Category Archives: Non-League Zone

Loyal Supporters – Vanarama North South & Non League 500 plus crowd pullers

Bristol Rovers, Stockport County and FC United of Manchester, Maidstone United, Dulwich Hamlet  or the 883 die-harder Weymouth Fans in The Calor Premier League, arguably have the credentials to be the loyalist fans in Football.  STMI and Football Bingo bring you the The Vanarama Conference North and South Home crowds plus the 59 clubs who are managing to average over 500 per home game in the Non-League and grass roots end of English football.  Hats off we applaud you and sincerely hope our Football Bingo and Football Buster  games are helping out!

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Conference North and South Average home attendances up to and including 13th September show a substantial North/South divide. Stockport, Barrow, Boston and Chorley beat top South side Ebbsfleet into fifth and Bromley sixth.  As Champions of non-League Football and grass roots fundraising initiatives Football Bingo feel every fan deserves a pat on the back.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWe will let you draw your own conclusions on the state of the non-League with first the  North & South Table and then the non-league clubs averaging over 500.

 

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Club League Pos Ave Club League Pos Ave
Stockport County 5 2410 Ebbsfleet United FC 8 958
Barrow 2 1520 Bromley 2 860
Boston United 6 1147 Chelmsford City 19 653
Chorley 4 996 Wealdstone 21 644
Tamworth 20 760 Eastbourne Borough 7 558
Lowestoft Town 10 697 Havant & Waterlooville 4 541
Stalybridge Celtic 14 681 Gosport Borough 16 531
Hednesford Town 13 621 St Albans City 9 523
Guiseley 7 516 Sutton United 6 522
Worcester City 11 514 Hemel Hempstead T 14 512
Leamington 9 501 Bath City 20 481
Gloucester City 19 493 Maidenhead United 11 477
Harrogate Town 18 480 Basingstoke Town 5 465
Bradford Park Avenue 17 406 Bishops Stortford 17 438
North Ferriby United 8 378 Farnborough 15 392
Solihull Moors 16 369 Weston Super Mare 12 291
Gainsborough Trinity 15 367 Staines Town 18 282
AFC Fylde 1 363 Hayes & Yeading United 13 273
Hyde 22 324 Concord Rangers 10 258
Colwyn Bay 12 314 Boreham Wood 1 240
Oxford City 3 282 Whitehawk 3 210
Brackley Town 21 271

 

The top 59 supported non-league clubs

(massive thanks to the Linnets for some of the  Stats)

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Pos The Chosen Ones Ave  So far Ave 13-14 League Up or Down in %
1 Bristol Rovers 5736 6421 Vanarama Premier -10.67
2 Grimsby Town 3592 3568 Vanarama Premier 0.67
3 Wrexham 3477 2993 Vanarama Premier 16.17
4 Lincoln City 3069 2354 Vanarama Premier 30.37
5 Stockport County 2410 2571 Conference North -6.26
6 Aldershot Town 2406 1947 Vanarama Premier 23.57
7 Chester 2395 2366 Vanarama Premier 1.23
8 Kidderminster Harriers 2056 2035 Vanarama Premier 1.03
9 Torquay United 2051 2642 Vanarama Premier -22.37
10 FC United of Manchester 1881 1922 Evo-stik North Premier -2.13
11 FC Halifax Town 1752 1597 Vanarama Premier 9.71
12 Barnet 1744 1705 Vanarama Premier 2.29
13 Forest Green Rovers 1645 1195 Vanarama Premier 37.66
14 Woking 1624 1615 Vanarama Premier 0.56
15 Maidstone United 1577 1821 Ryman League Premier -13.4
16 AFC Telford Utd (P) 1540 1688 Vanarama Premier -8.77
17 Barrow 1520 736 Conference North 106.52
18 Gateshead 1423 886 Vanarama Premier 60.61
19 Macclesfield Town 1377 1512 Vanarama Premier -8.93
20 Eastleigh (P) 1314 680 Vanarama Premier 93.24
21 Altrincham (P) 1213 863 Vanarama Premier 40.56
22 Boston United 1147 1088 Conference North 5.42
23 Dartford 1113 1251 Vanarama Premier -11.03
24 Dulwich Hamlet 1110 667 Ryman League Premier 66.42
25 Spennymoor Town (P) 1035 430 Evo-stik North Div 1N 140.7
26 Darlington 1883 1029 1097 Evo-stik North Div 1N -6.2
27 Chorley (P) 996 949 Conference North 4.95
28 Ebbsfleet United FC 958 909 Conference South 5.39
29 Dover Athletic (P) 944 665 Vanarama Premier 41.95
30 Braintree Town 923 994 Vanarama Premier -7.14
31 Southport 923 1033 Vanarama Premier -10.65
32 Weymouth 883 523 Calor League Premier 68.83
33 Bromley 860 629 Conference South 36.72
34 Nuneaton Town 833 1209 Conference Premier -31.1
35 Guernsey 822 986 Ryman League Division 1 S -16.63
36 Tamworth (R) 760 978 Conference North -22.29
37 Lowestoft Town (P) 697 515 Conference North 35.34
38 Stalybridge Celtic 681 436 Conference North 56.19
39 Margate 675 325 Ryman League Premier 107.69
40 Chelmsford City 653 620 Conference South 5.32
41 Wealdstone (P) 644 680 Conference South -5.29
42 Alfreton Town 639 805 Vanarama Premier -20.62
43 Kettering Town 628 624 Calor League Central Div 0.64
44 Hednesford Town 621 622 Conference North -0.16
45 Tonbridge Angels (R) 574 422 Ryman League Premier 36.02
46 Welling United 563 811 Vanarama Premier -30.58
47 Eastbourne Borough 558 545 Conference South 2.39
48 Hereford United (R) 554 1758 Calor League Premier -68.49
49 Havant & Waterlooville 541 551 Conference South -1.81
50 Gosport Borough 531 444 Conference South 19.59
51 Stafford Rangers (R) 531 385 Evo-stik North Div 1S 37.92
52 St Albans City (P) 523 515 Conference South 1.55
53 Sutton United 522 644 Conference South -18.94
54 Guiseley 516 494 Conference North 4.45
55 Worcester City 514 519 Conference North -0.96
56 Hemel Hempstead T (P) 512 548 Conference South -6.57
57 Blyth Spartans 505 360 Evo-stik North Premier 40.28
58 Kings Lynn Town 502 607 Evo-stik North Premier -17.3
59 Leamington 501 624 Conference North -19.71
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STMI Ground Guide – Vanarama Conference Premier, North & South Stadiums

The Vanarama Conference Premier  Conference North and South ground guide is a must if you have been drawn at Wrexham FC , Barnet FC,  Bristol Rovers,  Chester FC, FC Halifax, the Mighty Imps or any other ‘biggie in the FA Trophy.  And there are some stadiums in our green and pleasant non-league land I can tell you. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say, then again you can have beer and will always find good cheer. Off to a game today then check the ground out

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This is the page for you, the loyalist fans in football to bookmark. The away fans ground guide is a life saving bible when its time to put the tea cosy on the hip flask or Satnav / tablet.  Its a tough winter for die-hard away fans planning to travel to a game at the weekend, or a freezing Tuesday. But help is at hand is at hand for the hardy, should that be foolhardy having done about 60 league grounds myself plus never quite too many non-league ones as well.  Fear not there will be no more ‘well you should have bought your own flask you silly man – where do think this is the Ritz of London’.  Indeed a customer service and kindness to fellow man double award is still due there, although as a Gentleman who plays life with a straight bat you don’t look back in anger.

Fear not together with places of interest  each ground guide is full of facts about the stadium, disabled facilities and the transport links and details for Mr & Mrs SATNAV to ensure that you get there with time to spare to take in the views and the ambience. The following guide in association with Duncan Evans includes ticket prices, where to eat & drink, pictures and ground layout plus reviews from away supporters.  There is even a little bit about the club’s fanzines, programme, traditional rivalries and crowd stats to give you an idea of how loud you will need to shout to be heard.

 

Again a massive thanks to Duncan Evans, his football ground guide thoroughly deserves the views.

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Conference Premier

AFC Telford United

Aldershot Town

Alfreton Town

Altrincham

Barnet

Braintree Town

Bristol Rovers

Chester

Dartford

Dover Athletic

Eastleigh

Forest Green Rovers

Gateshead

Grimsby Town

Halifax Town

Kidderminster Harriers

Lincoln City

Macclesfield Town

Nuneaton Town

Southport

Torquay United

Welling United

Woking

Wrexham

 

Conference North

Again a massive thanks to Duncan Evans, his football ground guide thoroughly deserves the views.

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AFC Fylde

Barrow AFC

Boston United

Brackley Town

Bradford Park Avenue

Chorley

Colwyn Bay

Gainsborough Trinity

Gloucester City (ground sharing with Cheltenham Town)

Guiseley

Harrogate Town

Hednesford Town

Hyde

Leamington

Lowestoft Town

North Ferriby United

Oxford City

Solihull Moors

Stalybridge Celtic

Stockport County

Tamworth


Worcester City (ground sharing with Kidderminster Harriers)

 

Conference South

Again a massive thanks to Duncan Evans, his football ground guide thoroughly deserves the views.

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Basingstoke Town

Bath City

Bishop’s Stortford

Boreham Wood

Bromley

Chelmsford City

Concord Rangers

Eastbourne Borough

Ebbsfleet United

Farnborough

Gosport Borough

Havant and Waterlooville

Hayes & Yeading (ground sharing with Maidenhead United)

Hemel Hempstead Town

Maidenhead United

St Albans City

Staines Town

Sutton United

Wealdstone

Weston-Super-Mare

Whitehawk

Matt Hamshaw Becomes A Gladiator After Bantams Snub

After a promising trial at Bradford City fell through, former Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport County,  Mansfield Town, Notts County and Macc Town play-maker Matt Hamshaw joined Matlock town yesterday (big thanks to the Gladiators forum for breaking the news HERE).  Having seen him at Macc, in L2, 18 months ago, they will be getting the sort of footballer who makes turnstiles click.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs, 

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His fantastic solo effort for the Owls in a 4-0 Worthington Cup quarter final over Watford (HERE), is just one in a series of goal of the season contenders for cultured winger and play maker who oozes quality. Hamshaw learned his trade and trickery from Chris Waddle and has traditionally been a right-winger or midfielder, but now 30, he is finding that he can thankfully do the first 5 yards in his head.   His set-piece delivery is exceptional and on his day he is worth the gate money on his own. He was an integral part of  a Macc side that were just 6 points off the play-offs prior to 7 player sales and an injury list that would overstretch Florence Nightingale in her prime.  Were it not for injury he would have made the England U20 side, having featured nationally at schoolboy levels and of course the championship with Wednesday.

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 The Gladiators are managed by Mark Atkins, former caretaker manager of Doncaster Rovers and Shrewsbury Town. The former midfielder spent a large proportion of his career at Blackburn and  Wolves before hanging up his boots at Harrogate managed and owned ex-Imp Simon Weaver and his dad Irving. The rumours over the summer suggested he was open to offers from local clubs, but Bradford’s trial  out-priced any Imps interest.  Now a family man he was relishing the chance of a rest and more time with his wife and daughter.  Matt has made a good living from the game, so a drop into the NPL Premier Division will give him the best of both worlds and prolong his career.
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Matthew Thomas Hamshaw
DATE OF BIRTH 1 January 1982 (age 30)
PLACE OF BIRTH Rotherham,
HEIGHT 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 6lb (72.56kg)
POSITION: CENTRAL / LEFT MIDFIELD
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Sheffield Wednesday 85 (6)
2005–2006 Stockport County 43 (5)
2006–2008 Mansfield Town 94 (7)
2008–2010 Notts County 69 (3)
2010–2012 Macclesfield Town 75 (5)

Parkgate 2-3 Staveley Lady Luck & Decisions Seal ‘Gate’s Fates

We popped down to see former Macclesfield, Boston and current assistant manager Gary Simpson,  for the visit of mighty Staveley – the League’s  money club. They gave the duo and in particular Parkgate manager Doug Shelley,  a little bit more than normal to contend with. The Steelmen’s had to make a last ditch trip for their ‘lucky unbeaten kit’, but in truth lady luck and the officials intervened to deny them the win they seemed on course for, after Nathan Forbes-Swindells  had made it 2-0 and 11 goals in 8.

For the benefit of those visiting the site for the first time, first a brief bio, next the teams & schemes, then the match report, a comment from Gary Simpson about the Imps and finally more stats than you can shake a Steelman or Miner at.  Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

Parkgate gaffer,Doug Shelley, is one of those up and coming non-League managers who uses persuasion and contacts in the absence of the money most lorded League managers take for granted.  He is quick to praise Gary Simpson (Macc & Posh) for the professionalism he has added to the tactical and training side of his apprenticeship, but this has been a learning curve that many have to make.  Having won the lot in the Meadowhall Sunday League (divisions and respective cups) he was given an opportunity at Parkgate. The previous manager had walked with the entire team to Handsworth, so he had to cobble together that first side which finished second.  The following season saw 3rd place before much of the side was again pillaged. Last season saw a creditable 7th and he was able to retain and build on that side with the signings of  11 in 8 Nathan Forbes-Swindells and Ash Jackson. Prior to today’s game the Steelmen were top having won six, drawn won and lost none. With a great bunch of lads who play for just expenses and pride, his side  appears to be looking to thrive as opposed to just survive.

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Parkgate FC v Staveley MW

Saturday 11th August

Scorers

Lipka 3 Forbes-Swindells 46, Thornton 57, Brisset 69, Damms 87

Att 177

The Teams & Schemes

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Parkgate

4-2-3-1

*****

Dewbury

Johnson Senior  Jordan   Jackson

Lipka     Patterson(2Y)

Hanity      Fletcher (Y)      Forbes

Wood

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Staveley 4-4-2

Tollerfield

McGory   Collover   Fox   Fowcus

Bettany   Eagers   Jackson   Thornton (Y)

Damms    Hawthorm

*****

But To the game footy fans to the game

The Steelmen were buoyed by the arrival of their lucky kit and almost double the normal attendance.  A healthy 177 including a healthy scattering of Millers shirts, plus 3 three canny chaps peering from behind their garden fences, sat either in the stand behind the goal or stood on the traditional old grassy terraced mound that runs behind the dugouts.  Right back Johnson welcomed Staveley left winger Thornton with a shuddering challenge.  Keeper Dewbury punched the free-kick emphatically away to show they take no prisoners in this League.  That is not to say there is any shortage of skill in this side as a 4-2-3-1 formation set out to play the ball about. A sublime thiry-yard ball from Senior found Forbes-Swindells, who controlled superbly, cut inside his man and fed Lipka, who hammered a howitzer into the top right from the edge of the box.

Another probing thirty-five yard peel from cultured centre-half & Captain, Senior, found Wood but his shot was blocked Collover. A Staveley free-kick was inches away from the head of Thornton, diving in at the far post. The passing and distribution of Parkgate’s Patterson, in a play-making holding midfield role with goalscorer Lipka, was setting the tone of the game. Both centre-backs in behind are also keen to get the ball down and pass their way out of trouble.  This and good communication allows the three more advanced midfielders to get up and feed off Wood who leads the line.  The Staveley keeper pounced on the ball to end one 8 pass sweeping move.

Staveley’s Hawthorn beat two to feed McGory who went down too easily to get a penalty. In truth it was about the only decision Parkgate would get from the officials today. The Staveley midfield quartet were beginning to work out the Parkgate 2 and 3, but Patterson, Lipka or full-backs Johnson and Jackson were alert to the dangers and eager to build a counter.  The Booking of Thornton for a foul on Patterson would pave the way for a change in the fate of the game later on.

Second Half

A glorious opening caused many to spill the half-time tea and cuppa soups. An incisive ball from Jordan out of defence found Nathan Forbes-Swindells on the left, 50 yards from goal. He looks every inch a goal machine this lad, leaving two in his wake he got to the corner of the box cut inside and crashed a curling effort into the top corner. The Steelmen were cruising.  A 12 man cross-field move saw full-back Jackson shoot wide. Patterson was then booked for a return challenge on Thornton. With Simmo screaming for the wall to be formed, panto villain, Thornton fizzed one back through the gap.

In search of a decisive third, Lang came on for Wood just before Patterson saw a second yellow for handball. Not only was it ball to hand but his arm was by his side, although, perhaps, he did have a little too much to say. Dewbury commandingly came for a cross and fed Lang who  was down the line in a flash. His cross was hoofed clear by Fox.  Nathan Forbes-Swindells then curled just wide from the edge of the box as the 10-men continued to make a game of it.

On 69 another free-kick saw the equaliser as Dewbury did a sack the juggler and Brisset finished with ease.  Fletcher was booked at the Steelmen continued to go forward. Forbes-Swindells beat four but his shot was blocked.  Staveley were exploiting the gaps and Dewbury made a fantastic full length save from Damms.  Thornton sent a seering excoset just over.  It was end to end stuff as Senior headed just over at one end,  whilst a Thornton cross at the other just needed a touch. Lang also hooked back to a somewhat empty six-yard box.

With just three minutes on the clock and a hard-fought draw looking the outcome, the Steelmen’s hearts were broken. Bettany played into the path of Damms who hit home a hay-maker from 25 yards.

Young and up and coming manager Doug Shelley was naturally in reflective mood.  ” At 2-0 we were cruising after a fantastic goal from on-fire Forbesie. But a sloppy freekick got them back in it as one of ours jumped & the others didn’t. I don’t think we got a decision today and the second yellow really put us up against it.  But the lads battled and you can’t ask for more from an honest hard-working and talented bunch with a team spirit second to none.  Its our first defeat of the season, we did enough to win a few games today and I think we will be there or thereabouts.

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Assistant manager Garry Simpson was his normal modest and cagey self when asked if he was looking at getting back into managagement and any possibility of a return to the Imps.

“We will have them in Wednesday for training, they are eager to learn, these lads and work are on the pitch and the training ground despite some very physical jobs some of them.  We’re building oaks from acorns here.  This is Doug’s side and he has kept this club running on and off the pitch. It was nice to see a few Millers shirts here today as well. Although we want them to talk maybe sometimes they are too eager to talk to the referees. That’s our job and I am gong to quiz to accessor now.”

But the Imps job Gary?

“That is not for me to say, David Holdsworth is in the job and trying his best to do what many in the game realise would be a long-term and challenging but rewarding turnaround there.  Lincoln have fantastic fans – the best in the business and they deserve success.”

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Parkgate FC v Staveley MW

Stats

*****

53% Ball  47%

9 Shots on 8

7 Misses 5

3 Saves 4

Corners 4

1 Offside 3

6 Fouls 9

*3 Yellows 1

*1 Reds 0

* 2 x Yellows = Red for Patterson

Pos Team Pd W D L W D L W D L F A GD Pts Adj
1. Parkgate FC 8 3 0 1 3 1 0 6 1 1 22 10 12 19 0
2. Worksop Parramore 9 3 1 1 3 0 1 6 1 2 30 22 8 19 0
3. Scarborough Athletic 9 4 2 0 1 1 1 5 3 1 25 15 10 18 0
4. Brighouse Town 8 4 0 0 1 2 1 5 2 1 18 9 9 17 0
5. Barton Town Old Boys 7 3 1 0 2 1 0 5 2 0 15 8 7 17 0
6. Long Eaton United 8 3 1 1 2 0 1 5 1 2 16 9 7 16 0
7. Bridlington Town 8 1 0 2 4 0 1 5 0 3 22 12 10 15 0
8. Retford United 7 3 0 2 1 1 0 4 1 2 10 6 4 13 0
9. Heanor Town 7 2 0 2 2 0 1 4 0 3 18 11 7 12 0
10. Thackley FC 8 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 2 14 16 -2 12 0
11. Staveley Miners Welfare 7 2 0 0 1 2 2 3 2 2 14 11 3 11 0
12. Liversedge FC 8 1 1 3 2 1 0 3 2 3 14 14 0 11 0
13. Hall Road Rangers 9 3 1 2 0 0 3 3 1 5 22 20 2 10 0
14. Tadcaster Albion 6 1 0 0 2 0 3 3 0 3 10 15 -5 9 0
15. Glasshoughton Welfare 8 0 1 1 2 1 3 2 2 4 10 13 -3 8 0
16. Armthorpe Welfare 9 0 1 3 2 1 2 2 2 5 15 24 -9 8 0
17. Pickering Town 6 1 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 3 13 10 3 7 0
18. Arnold Town 8 1 0 2 1 0 4 2 0 6 14 23 -9 6 0
19. Nostell Miners Welfare 8 1 2 3 0 0 2 1 2 5 8 19 -11 5 0
20. Winterton Rangers 8 0 1 2 1 0 4 1 1 6 5 18 -13 4 0
21. Maltby Main 6 0 0 3 1 0 2 1 0 5 7 10 -3 3 0
22. Lincoln Moorlands Railway 8 0 0 3 0 1 4 0 1 7 4 31 -27 1 0

Adj – refers to points adjustments, something rather common when you get to this level of football.