Kelsey named Athersley boss

Shane Kelsey will take charge of Athersley Rec when the season resumes after being appointed as their new manager. Kelsey is the permanent replacement for Graham Nicholas who left after the first game of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division season. Pete Goodlad will be concentrating on his role as general manager. Kelsey, the former Garforth  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→

NCEL promotion races take latest twists

Knaresborough Town’s superb 3-0 beating of Toolstation NCEL Premier Division leaders Staveley Miners Welfare provided the latest twist in the top flight, while Winterton Rangers took control of the top spot in Division One. First half goals from Dan Thirkell, Rob Youhill and Luke Robinson secured a brilliant victory for Paul Stansfield’s men. In Division  read more→

Talisman Bromley instantly revives Railway’s hopes

Returning talisman Steve Bromley instantly breathed new life into Harrogate Railway’s battle to avoid finishing in the bottom two by scoring the opener in the massive 3-1 victory over Ollerton Town. Railway are now seven points adrift of third bottom Worsbrough Bridge with 14 Toolstation NCEL Division One games to play. The victory was Mick  read more→

Owen and Ward score as Nostell end winless run

Youngster Liam Owen and striker Calum Ward got the goals as Nostell Miners Welfare ended their five-match winless with a 2-0 home win over Harrogate Railway. Owen, the former Ossett Town starlet, broke the deadlock in the first half of the only Toolstation NCEL Division One clash in ‘Town’. Railway’s chances had earlier been weakened  read more→

Popular Bromley returns to aid Railway’s fight

Popular striker Steve Bromley has returned to Harrogate Railway to boost their survival bid. Bromley heads back to Station View after nearly three years at Knaresborough Town who he helped win the Toolstation NCEL Division One title in 2018. He spent three years with Railway during his first spell and was a key member of  read more→

James and Nelson take Goole helm

Former top Non League striker Lutel James and Les Nelson have taken charge of Goole AFC. It is the pair’s first appointment on the NCEL stage. They are best known in the dugout for guiding Whitkirk Wanderers to promotion out of Division One of the West Yorkshire League and into the WYL Premier Division. James  read more→

Stewart’s double helps Church close the gap on leaders Staveley

Luke Stewart scored twice as Penistone Church took advantage of leaders Staveley Miners Welfare’s surprise slip-up by closing the gap to three points with the 3-1 win over Bottesford Town. But Staveley, who lost at Barton still have three Toolstation NCEL Premier Division games-in-hand and remain in the driving seat for the title. Ian Richards’  read more→