Kits of Non-League: Mossley AFC

This shirt is a bit of a one off, but we like it a lot so we figured why not!

The shirt in question belongs to Mossley AFC of the Northern Premier League Division One North West and is to celebrate 40 years since the club travelled all the way to the hallowed turf of Wembley to feature in the FA Trophy final against Dagenham.

The kit looks amazing and really harks back to the kits of the 80’s, with its simplicity, with some very minute detailing. Speaking of detailing, the names of the squad seen wrapping around the right sleeve are a very nice touch.

The tribute shirt is created by the guys over at Hope And Glory Sportwear, where every shirt is manufactured using a piece of fabric made from the equivalent of approximately 16 plastic bottles. Their EcoKit material behaves in the same way the usual polyester would meaning no difference in performance from other standard kits.

Today is actually the last day you can Pre-order the shirt, therefore if you want to join us and many others in ordering this piece of history then follow the link below.

Getting to Know: South Liverpool FC

Today’s ‘Getting to Know’ is a giant of the Non-League game that is very much on the comeback path.

At its peak, South Liverpool FC was at the very top of the Non-League game in this country. Before the outbreak of the Second World War South were on the verge of joining the Football League, the club had won the Lancashire Combination on multiple occasions and The Welsh Cup in its first attempt. The only reason the side didn’t qualify for joining the prestigious Football League was they lacked the votes required for joining.

Despite failing in joining the Football League, the prestige in which South Liverpool is held within the football world is clear to see. The club was the first to play a game of football with the modern floodlight system, against a team of touring Nigerians in 1949 at their home stadium Holly Park.

The club were founder members of the Northern Premier League, and remained in the league until their collapse in 1991. During this period the club featured a number of players that would go on to great heights in the football world names such as Jimmy Case and John Aldridge would grace the turf at Holly Park.

As previously mentioned, South Liverpool disbanded in 1991. The club wasn’t gone long though, reforming in 1992 and playing grassroots football at various locations. The club have recently won the West Cheshire League First Division three times in the last five seasons.

The clubs current home the new Jericho Lane Sports Hub complex that they moved into in January 2019, is a base that could see the fallen giants return to the football pyramid and climb to their previous heights, an aspiration that the club has made clear is the big goal for the team.

Sadly a return to the home of their glittering past isn’t possible as there is now the South Liverpool Parkway bus and railway station where the Holly Park formerly was.

From everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ we’d just like to wish everyone at South Liverpool FC all the best for the future and we hope you get back to the heights you belong at in the football ladder.

Non-League Transfers: A Few Statements of Intent.

Well the transfer window is well underway across the footballing world, the vast majority of players have either signed new deals at their clubs, or are on the look out for the next place to call home.

This is much the same in Non-League, clubs fighting each other to sign players that might just bring that bit of magic to their season. Despite the fee’s being much lower than the millions upon millions spent in the upper tiers of the Football League, clubs still have budgets and transfer ‘war chests’, therefore its key to have a manager with one of either two things in Non-League, good connections or be able to pay a few quid more than that lot up the road.

With this in mind we’ve tried to sift through the millions of transfer dealings that have taken place across the UK, and have picked a few that we thought showed great statements of intent by the buying club, whether that be signing a player who should be at a higher level or drastically strengthening their squad.

We aren’t sure whether this is going to become a weekly thing as the transfer window progresses but without further a do, lets get underway.

Charlie Grainger (Leyton Orient to Dulwich Hamlet)

National League South side Dulwich Hamlet have scored a great acquisition in our eyes, signing a highly rated young keeper who has appeared for the England National Youth Teams as high up as Under 19’s.

Now age 23, Grainger will be looking for a club where he can become a number one and continue to develop.

The shot stopper leaves Orient after their promotion to the Football League, the club where he came through the Youth Ranks and made his debut in adult football, against Luton Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, which he quickly followed up with his first League start four days later.

Adrian Clifton (Maidenhead United to Bromley)

A player moving from one mid table side to another, is something we often see throughout all leagues in the world. After a 12th place finish last season, Bromley have definitely made some signins that will improve the side.

As well as bringing in signings from Football League clubs, Bromley have made some great signings from clubs around them in the National League such as Micheal Cheek from Ebbsfleet United and the one we think is a great signing, Adrian Clifton from Maidenhead.

Clifton scored 14 League goals for Maidenhead last year, a side that finished 19th in the league. As well as banging in goals, the utility player won all 5 of the end of season awards at Maidenhead, therefore Clifton is a player im sure they will be sad to see leave.

With that, Clifton is a great signing for Bromley a proven goal scorer at this level and the man from Montserrat we are sure will help Bromley push up the table next year.

Nathan Arnold (Free Agent – Altrincham)

After taking 6 months out of the game it can be hard getting back into it, this doesnt appear to be any kind of problem for Altrincham’s new signing Nathan Arnold.

Arnold hasn’t really solidly played football since 2018, after battling anxiety during the 2017 season he appears to be back and looking to get back to his best. Despite his recent battles, Arnold is a player of great quality featuring predominantly for Mansfield, Cambridge, Grimsby and Lincoln in the past.

Arnold also did some work as part of the management at his last club Boston United, therefore if Arnold returns to his best, Alty have got a player who can help them both on and off the pitch as they look to get promoted into the National League after losing out in the playoffs in the 2018-19 season.

That’s three transfers that we feel are great moves for both the player and the clubs, should this get a good response we may look to make this a series, if not we will still probably have another look at transfers later in the season.

Getting to know: Bridlington Town AFC

Today’s ‘Getting to Know’ is newly crowned East Riding Senior Cup winners Bridlington Town AFC.

In their first season of existence in 1920, Bridlington Town AFC won the East Riding Senior Cup winning 2-1 vs. Gilberdyke. This truly is a competition that the club seems to have an infatuation with, winning it a total of 19 occasions, including 5 times in the last 7 years.

Credit: John Edwards (@FreePressJohn)

Between 1989 and the club folding in 1994 due to legal wranglings, ‘Town’ were considered to be one of the strongest non-league clubs in the country, winning the ERCFA Senior Cup on two occasions, adding to this the club won reaching the FA Vase final twice winning the competition on one of these occasions. On top of all of that winning the Northern Premier League and the Northern Counties East League and the club collected quite a lot of trophies during this period.

Following the disbanding of the Semi-Pro side after the 1993/94 season an ambitious local ‘Pub’ side, The Greyhound, were inspired to make an approach to the lease-holders with a view to making the Queensgate ground the base for The Greyhound team. A deal was struck with the condition that the club change their name to Bridlington Town AFC. A new club crest was designed and a new motto ‘Pergere et Eniti’, broadly meaning ‘Onwards and Upwards’, was adopted.

Despite people being sceptical in the beginning, the new Bridlington graduated through the leagues and steady progression saw the club join the East Riding County League Division One, where the League and Cup Double was achieved. Over the next three seasons in the County Premier Division the club continued to improve and made application to the Northern Counties East League which was accepted on the third attempt.

The Hudgell Solicitor Stadium

Bridlington Town football club play their home games at The Hudgell Solicitor Stadium, Queensgate. This has been the club’s home for as long as we can find on record, with updates being made to it in 1990, During this period Ken Richardson had joined the club as President and was instrumental in assisting the club with the necessary finance to develop the ground by building a new stand, clubhouse, turnstiles and floodlights.

From everyone here at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ we’d like to wish The Seasiders all the best for next season.

Getting to know: Colne FC

Today’s ‘Getting to know’ is a club making the most of the role social media has in the modern game.

Colne FC were only founded in 1996, yet there fan base both online and at the stadium on match day could match that of a club higher up the non-league ladder.

The club play home games at Holt House the former home of Colne Dynamoes, a club from the same town that after being denied promotion to the Conference the highest tier of Non-League, folded. 6 years later Colne FC, known as ‘The Young Lions’ were born.

In 2015-16 Colne were Premier Division champions in the North West Counties League, earning promotion to Division One North of the Northern Premier League. In their first year in the league, The Young Lions finished in the play-off spots, losing in the semi-final to Farsley Celtic, this time however things could well be different.

Now properly climatized at this level, Colne have once again made the play-offs, finishing 4th in the league. And the Lancashire side will be looking to do a lot better than the semi-finals.

Perhaps the most positive thing about Colne, from an outside perspective at least, is the very obvious bond between the team, the managers, the fans and the entire community. This is summed up by the hashtags the club has got trending currently #WeAreColne, and #ThisMeansMore. Further proof is seen often on the clubs twitter feed with many fans and the club itself posting videos of the fans and player celebrating together.

Colne travel to Leek Town, on Wednesday the 1st of May in their semi-final fixture, but we are sure that Colne will take a large number of very noisy fans just as they have all season.

From everyone here at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ we would just like to wish everyone at Colne all the best in the playoffs!