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 north […]

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 Northern […]

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 but […]

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 save […]

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 surface […]

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 time […]

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 also […]

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 refuse […]