Yorkshire NCEL Div 1 team of the year

The best Toolstation NCEL Division One promotion race in recent memory concluded with a thrilling final day yesterday. Hall Road Rangers clinched the title, with Pontefract Collieries grabbing the runners-up spot. AFC Emley, Grimsby Borough, Hallam and Penistone Church will fight it out in the play-offs. Out of the top six, a number of other  read more→

Yorkshire NCEL Prem team of the year

It wasn’t to be for our Yorkshire teams in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division teams this year.  FA Vase heroes Cleethorpes were by far the best team in the Division and deservedly won the league. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been a great year for Yorkshire though. There has been fantastic campaigns for Athersley Rec,  read more→

Management is not as easy as it looks

Management is not easy by any stretch. That’s what I have found out from managing two fundraising matches in the last three months. My record may read two wins from two, but there’s far more to it than turning up on a match-day. Considering how stressful it was getting a team together for both matches,  read more→

Straight to penalties for League Cup?

You had to feel for Harrogate Railway and Ollerton Town this week after their epic Toolstation NCEL League Cup. When Ollerton arrived at 7.45pm because of traffic on the A1, meaning the game did not kick off until 8.20pm, those present must have thought it was predictably going to go to extra-time. Railway eventually won  read more→

Tough response needed by the FA

Just 20 minutes into the new season. That is all it took for the FA’s clampdown on poor behaviour towards match officials to get off to a bad start. Non League Football is meant to be a family sport and that idea went out of the window when Runcorn Linnets turned up at Hemsworth Miners  read more→

Zero tolerance is the right approach

The news that the FA, Premier League and Football League are clamping down on “intolerable behaviour” is long overdue. The level of swearing and intimidation towards match officials from players and coaches at all levels reached an unacceptable level a long time go, but the leading authorities have failed to act, until now. The news  read more→

The end for match day programmes?

Match-day programmes were once the essential item for football supporters, for some they still are. But, for anyone involved in the semi-professional game though, it can be the bane of their lives. By league rules, clubs have no choice, they have to publish one, but many club officials will be able to testify that the  read more→

Yorkshire NCEL Div One team of the year

The exciting Toolstation NCEL Division One season after a brilliant promotion race which also included the bonus of the inaugural play-offs system. Hemsworth Miners Welfare were the only Yorkshire-based promotion winner, but the likes of AFC Emley, Penistone Church, Hallam and Knaresborough Town made good fists of it. Every year we bring you our NCEL  read more→

Yorkshire NCEL Prem team of the year

The long and exhausting Toolstation NCEL Premier Division season is finally over after a brilliant race for top spot between Tadcaster Albion and Handsworth Parramore. The pair were head and shoulders above the rest, shown in their points tallies of 98 and 94. Every year we bring you our NCEL Premier Division team of the  read more→

Division One North team of the year

Unfortunately no Yorkshire team have enjoyed league success this season in Evo Stik Division One North. Scarborough looked certainties for the title in August, but their season took an unexpected slide. Ossett Albion climbed as high as third at one point and went onto finish in their highest position for years. Farsley Celtic’s poor start  read more→