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 

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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.”

‘It’s the Time of the Season…’ The 2014 Great Kick-Off

Stand by for real footballing action

From 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon the Football Conference season kicks off, heralding for many people the start of the football season. Some may argue the season starts proper on the 16 August, next Saturday. To some extent, they could be right, being as both the Barclays Premier League and the Evostik Northern Premier League kick off on the same week. Tomorrow also sees our North West Counties League sides on their third game. Continue reading “‘It’s the Time of the Season…’ The 2014 Great Kick-Off”

From Moor Lane to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Trophy

East of the M60‘s preview of one of the F.A.’s non-league cup competitions from a Greater Mancunian perspective

It may be a while off yet, but the preliminary round draw for the F.A. Trophy has already been made. Ties will take place on the 18 October 2014. Continue reading “From Moor Lane to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Trophy”

From Alder Street to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Vase

East of the M60‘s preview of one of the F.A.’s non-league cup competitions from a Greater Mancunian perspective

Who’d have thought by this of writing we would have seen Brazil turned over by Germany. What score was it again: 7-1? I bet Pele threw a wooden clock through his living room window. Never mind. Continue reading “From Alder Street to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Vase”

From Surrey Street to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Challenge Cup

East of the M60‘s preview of the world’s greatest cup competition from a Greater Mancunian perspective

This year’s World Cup has brought about some dramatic performances, the expected disappointment of England and some blistering weather. Many of us may have been enthralled by Costa Rica, or half expect Argentina to lift the trophy this year. Continue reading “From Surrey Street to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Challenge Cup”

Countdown to Agony or Ecstasy: 21 Days Set to Shake Tameside Non League Football

A preview of the final three weeks of the 2013-14 football season

At around about this time last August, we were bracing ourselves for what would hopefully be a good season for all clubs in the Tameside area, and Glossop North End. At this time of writing, we are now three weeks away from its completion, that very point of the season which is often known as ‘the business end’. Continue reading “Countdown to Agony or Ecstasy: 21 Days Set to Shake Tameside Non League Football”

Moments Which Shook Tameside and Glossop Non-League Football: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten seminal moments of non-league footballing greatness in the Tameside and Glossop areas

With the season less than ten matches from completion, this would often be the time for Player of the Year, PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards. This would also be a time to reflect upon the last three-quarters of the footballing season, maybe the odd past glory or two. Continue reading “Moments Which Shook Tameside and Glossop Non-League Football: The Not So Perfect Ten”

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?”