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→

NPL should publicly praise Pontefract

Pontefract Collieries got to Workington after an horrendous five-hour journey to Cumbria. The Collieries eventually lost 2-1 in the BetVictor North West clash which kicked off at 3.45pm. Jake Picton gave Pontefract late hope in the fixture. Pontefract had set off to Workington at 10am, but the three-hour journey took five because of a major  read more→

Who will win the NCEL Premier and Division One titles?

Choosing who will finish in the top ten of each Division has been hard enough so picking the actual winners is difficult. With more promotion places available in both Divisions, a vast number of teams have shelled out on top signings – making it harder for us so-called pundits to call. We’ve sure they will  read more→

NCEL Premier Division top ten predictions

A lot of top signings and three promotion spots make the 2019/20 Toolstation NCEL Premier Division season one to look forward to.  Non League Yorkshire has only predicted the top ten for the Division – in alphabetical order as it is too hard to decide where teams will actually finish! Bridlington Town Brett Agnew enjoyed  read more→

NCEL Division One top ten predictions

The new Toolstation NCEL Division One season promises to be one of the best ever. Not since 2007 have there been more than two promotion places. Teams can now have a sustained assault on winning promotion as there are four slots available. Non League Yorkshire expects ten clubs to be in the mix for the  read more→