Non-League day is an annual event that promotes semi-pro and grassroots football in England. This year it was today September 7th. The hashtag #NonLeagueDay has been trending on twitter for the last 24 hours so everyone must have heard or had some insight as to what its about. As its the international break the top 2 divisions (premier league & Championship) dont have games, so its the ideal opportunity for fans of the big clubs to get down to their local Non-League club and support the day.
A quick search on twitter afterwards shows that the day was a big success. Plenty of fans using the hashtag to show their support and what games they attended. If only there didn’t have to be a national day for people to actually go along. Now i’m actually new to the Non-League scene, so im a fine one to talk. But the regulars on twitter and regular match going fans may have come across another hashtag. #AMF Against Modern Football. This is fans showing their disgust at rip-off prices for following their team. £100 for Arsenal says one, £82 for Spurs says another.
Most people, myself included have decided, enoughs enough. So instead of waiting till Non-League day 2014, make it a regular occurance. If your teams away and you dont go. Pop along to the local team. Im sure they’d appreciate your support alot more than you’d think.
So, on to the main event. Which game did i attend?
Stockport Sports V Atherton Colleries
An entertaining FA Vase 1st round game, Stockport Sports is a bit of a weird one. Formerly Woodley Sports the club renamed itself last year (2012). They play at the Stockport Sports Village on a brand new 3G pitch on the spot where the old Woodley Pitch used to be. Nice facilities here, nice seated stand where the boardroom sits proudly above. A small seated stand behind one of the goals and a bar area overlooking the action, which would be perfect in the upcoming winter months. From what i could gather theres been some changes around the Stockport camp in the past few weeks. Players coming and going and a new management structure. Anyway this didnt stop the hosts romping to a 5-0 victory against a side from a lower division. Stockport took the lead on 15 minutes from a james Mcshane penalty. A weird one all round as a few people were bemused as to what it was for. Anyway James Mcshane cooly slotted the ball Past the keeper to put the Saxons 1-0 up. Stockport were always in control of this game and on 34 minutes new signing Steve Foster scored the 1st of 3 with a header from a well taken corner. That saw the saxons going in 2-0 at the break. We didnt have to wait long in the 2nd half for the saxons to add to their advantage. Great work down the right saw James Mcshane turn provider and put in a wonderful cross that newboy Foster got on the end of and cooly slammed home past the keeper. 3-0 saxons and cruising, when old boy Dave Chadwick got on the end of a cross and headed home to make it 4-0. The Atherton defender did well trying to clear off the line but the linesman in a great position ruled it to have crossed. The 5th Stockport goal came about from great work by young Jacob Warzycha on for Mcshane, he closed down the keeper and then cut the ball back for Debutant and captain Steve Foster to slot home for his Hat-trick. The last few minutes saw another Stockport sub Jack Balmforth sent off for 2 yellow cards. Both of which were debateable decisions and left a few people as bemused as the opening penalty.
Overall an entertaining game and definitly a place to go back too. £5 admission and a decent programme for £1.50
*disclaimer* apologies if any names are wrong but i got them from Stockports official twitter feed. @StockportFC2012