Sulky Sutton Utd

Most of you, my readers, will remember Sutton Utd’s amazing run to the FA Cup fifth round, dispatching Leeds Utd on that Sunday afternoon before taking on Arsenal in a prestigious live Monday evening game, made famous by goalkeeping coach Wayne Shaw’s naive actions over a pie as the Gunners won 2-0. However, the U’s […]

Is the National League South easier than the North?

When you look at it, its probably not the question of the moment, but when you sit down and think, there’s definitely a case for the South being the slightly easier ride. For a start, the geographical distances involved travelling about the North add some extra burdens to the teams.  Now that Blyth Spartans have […]

Billericay Town – boom or bust?

The biggest talking point in non league football at the moment, and the issue that seems to dividing fans to one viewpoint or the other is the situation surrounding Bostik Premier League club Billericay Town. Entrepreneur Glenn Tamplin's acquisition of the club and subsequent massive bankrolling of the club to allow the signings of such […]

Ground grading

This article was originally written in March 2017 for the excellent North Ferriby Utd fanzine ‘View from the Allotment End’. Once again we get to this time of year when ground grading becomes a hot topic across non-league football. This year, it could impact promotion hopes as well as increase relegation fears, throwing playoffs into […]

Can a non-league club lose its soul?

Hampton’s time in the playoffs came to an end this weekend at Ebbsfleet Utd. Given as how the club was given its place in the playoffs by the ground standards of others, I guess that’s no real surprise. However, the reaction of some of the Ebbsfleet supporters on social media after the match set my […]

Doomed to failure? – Non league clubs and big financial backers

If you’re a regular listener to the podcast I take part in, then no doubt you’ll have heard me, time and again bemoan the governance of football clubs. Every season, we hear or read of clubs going out of business, some because they can’t go on, and some for want of proper management.  A lot […]

Poor old Mike Phelan

Yesterday’s announcement of the departure of Mike Phelan from Hull City throws into sharp relief the issues at the club. The issues are not on field ones, although the Tigers are bottom of the Premier League. No, it’s right at the very top of the club, those who are supposed to be running the club. […]

England C; what news? Stuff you, signed, the FA.

One of the things to properly pee me off was the lack of any recognition that England C were playing in Estonia this week. One article of the FA website dated October 20th and that was it. Nothing until after the match, when a report appeared, see below. Once again, the PTB fawn over the […]

Reason I love my job…

Being a club press officer can be a lot of hard work, a lot of which is never seen and appreciated. Indeed, most of the time, you only get noticed if you miss something or make a complete screw-up, and I’m no stranger to that! However, this last month has been different. As well as […]