The Lord Tom Pendry Stand, Bower Fold.

An Absolute Beginners Guide to Watching Non-League Football

Or: How I Ditched Premier League Football and Saved Thousands of Pounds a Season

Association Football is England’s National Sport. It brings billions to our economies, whether at the turnstile, public house or towards our broadcasters. The top clubs pay eye watering salaries to their players, and the fans pay equally eye watering amounts for the privilege of seeing City, United, Liverpool or the like. Historically, it has sold newspapers, satellite dishes and broadband packages.

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Bower Fold backdrop

Book Review: British Football’s Greatest Grounds

Not only a coffee table book for groundhoppers; a must for any football fan

  • Title: British Football’s Greatest Grounds: One Hundred Must-See Football Venues;
  • Author: Mike Bayly;
  • Photography: various contributors including David Bauckman, Paul Paxford, Colin McPherson, Andy Nunn, Stuart Tree, Ben Webster,
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Limited (2020);
  • Recommended Selling Price: £30.00 (hardback).

At this moment in time, you may be missing your football fix if you often go out to see your favourite team. Due to the lockdown, only Elite League football teams (National Leagues North and South upwards) can continue their season. In what is now known as The Trident Leagues (Northern Premier, Southern and Isthmian leagues), league football has been suspended till further notice. Likewise with its regional feeder leagues.

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Lost Football Grounds of the Tameside Area

Alternative Title: Whatever Happened To The Mighty Onions?

The history of Tameside’s footballing sides past and present is worthy of a tome itself. Besides Mike Pavasovic’s books on his beloved Hyde F.C., there is little of great detail about the borough’s non-league sides. Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton United are chronicled in Gary James’ excellent ‘Manchester: A Football History’. The ‘Bridge is also covered in Dave Twydell’s ‘Rejected F.C.’ owing to its history as a Football League Third Division North club. Continue reading “Lost Football Grounds of the Tameside Area”

Iconic Non League Football Stands, Past and Present: The Not So Perfect Team

Non league football’s most distinctive main stands. Some lost, some intact, some on the way out, and some which have seen Football League action

  • 1. Goalkeeper: A Slate Roofed Double Stand, Horton Park Avenue (Bradford Park Avenue AFC);
  • 2. Defender: ‘Harold’s Lugs’, Kingsway (Bishop Auckland FC);
  • 3. Defender: Built By ICI, Central Avenue (Billingham Synthonia FC);
  • 4. Defender: Built By Miners for Miners, Westfield Lane (Frickley Athletic FC);
  • 5. Defender: An Olympic Record, Champion Hill (Dulwich Hamlet FC);
  • 6. Midfielder: Ornate Beside The Seaside, Wellesley Recreation Ground (Great Yarmouth Town FC);
  • 7. Midfielder: Rhodes’ Legacy, Bower Fold (Stalybridge Celtic AFC);
  • 8. Midfielder: Regal Art Deco Masterpiece, Queen Elizabeth the Second Ground (Enfield Town FC);
  • 9. Forward: Mock Tudor Splendour: The Polegrove (Bexhill United FC);
  • 10. Forward: Poppies Doth Preached: Rockingham Road (Kettering Town FC);
  • 11. Forward: Loveable Fifties Timewarp: Victory Park (Chorley FC).

Substitute:

  • 12. Bethrothed and Divine: The Valley Stadium (Redditch United FC).

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