THE NON-LEAGUE RESTRUCTURE IS GOING AHEAD, HOW WILL IT WORK?

BY DARREN TINMOUTH: http://claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com Over the last two weeks, news came out that the FA council will finalise the ratification of a partial implementation of the planned restructure of the non-league pyramid. It means that for up to 110 of the best performing clubs at steps 5 to 7 over the last two seasons. Their effortsContinue reading “THE NON-LEAGUE RESTRUCTURE IS GOING AHEAD, HOW WILL IT WORK?”

Glenn Roeder (1955-2021) An Obituary

Credit and copyright of this image owned by West Ham United Football Club. Sunday February 28th saw the shock news of the death of former player and manager Glenn Roeder at the relatively young age of 65 after a long battle with a brain tumour that had stretched back as far as 2003. First, aContinue reading “Glenn Roeder (1955-2021) An Obituary”

The National League At Breaking Point

BY DARREN TINMOUTH: http://www.claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com For non-league fans, the last 11 months have been draining. The covid pandemic has wreaked havoc with not just last season (and the subsequent null and void saga) but also this one. Except this time, we have games postponed en-masse by clubs that are unwilling to play fixtures without further financial supportContinue reading “The National League At Breaking Point”

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?”

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”