Non League State of Mind: Non League Day, 06 September 2014

The joys of Non League Football in Greater Manchester

It’s that time again, the greatest day in non-league football: Non League Day. Tomorrow sees the non-league sides of Greater Manchester enticing Premier League and Championship football fans with the joys of real football. Continue reading “Non League State of Mind: Non League Day, 06 September 2014”

Non League Day Comes to Bower Fold: Stalybridge Celtic v Leamington F.C.

Saturday 06 September 2014: Real football, plus mascots, live music and discounts 

New Windmill Ground covered end
Saturday’s opponents will be of significance to Keith Briggs, whose second match in the dugout was a 2-0 win at Bower Fold. Seen here is a view of the ‘Bridge’s travelling army at the previous away match. A late winner for the Brakes separated the sides and the heavens literally opened – a thunderstorm appeared seconds later.

Over the last five years, Non League Day has become an established part of the footballing calendar. It coincides with a point where English Premier League sides have a Saturday. This for international fixtures; this season, three days after England’s match against Norway. A friendly. With a nondescript starting XI. Continue reading “Non League Day Comes to Bower Fold: Stalybridge Celtic v Leamington F.C.”

Non League Day, 07 September 2013: How Was It For You?

East of the M60’s review on yesterday’s football fandango

Main Stand, Glassworld Stadium, Histon FC, Cambridgeshire
That’s Histon FC’s ground again. (And the Stutes beat Workington 3-1 at home too).

It was a pretty good Non League Day for Greater Manchester’s sides yesterday. Both Ashton clubs recorded home wins with home defeats for Hyde FC, Stalybridge Celtic AFC and FC United of Manchester. Within the Bury Council boundaries there was one defeat and two draws in the Northern Premier League alone. Continue reading “Non League Day, 07 September 2013: How Was It For You?”

Non League Day, 07 September 2013: Real Football for the Masses

The joys of Non League Football in Greater Manchester

Main Stand, Glassworld Stadium, Histon FC, Cambridgeshire
Photographed during the 2011 Non League Day on the 04 September at Histon FC. (The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic beat the Stutes 1-0 in that fixture).

Whilst our Premier League and Championship sides are having a weekend off due to international fixtures, the 07 September 2013 is Non League Day. As well as attracting potential newcomers to non-league football, some football clubs are enticing them with discounts. Continue reading “Non League Day, 07 September 2013: Real Football for the Masses”

Non League Day 2012: Celebrating Real Football

Real football for the masses – the joys of Non League Football in Stockport, Tameside, Oldham and Rochdale

Non League Football: where fans are likely to catch the same bus as or call in the same pubs as their favoured players. This is Horsfall Stadium, the home of Bradford Park Avenue, at the match where Stalybridge Celtic beat them 3-1.

By the time you’ve read this, there’s every chance you may have seen England play The Mighty San Marino in a World Cup Qualifier. San Marino, whose international side mainly comprises of Italian Fourth Division players is ranked 207th in the world. On paper, England, fifth in the FIFA World Rankings should trounce them. Continue reading “Non League Day 2012: Celebrating Real Football”

It Pains Me to Says This, But Well Done to Hyde FC

Joy for Tigers as Hyde FC become third Tameside club to reach non-league’s top flight

Whaddon Road Ground, Cheltenham, 1655 hours yesterday: the Mighty Stalybridge Celtic were fresh from beating Gloucestershire’s Tigers [Gloucester City] 2-1. Some 150 miles north, another club nicknamed the Tigers enjoyed better luck, beating Boston United 4-1. By the time I got back to my coach, it was confirmed that Cheshire’s big cats had won the Conference North [Blue Square Bet North] title in front of a four figure attendance (but not the 136 as erroneously stated on BBCi that evening). And deservedly so. Continue reading “It Pains Me to Says This, But Well Done to Hyde FC”