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→

16 defining NCEL League games of the decade involving Yorkshire sides

What a decade it has been for Toolstation NCEL football. Some big clubs have passed through, Farsley Celtic, Scarborough Athletic, Tadcaster Albion, Brighouse Town, Pontefract Collieries spring to mind. Four of those clubs are enjoying great success in the Northern Premier Division, while Farsley are riding high in the National North. We have delved into  read more→

Non League Yorkshire Team of the Decade

It has taken some deliberation, but we have finally have a Non League Yorkshire Team of the Decade, as well as manager. The Team is made up of players who we believe have consistently excelled in the Northern Premier League and Northern Counties East League whilst playing for Yorkshire clubs between 2010 and 2019. Team  read more→

Avenue need to look local and into the past

The 2018/19 season goes from bad to worse for Bradford (Park Avenue). Two 5-0 defeats started the campaign and led to the sacking of rookie manager Garry Thompson.  In came interim boss Marcus Law. Results improved initially, but have now deteriorated to the extent that they were embarrassingly annihilated 8-0 by Brackley Town – one  read more→