FANS ALLOWED TO RETURN, BUT IS IT TOO RISKY?

By Darren Tinmouth: https://claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com Since the beginning of November when the latest national lockdown was initiated, clubs at Steps 3 and below in the non-league pyramid (albeit with the exception of 10 clubs that partook in the FA Cup first round proper) were forced to shut down almost all aspects of why they exist, notContinue reading “FANS ALLOWED TO RETURN, BUT IS IT TOO RISKY?”

TIER THREE, NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL’S LATEST PROBLEM

By Darren Tinmouth: https://claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com Throughout this lockdown, fans across all levels of the game have been eagerly anticipating one date, December 2nd. That is the date that PM Boris Johnson has continually insisted the UK will exit the second Covid-19 lockdown that has lasted throughout the month of November. As far as non-league is concerned, thisContinue reading “TIER THREE, NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL’S LATEST PROBLEM”

The National League And The 10 Million Pound Question

It was barely a month ago when the National League put to bed the rumours of financial instability brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic with the announcement of a 3 month bailout package secured with the National Lottery Basically, the National League and National League’s North & South are classed amongst football’s ‘elite levels’, thereforeContinue reading “The National League And The 10 Million Pound Question”

FEARING FOR THE FUTURE OF THE PYRAMID IN LOCKDOWN TWO

It’s been a tough few days to take. Both from a personal interest and a personal life standpoint, whether it’s the likelihood of not being able to partake in ones favourite social past-time or the sad loss of my 19-year-old family dog, it’s definitely been the whirlwind of emotions. However, it’s the former I’d likeContinue reading “FEARING FOR THE FUTURE OF THE PYRAMID IN LOCKDOWN TWO”

FA CUP QUALIFYING – WHERE ITS TRUE MAGIC LIES

By Darren Tinmouth, (@Dazzla84_SSFC), http://www.claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com Speak to most Premier League fans (especially those that support what are known as ‘the big six’) and you’ll hear many not so welcome opinions about the world football’s oldest and grandest domestic knockout tournament. Infact you would hear some derisory cries from some fans as it acts as aContinue reading “FA CUP QUALIFYING – WHERE ITS TRUE MAGIC LIES”

THE BIG FOOTBALL POWER-GRAB OF THE CENTURY, A NON-LEAGUE FAN’S TAKE?

By Darren Tinmouth, (@Dazzla84_SSFC), http://www.claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com We have reached the nadir. The point where England’s biggest clubs (otherwise known as the ‘big six’) are seeing a chance to flex their muscles and use their status to bring about changes that could ultimately change football in Britain forever, at least in my opinion. On Sunday (October 11th),Continue reading “THE BIG FOOTBALL POWER-GRAB OF THE CENTURY, A NON-LEAGUE FAN’S TAKE?”

PREMIER LEAGUE PAY-PER-VIEW, IS IT THE FUTURE?

By Darren Tinmouth, (@Dazzla84_SSFC) http://www.claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Football CFB founder Callum McFadden joined some of my South Shields FC cohorts on an episode of the Mariners Podcast. In that episode, show regular Ronnie Peet made a prediction that the Premier League may want to use the covid pandemic to attemptContinue reading “PREMIER LEAGUE PAY-PER-VIEW, IS IT THE FUTURE?”

PLAY OR NO PLAY? STEP 2’s BIG QUANDRY

The last two weeks in non-league has seen one massive question hanging over the league season at non-league level and this came to a climax earlier this week when it was announced that the Government would provide financial support to the National League’s 63 member clubs. Effectively, this is a Government bailout which will allowContinue reading “PLAY OR NO PLAY? STEP 2’s BIG QUANDRY”

The Northern League and the FA Vase, why the unprecedented domination?

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, this weekend sees the beginning of arguably the worlds biggest and most prestigious amateur/semi-professional football competition, the FA Vase. It is a continuation of what was the FA Amateur Cup which was first contested in 1893 all the way until 1974 when the advent of semi-professionalism in the lower levels ofContinue reading “The Northern League and the FA Vase, why the unprecedented domination?”

SEASON PREVIEW: THE NPL PREMIER DIVISION 2020/21

BY Darren Tinmouth, claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com Welcome to the Northern Premier League, Premier Division, arguably English non-league football’s biggest bottleneck, especially if summer transfer business is anything to go by. The division is choc-full of clubs with big fanbases and potential to be competitive at National League North level, the division up from this and it allContinue reading “SEASON PREVIEW: THE NPL PREMIER DIVISION 2020/21”

The South Shields Academy, North East Football’s Hidden Success Story

BY DARREN TINMOUTH: claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com The North East of England was once a hotbed for shipbuilding and coal mining, a huge cog in the UK’s Industrial Revolution in Victorian times. Its also a region that can be considered one of the most passionate in the country when it comes to Football, a side effect of theContinue reading “The South Shields Academy, North East Football’s Hidden Success Story”