It’s 5pm on a Saturday evening, your multiple pints down and the napkin from your half time burger is still in your pocket, in walks the captain of your local team who walkes straight up to the bar for a drink and you begin chatting about the game you’ve just spent your Saturday afternoon watching. This is non-league football. The complete opposite of the pro game.
The state of Non-League football as with everything will depend entirely on who you speak too, but one point everyone will agree on is that the ‘beautiful game’ outside the Football League needs more funding.
In an age where transfer fee’s are constantly rising, how is it that clubs even at the highest level of non-league are going bust or into administration over debt’s that the pro players earn in less than a week.
An example of this is Gateshead, who have been put up for sale for the massive fee of £1, this because their owner cant afford to pay off debts of £20,000. A club currently in the play-offs in the National League struggling to exist.
Despite clubs needing more funding, its not all negative news, attendances are rising across the board in amateur/semi-pro football as more and more people are becoming disenchanted by the big money game.
This ‘State of the Game’ piece is the first of many articles, club profiles and match reports that will be put on this blog, we look forward to sharing our journey with you all.