FA must restructure the pyramid this summer, demands Railway boss

Harrogate Railway manager Mick O’Connell has called on the FA to restructure the pyramid this summer rather than next year. The FA’s original plan was to introduce various new leagues across the country for the 2020/21 campaign, but following the decision to expunge last season they pushed to restructuring to 2021. That surprised many as  read more→

Youth revolution is way forward for Harrogate Railway – O’Connell

Harrogate Railway will focus on developing young players and giving them opportunities in men’s football next season and Mick O’Connell expects other clubs to follow the same philosophy. O’Connell is preparing his first full season in charge of Harrogate, whenever that may begin, and he has a clear plan of where he wants to take  read more→

Craig Marsh’s Non League Journey

The life and soul of it. That maybe sums up Craig Marsh, a man willing to have a wrestle with Mick Norbury while fitting PVC windows. Rob Ward loved Marsh’s presence in the changing room after a game. Dave Watts might not say the same considering the shock he got one morning in a Sheffield  read more→

‘England’s number one’ Jody Barford’s Non League Journey

Jody Barford is liked by everyone he meets. The goalkeeper lives and breathes Non League Football and he has enjoyed a career spanning 20 years. He’s not a tracksuit collector as some make out. He’s had structured career with long spells with Tadcaster Albion, Brodsworth, Ossett Albion, Retford United and Brigg Town (as joint manager  read more→

Pakistan International Amjad Iqbal’s Non League Journey

Amjad Iqbal. What a man. What a player. Iqbal never played professionally, but represented Pakistan ten times at International level and in World Cup qualifiers. A fine achievement, considering he started playing at 13 in Bradford, and he remains a role model for aspiring footballers in the Asian community. He also has a claim to  read more→