Naked ambition

This is not the blogpost I was going to publish today but it’s a post that needs making. Following the published results of the National League’s written resolutions, a cabal of disgruntled North and South clubs have published an open letter to the National League’s interim leader, Mark Ives. The essense of the letter is […]

National League Loans – it’s madness

There’s been a lot of talk for and against the National League clubs taking up the proffered loans from Sport England and the DCMS, just so the season could be completed. I’ve even heard some think that because the grants were taken up earlier, the clubs have some sort of obligation to carry on, and […]

Cut them some slack, keyboard warriors

Well, the 2020-21 National League season has not been blessed with good fortune. Clubs are struggling to get matches played, and are being forced to postpone matches due to players contracting the virus, so creating fixture backlogs seldom seen in football. With there being no supporters permitted into grounds, and no opportunity to create revenue […]

Grounds across England

Originally written for the excellent North Ferriby fanzine, ‘View from the Allotment End’, back in February 2020 (back in the Old days!), its a ramble through 12 years of visiting non league grounds across the country. I’m sure supporters of the clubs concerned will either like or hate me for it, but as always, my […]

Writing on the wall

Well, that’s that. The 2019-20 Championship season has finally ended. We know who that champions are, and a more unpopular one you’ll find hard to come across. Leeds Utd, a self proclaimed big club, will be back in the Premier League next season and already many of the supporters of other clubs are wishing they […]

Non League 3G pitches

It will soon get to the time of year when the weather will close in and takes its toll on the non league fixture list, and no doubt this will lead to calls that the game needs more artificial pitches to allow the matches to be completed. The latest National League South club to install […]

Football returns – for some…

With the announcement by the EFL of a provisional restart date for the Championship of June 20th, many football supporters will be starting to get excited again. There is obviously still a lot of work to be done in that time, a lot of important decisions to be made and a lot of meetings still […]

Dirty cash for a dirty game

Scanning through my twitter feed this morning, I came across a tweet that I couldn’t disagree with. A post by Jon Colman neatly wrapped up the kind of thoughts many have been having, that the top levels of the game are so wrapped up in themselves that they appear to be losing the wider picture. […]

Football, prove me wrong!

A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks with regards to the 2019-20 season, and yet it’s still no clearer what is going to happen. The PL are discussing Project Restart, completing the season behind closed doors at neutral stadia. As can be expected, there are clubs not in favour of this. Relegation-threatened […]

Naked self interest

The bandwagon towards instructing m’learned friend with regards to the decision ratified by the FA Council continues. Halesowen Town (2nd in the Southern League Central Division) are the latest to have requested solicitors to poke their heads above the parapet. This time, they have asked for the Southern League to explain its decision making and […]