A Crowdfunding Cry from the Celts

Stalybridge Celtic’s crowdfunding appeal passes £1,700 Mark In the last week, there has been much talk about footballing activities returning to the fore, following some relaxation of our COVID-19 lockdown. It has been stated that Barclays Premier League sides could finish off their season behind closed doors at neutral venues – giving us all several…

Tameside’s and Glossop’s Northern Premier League 2019 – 20 Fixtures

Ashton United welcome newly promoted Atherton Collieries whilst Mossley and Stalybridge Celtic travel away Well, the wait is over. Today at 6pm, the Northern Premier League has announced its fixtures for the 2019 – 2020 season. This season will also see two significant developments for the 51-year-old league. First is the creation of a North…

Why My Heart Lies in Non League Football

Why there’s more to the beautiful game than telephone number sized transfer deals Football. Britain’s national game. One of many things we brought to the world, yet fell hopelessly behind as other countries improved. See also the railways: once the most advanced in the world, though now behind its peers in France and Germany. The…

Greater Manchester Celebrates Non League Day

Real football in our area, with real fans 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…

It Was Twenty Years Today… Since I First Saw the Celtic Play

From passive fan to their Poet Laureate in two decades: a post of two halves What were you doing on a typical Saturday in late 1994? There was a new fangled game known as The National Lottery. Noel’s House Party was ‘must-watch’ TV with 15 million viewers each teatime. Sleaze allegations continued to haunt John…

In Praise of the Aggborough Pie Hut

Supporters’ survey fails to do justice to Murdoch’s delectable dishes Regular readers may be familiar with some of my ramblings on The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic®, whom I have followed home and away through thick, thin, thinner and thinnest of times. In nearly 20 years of supporting them, I have been to a fair number of grounds…

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.

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  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…

Fans Cry Foul Over Axed Local Sports Pundit

Sacking of non league football expert deemed massive own goal by supporters Non league football fans throughout Tameside and the North West of England were shocked to hear about the axing of a popular sports pundit. Mike Pavasovic, who has covered the semi-professional game since the 1970s was axed from the Tameside Reporter, and lost…

From Worksop Parramore to Wembley

A spotlight on the 2013-14 F.A. Challenge Cup competition By next week, the world’s greatest and oldest cup competition will be in full swing. Everybody says the absolute zenith of the competition at its finest is the final tie at Wembley. I beg to differ. What has made, and continues to make the F.A. Cup…

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

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