Morpeth Town chairman on National League aims, Craik Park plans and Senior Cup success

Orginally published in the Techflow Marine Senior Cup Final programme. Ask any Morpeth Town fan about Ken Beattie and they will only have positives to say. In matter of fact, ask any Northern League fan about Mr Beattie and you will be informed of why he is one of the most prevalent figures in the northContinue reading “Morpeth Town chairman on National League aims, Craik Park plans and Senior Cup success”

Pascal Chimbonda signs for AFC Killingworth

Former Premier League full-back Pascal Chimbonda will ply his trade in the Bay Plastics Northern Alliance Premier Division for AFC Killingworth this season – the 11th tier of English football. Chimbonda, now 39, has played over 400 professional games for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers. However, after leaving NorthernContinue reading “Pascal Chimbonda signs for AFC Killingworth”

Phoenix Clubs Are Ruining Non League?

Since the emergence and success of AFC Wimbledon, a phoenix football club set up by fans of former Premier League team Wimbledon FC, there has been a surge of newly formed clubs in recent years. But what does this mean for non league football? When a club goes into financial trouble or are declared defunctContinue reading “Phoenix Clubs Are Ruining Non League?”

FA Vase: Dominated by the North East

The FA Vase may as well be called the Northern League Cup. In fact, since 2009 there has been at least one Northern League side in the final at Wembley – including a three year FA Vase winning streak for Whitley Bay between 2009 and 2011. But why do Northern League sides perform so wellContinue reading “FA Vase: Dominated by the North East”

Jersey Goalkeeper Looking to Make His Mark in England

After his call up to the England ‘C’ training camp back in October 20-year-old goalkeeper Euan van der Vliet aims to push a move to play in the English league system. “I want to play at the highest level possible,” said the former Southampton academy player. “I’ve had no offers from English teams yet butContinue reading “Jersey Goalkeeper Looking to Make His Mark in England”

National League End of Season Projections

We are over half way in the 2017/18 National League season and it’s shaping up to be a very competitive end to the season; with just 6 points separating the top 8 teams as it stands in the top tier of non league football. Based upon recent form I have calculated the projected end ofContinue reading “National League End of Season Projections”

The Demise of Hartlepool, Chester, Macclesfield, Dagenham and Torquay?

This season in the National League many clubs have opened up about their financial troubles and have exposed the faults in how teams are run in the top tier of non league football. This has lead to many fundraisers such as the Hartlepool United just giving page, which has raised almost £85,000 to help saveContinue reading “The Demise of Hartlepool, Chester, Macclesfield, Dagenham and Torquay?”

3G Pitches: Coming To A Football League Near You

Sutton United are a team who face relegation from the top tier of non league football down to the National League South if they are promoted and do not take the step up into the Football League. The fact that Sutton United would have to rip up their pitch is absolutely insane considering the surfaceContinue reading “3G Pitches: Coming To A Football League Near You”

The Best Non League Club Names

As you look down the English football pyramid the club names get more and more abnormal the further you go. Because of this I decided to explore a few of my favourites and look into these particular clubs. Swindon Supermarine ‘The Marine’ play their games close to where they manufacture Honda cars in South Marston,Continue reading “The Best Non League Club Names”

Are professional clubs at a disadvantage in the National League?

There are a handful of Football League quality players in the lower leagues who are playing part time and have their own business or job on the side. Because their profession outside the game it is not financially viable for them to quit their day job and join a professional team who require full timeContinue reading “Are professional clubs at a disadvantage in the National League?”

Football Hooliganism Is Back On The Rise

Original article: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/everton-fan-fight-hit-players-holding-child-son-blames-club-lyon-europa-league-ashamed-police-brawl-a8013671.html The term ‘football hooliganism’ dates back to the 1960’s where the UK in particular had many issues with fans acting disorderly and violent at football games. Recently a video surfaced online in which an Everton fan was seen joining in a brawl against the Olympique Lyonnais players on the pitch, it’s alsoContinue reading “Football Hooliganism Is Back On The Rise”

Why do footballers force a transfer by refusing to play?

Footballers careers are short. The average professional playing career is typically around 15-20 years, and because of this players will normally milk as much money as they can in order to sustain themselves when they retire from the game. You see higher up in the footballing pyramid, especially in the Premier League, players will refuseContinue reading “Why do footballers force a transfer by refusing to play?”