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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.

Non-League Day 2013: Lewes FC Are Caught By The Fuzz

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As the pleasingly basic scoreboard tucked away near one corner of the pitch ticked over ninety minutes at The Dripping Pan on Saturday afternoon, there was a hint of quiet satisfaction in the air. Leading by two goals to nil and with the home defence having seldom been threatened all afternoon, it looked just about certain that the biggest Ryman League crowd of the afternoon, some 788 people, was going to retire to the bar happy with a comfortable win against the limited if obdurate opposition that the Metropolitan Police, lower table opposition of no discernable ambition, were offering.

The Last Relegation Of The Season?

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The domestic league season is now all but over, but seasoned watchers of non-league football will already be more than aware that the final whistle at the end of any season seldom means that the league tables of the non-league pyramid are set in stone in any way. This season it is the Premier Division of the Ryman Football League that is the cause of some controversy as preparations begin for the Annual General Meetings that mark the end of this season and the start of the next, with a points deduction having been awarded after the end of the season which, subject to appeal, will relegate one club which had thought that it had done enough to avoid relegation whilst reprieving another which had been expecting to drop down a level.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 27-01-2013

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The weather had its say in the non-league programme this weekend, but we are still able this week to bring you six matches from the matches that did manage to go ahead. First up is a match from the last thirty-two FA Vase between Newport (Isle of Wight) FC and Brighouse Town of the Northern Counties East League.

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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: 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.

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.

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.

George Rolls, Kettering Town & The Morals Of Insolvency

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One of the great conceits of recent years in terms of the way that football clubs are run has been that there is a greater degree of transparency in the way that football clubs are run. There are examples of transparency within the game which are extremely impressive consider, for example, the decision of Lewes FC of the Ryman League Premier Division to publish their annual accounts online but, on the whole, this new air of openness often feels like little more than a veneer of democracy in action while business carries on very much as usual otherwise.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 29/04/2012

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This weekend saw the end of the normal season for many of the leagues below the Football League and the beginning of the play-offs in some. This weekend, we're going to have a look at a few of the outstanding issues at the top and bottom of the leagues, starting in the Blue Square Bet South, where a Sutton United side jostling for the best position possible in the play-off positions was at home against a Farnborough team that has only narrowly avoided relegation at the bottom of the table.

Final Day Shoot-Outs In The Ryman League

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It is not that often that league title races are open enough to go to the final day of the season with the whereabouts of the championship trophy still undecided, but this season two of the divisions of the Ryman League will end with five clubs still hoping to win automatic promotion as champions of their division.

Tom Davis: The Career Of A Blue Square South Journeyman

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Some people find their way in the world as a jack of all trades, spending their talents over a range of different tasks. Others, meanwhile, discover that they can do one thing, but do it very well. Midfielder Tom Davis didn't quite make the grade as a Premier League professional and he has also tried other divisions, but like a compass pointing involuntarily north, he always seems to find his way back to the division that he has called home for the lions share of his career: the Blue Square Bet South.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 11/03/2012

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As the 2011/12 season enters its final straight, we have six matches from six different competition this week to make our Non-League Videos Of The Week. First up is the FA Trophy Semi-Final First Leg between Newport County of the Blue Square Premier and Wealdstone of the Ryman League Premier Division.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 04/03/2012

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This week's non-league videos of the week come from the Blue Square Bet Premier, the Blue Square Bet South, the Ryman League and the quarter-finals of this year's FA Vase. Our first match comes from Haig Avenue and is between a Southport team which a little surprisingly is still in the play-off places at the top of the table and a Newport County team which has seen a recent run of improved form lift their club out of the relegation places at the foot of the table.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 19/02/2012

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After a couple of weeks off, we can finally get back to some matches from this weekend's football and we have a variety of competitions for you today. First up, we have a match from this weekend's FA Vase between Whitley Bay, who have won the tournament for the last three years in a row, and West Auckland.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 08-01-2012

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Although a lucky handful of clubs were still involved in the FA Cup this weekend, most non-league clubs were back to the league this weekend, and we have the highlights from four matches from yesterday for you tonight. First up are the Blue Square Premier matches between AFC Telford United and Kettering Town, and Mansfield Town and Forest Green Rovers.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 18-12-2011

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After all the excitement of the recent rounds of cup matches in the FA Cup and FA Trophy over the last couple of weeks, it was back to the league for non-league football this weekend, and we have highlights from six matches for you this evening. From the Blue Square Premier, we have the match between Forest Green Rovers and Lincoln City.

Is The End Nigh For Croydon Athletic?

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It was a story that started almost a year and a half ago in a blaze of publicity which involved a major newspaper, allegations of corruption in another sport, a non-league football club and suicide. Now, with the half-way point in the following season fast approaching, it seems almost certain that the final chapter to play out in the life of Croydon Athletic Football Club will end in the collapse of a club which found itself thrust into the front page of newspapers around the world and, as the authorities pick over the carcass of this club over the next few weeks and months, a question well worth asking will be that of how nobody came to recognise the signs that there was something terribly, horribly wrong at this club earlier than it was.

Match Of The Week: Enfield Town 3-0 Soham Town Rangers

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After twelve years, comes the return home. Enfield Town have been a going concern for more longer than a decade now, but today is the day that normality, perhaps, began to return to this particular corner of North London. They've already played a clutch of matches here a friendly to open the ground against a Tottenham Hotspur XI, a Middlesex Senior Cup match and a Ryman League Cup match but today sees the arrival of league football to The QE2 Stadium, which has already on account of its Donkey Lane postal address earned itself the nickname of "The Donkeydome.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 20-11-2011

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We have five matches for you this week as our non-league videos of the week. First up is the match from the Blue Square Premier between Ebbsfleet United and a club that has been having renewed difficulties off the pitch again, Darlington. Next up are the goals from the Blue Square North match between Altrincham and Gloucester City.

If They’re Going To Cover Non-League Football, The Media Has To Get It Right

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The First Round Proper of the FA Cup came and went with some criticism of the quality offered by the mainstream media of the non-league game. Mike Bayly was unsatisfied with the cliche and factual inaccuracy that the press offered in attempting to get to grips with the semi-professional game.

Coverage of non-league teams in the season's FA Cup qualifying rounds may have broken new boundaries, but where the FA Cup First Round is concerned, old habits die hard.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 13-11-2011

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Well, it's very late on a Sunday evening, so it's time for a round-up of non-league videos from over the course of this weekend. We kick off with a match from the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, between Chelmsford City of the Blue Square South and AFC Telford United of the Blue Square Premier. Next up is a match from the Ryman League Premier Division between two of the pre-season promotion favourites, Lewes and Bury Town, and this is followed by a match from the Southern League Division One Central between Slough Town and St Neots Town.

Match Of The Week: Worthing 1-0 Dulwich Hamlet

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The eyes of the world are largely elsewhere this afternoon. International matches and the first round proper if the FA Cup mean that even the tiny amount of coverage that a match in Division One South of the Ryman League might attract pales away to nothing. Yet this is, in its own way, an intriguing match.

Coming Home At Last: The Return Of Enfield Town

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Just over ten years after their formation, Enfield Town return to a ground of their own at The QE2 Stadium on Wednesday. The first match is a Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Harefield United on Wednesday 9th November followed by a Ryman League Cup tie against AFC Sudbury on Monday 14th November.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 06/11/2011

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We have matches for you this evening, as our Non-League Videos Of The Week. Our first comes from the Blue Square Premier, and is the match between Mansfield Town and Cambridge United. Our second is from the Blue Square South, and is between Woking and Havant & Waterlooville. We then have two matches from this weekend's FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round, with Bury Town playing Hythe Town, and Hednesford Town playing Matlock Town.

Match Of The Week: Lewes 0-4 AFC Hornchurch

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Non-league football has experienced a culture of boom and bust for as long as it has existed. From the shamateurism of the 1950s and 1960s, through to more recent vanity projects, there has never been a completely level playing field in the semi-professional football, and what becomes troubling about this is, of course, what happens to a club when the money runs out.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round

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We have two posts making up our non-league videos of the week for this week, kicking off with three matches from the Third Qualifying Round of this year's FA Cup. The clubs taking this part in this round of the competition will take their place against those of the Blue Square Premier in its final qualifying round, and should they win this match they will be have a chance of a live television appearance and the sort of prize money which can make a serious difference to the well-being of a non-league club.

The FA Cup Second Qualifying Round: Merstham 0-2 AFC Sudbury

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This is the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, isn't it? By this stage of the competition, we would usually be wearing something approaching our winter woollies and sipping at Bovril which remains scalding hot for three minutes for turning stone cold in the amount of time that it takes to blink, but summer has come late this year, and Surrey is unusually temperate this afternoon.

The FA Cup Second Qualifying Round: Merstham 0-2 AFC Sudbury

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This is the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, isn't it? By this stage of the competition, we would usually be wearing something approaching our winter woollies and sipping at Bovril which remains scalding hot for three minutes for turning stone cold in the amount of time that it takes to blink, but summer has come late this year, and Surrey is unusually temperate this afternoon.

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 25-09-2011

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This week's non-league videos of the week come from a variety of different competitions, including the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Vase. First up, though, is the match between Cambridge City and Banbury United in the Southern League Premier Division. Cambridge were beaten in the play-offs in this league last season, and are hoping to go one better than that this this season, whilst Banbury United are are hoping to challenge for the championship themselves.

The Tropic Of Ruislip: An Afternoon Out With Wealdstone FC

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For our very last Non-League Day related story, David Bauckham travelled up to Middlesex for the Ryman League Premier Division match between Wealdstone and Bury Town.

I was once asked by someone to explain this "football pyramid thing" that I kept banging on about and it was only then, as a follower of non-League football for many years, that it dawned on me that there are many football fans out there who have little or no idea that the Pyramid even exists, let alone what it is all about.

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Pushed Down The Pyramid: Why Premier League B Teams Can “B” Off

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A few days ago I was pondering the inadvisability of both knee-jerk reactions and the tendency for media outlets to focus on one aspect of a particular story at the expense of the "bigger picture." A few days later, I was guilty of both, in response to The FA Chairman's England Commission report and its proposal to insert Premier League "B" teams into English club football's pyramid system.

The Republic of Ireland: International Football As Tragi-Comedy

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Appearances can deceive greatly. On Sunday, I watched my team who have had such a good start to the season that they are starting to becomeperennially known as "high-flying Kingstonian" beat Ryman League strugglers Thamesmead Town by a largely expected margin of 4-1. The Thamesmead goalkeeper, the delightfully-named Bob Budd, was responsible for the score.

Ten Years Of AFC Wimbledon: Part 4 – Nature Is Bent On New Beginning And Death Has Not A Chance Of Winning

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"It only took nine years" was the song booming from the AFC Wimbledon end of The City of Manchester Stadium at the end of the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final against Luton Town in May of last year. There was a certain irony to the fact that two clubs from the south-east of England had to travel over two hundred miles to play a match that would ordinarily have been played at Wembley.

Match Of The Week 3: Sutton United 0-2 Notts County

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Evening falls over Sutton, and with it comes the final match of the Second Round of this year's FA Cup. Gander Green Lane has been here before, of course, in 1989 when the team in amber and chocolate knocked Coventry City out of the competition the last time that a non-league club knocked one from the top division out of the FA Cup and also in 1970, when a scarcely-credible 14,000 people packed in here to see Sutton United lose 6-0 against Leeds United in the Third Round of the competition.

QPR Report Wednesday Snippets...Three Years of The QPR Report Messageboard!...Photo Memories of Rodney Marsh in His QPR Prime

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