19 game season could be fair solution – Emley boss

Emley AFC manager Richard Tracey has suggested that a 19-league season could be a fairer solution to finish the campaign than points-per-game if the Toolstation Northern Counties East League returns to action. Finishing a full campaign is increasingly unlikely due to the latest suspension. But a situation where everyone plays half-a-season is certainly viable if  read more→

Kelsey left speechless at Rec’s “game-changer” win

Shane Kelsey was left speechless by Athersley Rec’s “game-changer” Boxing Day victory over local rivals Hemsworth Miners Welfare. Lee Garside’s fifth minute was enough for the Rec to record their first three points of the campaign and move within a point of Bottesford Town in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division table. Their incarcerated manager Kelsey,  read more→

Matt Wragg’s Non League Journey

Matt Wragg out-scored Jamie Vardy whilst playing with the Premier League winner and England International for Stocksbridge Park Steels reserves. That’s quite some statement but it is true. Wragg was the main striker with the almost mythical Stocksbridge reserves side which won two trophies in 2007 with Vardy playing a key role. As Vardy’s career  read more→

Ferriby fans can give us extra edge in FA Vase tie – Bolder

Chris Bolder admits he is frustrated North Ferriby cannot have all their supporters cheering on their team in the major FA Vase tie with Seaham Red Star next week. Ferriby, the largest supported club in the NCEL, are expected to be only allowed to have only 150 spectators present for the mouth-watering battle. But he  read more→

Harrogate boss unimpressed with NCEL restart

Harrogate Railway manager Mick O’Connell is unimpressed with the Toolstation NCEL’s decision to restart the season earlier than originally advertised.  The NCEL were hoping to get the league back underway in January and most clubs had written December off.  However, the surprise announcement of spectators being allowed into grounds in Tier 3 areas led to  read more→

Hilton slams NPL over botched restart debacle

Stocksbridge Park Steels manager Chris Hilton has slammed the Northern Premier League over their botched attempt to restart the season. The NPL announced at the beginning of last week that the campaign would remain on hold and be looked again after the Government’s review of the Tier allocations on December 16th. However, the following day  read more→

Lockdown stopped the rhythm – Worsbrough boss Forgione

Keeping his players motivated is the hardest part of the job for Worsbrough Bridge manager Luke Forgione during the uncertain times caused by the pandemic. Managers across the Non League circuit are finding leading their clubs extremely tough due to lack of clarity of whether leagues will restart in some regions or if fixtures will  read more→

Chris Spinks’ Non League Journey

He knew where the net was. That’s what sums up Chris Spinks’ Non League career. Spinks grew like a carrot during his Westella stint and evolved into a very scrumptious NCEL striker. His goals record with Westella and Hall Road Rangers in just a few seasons is up there with the best. He’s also a  read more→