Getting to know: Old Centralians AFC

One of Leeds oldest clubs going in a brand new direction?

Old Centralians AFC one of the oldest clubs in Leeds and the club based out of West Park is set to go in a completely new direction.

The appointment of a new young dynamic committee, has seen the club attempt to establish links to junior football. Gaining players taking steps into adult football may reveal a gem or two to help Centralians achieve their ultimate goal of the first team getting promoted.

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Thanks to the new committee Centralians are set to reveal plans to run a u21/Academy team in the 2019/20 season, this new team alongside the three teams that the club already runs is vital to what the club prides itself on and that is “offering football for all abilities and people of all backgrounds”.

A new receipient of FA’s Charter Standard award, the club now boasts a full roster of FA qualified coaches at all of their teams and will training sessions currently being free as the club look for new players.

Having two players make roughly 1000 appearences for a club at any level in football is something that you dont really see, however Old Centralians have two such players in Brian Peel and record appearence maker Kev Knowles. As a club very proud of their history, maybe a new veterans team is on the horizon?

 

Getting to know: Wakefield United

Newly Formed Wakefield United are a team with a big difference.

As a member of the media team, it only seems fair that the first club I post about on my new website is the newly formed Wakefield United.

Which is the biggest city in the UK to have never had a football league club? The answer, Wakefield. Historically a ‘rugby town’, Wakefield has never had much success with the round ball compared to the egg-shaped one.

Formed in December of 2018, Wakefield United is a team with a difference compared to your usual football club. The ethos that the club is built around is that it aims to “provide free football to all refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to Wakefield”, with British players also welcomed, the club aims to bring a real sense of community to the area and have integration of people from all walks of life.

Perhaps what has really brought this club into the spotlight currently, is that Wakefield band ‘The Cribs’ are now key sponsors of the kit. This has seen the club yet to kick a ball garner attention from national news outlets.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for the club so far has been to find a suitable venue to train and play, with a lot of hope being placed in the proposed Wakefield Community Stadium.

The formation of the club has been complicated for founder Matt Thomas, however, a strong social media presence has brought together volunteers from across the country to help in the project.

 

The State of Non-League.

Just how is ‘The Beautiful Game’ getting on outside of the football league?

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.