Greater Manchester Celebrates Non League Day

Real football in our area, with real fans

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“And the Best Supporting Role goes to…” the main stand at Moor Lane, Salford City’s home. Here’s James Boyes’ picture of the wonderful stand seen on the 25 August 2015. (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

Football, real football. The Association game that is played by 95% of footballing sides out the 92 English Football League and the English Premier League in England and parts of Wales. Whilst the English Premier League breaks up for international fixtures, the first Saturday in September is known as Non League Day. Continue reading “Greater Manchester Celebrates Non League Day”

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”

Non League Day: How Was It For You?

Also: How I Spent Non League Day following The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic to Histon

Main Stand, Glassworld Stadium, Histon FC, Cambridgeshire

Last week’s 2 – 2 draw with FC Halifax Town was set to a most appalling soundtrack of bad refereeing decisions (Tom Baker’s last minute penality), segregation by means of outdated facilities and – gasp – an expensive (for the West Riding of Yorkshire) £12.50 admission fee for the joys of the Skircoat Stand. Continue reading “Non League Day: How Was It For You?”

Celebrating Non League Day in Greater Manchester: 03 September 2011

Stuff the Overpaid Prima Donnas, why not see your local side in action?

 

The brainchild of East of the M60 is a fervent follower of The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic, and has seen them home and away since November 1994. He has survived the most dour of draws, most dire of weather conditions and enjoyed the dizzy heights of seeing at the top of non-league. Of late, Stalybridge Celtic has opted for a full-time professional set-up. Lacking the millions of its illustrious neighbours off Warwick Road and Ashton New Road, their model is based on home-grown talent (akin to Crewe Alexandra) instead of players who earn more than Stalybridge Celtic itself. So far, it is paying dividends with the ‘Bridge unbeaten this season and an unbeaten run at home since January 2011. Continue reading “Celebrating Non League Day in Greater Manchester: 03 September 2011”