NLY’s top 15 moments of 2017

When you sit down and reflect, 2017 has been a very successful year for Non League football in Yorkshire. More clubs than normal have won promotion, won silverware and for the first time since NLY was launched, a Yorkshire club from below the National League has reached the FA Cup first round. Now regular readers  read more→

Should Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s loan spell at York City have been extended?

⚽️ training #lufc #mot pic.twitter.com/6qOQZwaCtm — B Peacock-Farrell (@bailey_pf) December 6, 2017 Bailey Peacock-Farrell is a hugely promising and talented young goalkeeper, but the 21-year-old’s path at Leeds United is pretty much blocked. The youngster has made only one appearance in the Championship so far in his career, and that was back in April 2016.  read more→

Craig Elliott deserves Boston chance

Craig Elliott’s appointment as the new Boston United manager should not have been a total surprise. His managerial record with Shaw Lane AFC, Ossett Town and Glasshoughton Welfare, plus Kellingley in the West Yorkshire League, is phenomenal. He has done a magnificent job with each one and thoroughly deserves his chance at a major Non  read more→

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→