“The reason why the Football League clubs don’t publicise the local non-league scene is simply because of fear. A fear that stems from the belief that once "their" supporters taste the non-league football scene, they’ll stay there and won’t return to highly inflated admission prices, pampered celebrity, front page tabloid footballers, because what they see at non league is honest football, played for little or no financial rewards. You can stand, have a drink in the clubhouse, smoke on the terraces, things that the working class supporter has done for years at football grounds up and down the country on a Saturday afternoon from 3.00pm onwards”—Football fan called “Clank” quoted on the wonderful non-league & grass roots football photography blog No Clash of Colours check it out
Let Arthur Wharton come back from the dead
To see the man in black blow the final whistle.
Let the game of two halves be beautiful,
Not years ahead. Let every kissing of the badge,
Every cultured pass, every lad and lass,
Every uttered thought, every chant and rant,
Every strip and stripe – be free of it.
Then football would have truly played a blinder,
And Arthur returned to something kinder.
Let the man in black call time on racism.
And Arthur will sing out on the wings,
Our presiding spirit – the first black blade.
Imagine having everything to play for.
This is our pitch. Now hear us roar.
Following on from the success of the last two Non League Day events it will again take place this season and is all set for 13th October 2012. Here’s a round up of non league action taking place in and around the Sheffield and South Yorkshire area on the day. For info on fixtures throughout England and to find your nearest game visit the Non League Day website.
Here’s Red Star Belgrade for starters. You can find more football clubs that play in red and white stripes over on a side tumblr I’ve set up. It’s called .. wait for it .. Red and White Stripes so pop on over and have a butchers. It’s a work in progress so give it a follow as more clubs are added over the coming days and weeks. Cheers.
“When Benfica played our troops turned the speakers with the radio commentary towards the woods and this way we were never attacked. War stopped in those moments because even the MPLA (People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola) liked Benfica. It was weird because it didn’t make any sense being at war against people who shared the same club.”—
The novelist António Lobo Antunes recalls the Portuguese colonial wars in Angola and the cruel absurdity of colonial repression through the lens of football. (Taken from the article “The Flight of the Eagles” by Luis Catarino, appearing in “The Blizzard”, Issue 6)