, and in something of a call-to-arms, Dave Boyle suggests that more supporters of non-league clubs need to take charge of their own destinies. The last five years as an AFC Wimbledon fan have immersed me in non-League football. Up to then, I thought of non-League in much [.