Getting to Know: Coventry Sphinx FC

There’s nothing better than seeing young players coming through the ranks and appearing in the club first team, and by all accounts today’s club have developed somewhat of a reputation for doing just that.

Coventry Sphinx FC, the City’s highest ranked non-league club formed in 1946 as Armstrong Whitworth FC, competing in various works leagues in the area, before changing their name to Sphinx FC in the 1960’s. Then the 90’s hit, due to many factories etc closing, the club decided to leave the works leagues and instead join the football league pyramid, first entering into what was the known as the Midland Combination Football League.

Despite the clubs continued growth, just from looking at social media and the clubs website it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the lads and lasses from down at Sphinx Drive. They have lost important figures to the club along the way as we all have, but you can tell that the club goes about things the right way, honouring this that have helped them to where they are. Something that should be celebrated.

To the present day, The Sphinx sit 8th in the United Counties League Premier Division South and at the weekend compete in one of the biggest games in the clubs history, playing against London Lions for a place in the last 16 of the FA Vase.

Best of luck from us all here at Climbing The Ladder.

The most used tweet in the Northern League..

Newcastle Benfield Fc

If you follow the lads over at Newcastle Benfield on social media, there’s a massive chance you’ve seen this regularly this year.

At age 44, the clubs top scorer for the season Paul Brayson and former England C International is still ticking over, scoring goals across the country and i’m sure setting up a few aswell. The lad from Newcastle has had a long career that has seen him venture into the football league appearing at clubs such as Swansea, Reading and Cardiff, scoring goals wherever he’s been.

‘Brassy’ will be looking to lead the Lions into the first round proper of the FA Vase at the weekend, for what will be the clubs 11th season in a row reaching the stage of the competition.

Founded in 1988 as Brunswick Village, the club has undergone a number of name changes, as subtle as some of them are, before officially becoming Newcastle Benfield FC as late as 2007. The club originally competed in the Northern Alliance, before merging with North Shields Saint Colombus and joining the Northern League, staying in Division Two for one season to Division One where they remain till this day.

At the time of writing they sit mid-table in Division One and at the weekend are set to compete in Round One of the FA Vase, playing host to Golcar United down at Sam Smith’s Park, so from everyone here at Climbing The Ladder, best of luck to the lions.

“Officially the sunniest club in Scotland”.

Lots of claims are made across the football world, normally those usually refer to clubs being bigger, more successful or having better players than their rivals.

The club we have chosen to cover today however, caught our attention because of the absolutely huge claim they have made on Twitter, “Officially the sunniest club in Scotland”and they are Dunbar United.

Founded in 1924 and competing for the vast majority of their history as a Junior football club, The Seasiders have a long and storied history that has seen them pick up many pieces of silverware, including the Scottish Junior Cup in 1960/61.

In recent years though the club withdrew from Junior football and took the step into the Scottish Football League Pyramid, joining the East of Scotland Conference A, a quick promotion followed the year after but season interruptions has seen the club remain in the East Of Scotland Premier Division until the present.

Everyone we have spoken too, regarding the people and the club itself at Dunbar speaks very highly of the club. Even from a quick look at there social media including visits from recent groundhoppers, tells you that the club is well run and definitely worth a visit.

Finally, we aren’t going to argue that they aren’t the sunniest club in Scotland or even who made it official, we will leave that to other teams, but we will definitely be travelling up to a game this year if possible, the shorts, sunnies and sandals already packed.

Another story of City Vs United

Two hours north of Manchester, sits one of the most northern outposts in England, Carlisle.

Most people will know Carlisle United, Football League club for many years, currently sat in League Two. Slightly fewer people however will know about Carlisle City, most recently plying their trade in the Northern League Division Two.

Formed in 1975, The Sky Blues for most of their history competed in the Northern Football Alliance Premier Division before the club was promoted to the North West Counties Division One, this was only for brief time however as somewhat controversially and despite appeals, the club was moved sideways to the Northern League Division Two, due to the FA restructuring Non-League football.

It’s an exciting time down at Gilford Park, as City are attempting to go through what (correct me if i’m wrong!) would be there first hopefully uninterrupted season of Northern League football. This will see new faces and new teams make the journey to Carlisle.

With the addition of Carlisle to the Northern League, this means that both divisions now feature a Cumbrian team, a nice away day for all involved!

Being a Cumbrian lad myself, hopefully I will get down to Gilford Park for a game or two this season, and we’d just like to wish everyone at the Sky Blues all the best for this season.

Season Two: Episode 10 (The Finale)

A hit and miss final month with some nearly very costly draws in there. The draw against local rivals Morecambe was definitely a sickener as it could have cost us the league title. Luckily though, that point guaranteed us promotion and all we had to do on the final day thanks to our superior goal difference was not get hit for double figures by automatic promotion chasing Newport.

We played awfully on that final day, thank f*** it wasn’t a title decider or we would have been kicking ourselves. We go on a 12 game run without a loss to not turn up on the final day.

Thankfully though, we held on and that’s two promotions in two seasons!

WE ARE GOING UP!