Friday, 13 September 2019

Non-League Day & Women's Football Weekend

With the opening international break already over, the next two gaps in the domestic top-flight calendar will see the return of an established favourite and the introduction of a new theme.

Saturday 12th October marks the 10th Non-League Day with James Doe's 2010 idea having grown into a superbly marketed platform for clubs up and down the country (and now further afield as well) to try and attract new supporters while cementing their place in the local community.

The NLD page on Twitter is a good place to catch up on everything that is happening and Merstham FC of the Isthmian League Premier Division have been quick off the mark to announce that their home game against Leatherhead will be a Family Day with loads of activities both before kick-off and after the final whistle.

There is free entry for all emergency services personnel and season ticket holders from any club can watch for a fiver.

November's international break, specifically the weekend of 15/16th November, will see the first Women's Football Weekend as the FA seek to capitalise on the positive feeling created by the World Cup and also the opening matchday of the Super League season when large crowds were in attendance at the Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge.

There are some big matches scheduled for the weekend, including a North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which will clearly sell well but I like the idea of a theme that will encompass all levels of the game over the weekend and I'll give it plenty of plugs on Twitter over the next couple of months.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

A Tweet For The Weekend

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Brighton Rocks

A terrible title for the article but there are two good opportunities to catch a match under the flood-lights at the Amex Stadium on consecutive Friday nights in September with Brighton & Hove Albion Under 23’s in Premier League 2 action.

The Seagulls youngsters take on Everton on the 20th and then Tottenham Hotspur on the 27th. Both games are 7pm kick-offs and tickets are currently on general sale for both, priced at £5 Adults and £2 for Over 65’s and Under 16’s.

They are also the visitors to Stamford Bridge this coming Friday, the 13th, for a Premier League 2 game against Chelsea for which tickets are still on sale, priced at £5 Adults and free for those Under 20 and over 65.

Resurgent in recent seasons, Brighton are at the head of what seems to be quite a thriving football scene in Sussex generally with a good spread of clubs at all levels of the non-league game and Crawley Town of League Two who have featured regularly on these pages over the past few seasons with some innovative ticket offers.

The Southern Combination Football League covers the county at Steps 5,6 and 7 and has a regularly updated Twitter page.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Bath City FC Community Day

It's target 2,000 at Twerton Park on Saturday 14 September when Bath City take on Eastbourne Borough in the National League South as the game has been chosen as the club’s Community Day fixture for the 2019/20 season.

Admission on the turnstiles will be 'Pay What You Like' with lots of family activities going on be-forehand.

1,585 attended last season's Community Day fixture and with the feelgood factor growing over the club being community owned it is hoped that that figure is easily beaten at the weekend.

10% of all gate receipts will go to the Bath City FC Foundation.

It's a double-header of affordable action at Twerton Park over the course of the weekend as Bath City U18's have an FA Youth Cup tie against Frome Town at 7.45pm on Monday 16th for which admission will be £3 Adults, £1 for Under 16’s.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

A Tweet For The Weekend

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

International Break Action

Moaning about the international break and 'no football' is a standard social media trope but out in the real world there's a host of matches all across the country this weekend in competitions where the sponsors range from global airline giants to the producers of top-notch treats to go with your cup of tea!

The Emirates FA Cup is at the First Round Qualifying stage and that means a bit of history at Yockings Park in Shropshire where Whitchurch Alport host their first ever game in the competition, Leek Town the opposition for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday (7th September).

Admission prices are £6 Adults, £4 and £1. A full fixture list for the weekend is on the FA website.

Clubs from all four home nations and the Republic of Ireland are taking part in the Scottish Challenge Cup, sponsored by Tunnocks Caramel Wafers, and that throws up some interesting ties such as Kelty Hearts (of the Scottish Lowland League) hosting Solihull Moors from the National League in England.

Admission prices at New Central Park at 3pm on Saturday are £10 Adults, £5 Concessions.

Those same prices are in operation at Tannadice on Saturday (Dundee United versus Arbroath) and Sunday at Dens Park (Dundee versus Elgin City) which gives the opportunity of a double-header.

If you're a season ticket holder for a club without a match this weekend then keep an eye out locally for fixtures to go and the occasional reduced price admission offer.

Penistone Church FC of the Northern Counties East League, for instance, are offering entry at £3/£1.50 (usually £5/£3) for season ticket holders of Barnsley, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Women’s FA Cup Preliminary Round

FA Cup tie at Oughtibridge War Memorial Sports Ground

A pleasant late summer (or early autumn day) at the very neat and tidy Oughtibridge War Memorial Sports Ground yesterday as the home side recovered from losing an early goal to see off neighbours Sheffield Wednesday and earn a place in the First Qualifying Round of this season’s competition.

I wrote last week about the spirit of the game, in the wake of Bury losing their place in the Football League, and it was evident at Oughtibridge with friends and family of the players on both sides mingling on the touchline as a well-contested game was played out.

For both sides, wherever their football takes them in future, they can say with pride that they played in the FA Cup.

Monday’s draw saw Oughtibridge handed a tough trip to Peterborough United on Sunday 22nd September.