Soap stars and burst bubbles

A review of Steven Penny’s Soap stars and burst bubbles – available to buy on Amazon for £10.99. For fans of our Non League Journey interview series, Steven Penny’s Soap stars and burst bubbles book on the unforgettable 2002/03 season is a must buy. That’s the campaign which saw Paul Marshall’s Harrogate Railway remarkably reach  read more→

Tadcaster making great progress

Tadcaster Albion might well be dealing with yet another flooding of The Global Stadium, but while the weather has been dire, the recent performances on the field have been much more promising. The North Yorkshire outfit released a statement regarding the situation at their ground after the River Wharfe again burst its banks following the prolonged rainfall  read more→

NCEL Division One 2020/21 predictions

We’re pressing ahead with our previews for the new Toolstation Northern Counties East League season. Whether it actually starts or even finishes is a good question? It is certainly going to be the most chaotic and discombobulated season ever held.  First up is our ‘popular’ predictions for our Yorkshire clubs and Division One is our  read more→

Great Non League managers of the last 25 years

We have picked our personal top 13 Yorkshire-based Non League managers of the last 25 years (in alphabetical order). Like previous lists, these are personal choices, it is not a definitive list. You may have different views. Neil Aspin  When Neil Aspin was appointed manager of Port Vale in 2017, the Football League calling was  read more→

Great Non League Football Matches

Through reminiscing I have picked my favourite Non League football matches that I have attended in the last 20 years. Again, it is a personal list (in no particular order), not a definitive list. Torquay United 0-1 Farsley Celtic (5th April 2008) This was to prove Farsley’s final win in the Conference National, but arguably  read more→

My Greatest Non League Eleven

This is not a definitive Greatest Non League X1. This is my own personal greatest team from watching Non League football through Bradford (Park Avenue), Farsley Celtic and then as a neutral spectator through Non League Yorkshire from 2013. Goalkeeper: Tom Morgan (Farsley Celtic, Tadcaster Albion, plus a few more) Having forgiven Morgs for his  read more→

Non League Football: Looking back and forward

A surprise phone-call to my dad on Thursday night from Allen Bethel, the former Stocksbridge Park Steels chairman, stirred up loads of memories.  Allen hadn’t spoken to my dad for a couple of years, but their relationship goes right back to the 1980s when Allen worked for British Steel and my dad was employed by  read more→

Leeds United’s Rolls-Royce: Paul Madeley and Farsley Celtic

“The day I signed Paul Madeley was one of the best day’s work I ever did for Leeds United. Paul was as much responsible for the successes over the years as anyone else was.” That was Don Revie summing up his Rolls-Royce’s contribution to the greatest period of Leeds history. Madeley made over 700 appearances  read more→