“If god had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there.”

A quote from one of the greatest football managers ever, Brian Clough.

Idea’s about how the game should be played come and go for example tiki-taka, similairly ‘fashionable’ formations do until they get found out, this is no different lower down the football pyramid where every manager wants to play a different way.

The stereotype of non-league is that its 22 blokes on a mud soaked ‘pitch’, flying into tackles at knee height and booting the ball as hard as they can in the general direction of the opposition’s goal, and don’t get me wrong in some cases the stereotypes are right, often tackles do go in that would need a whole episode of ‘Match of The Day’ to debate and often the pitches aren’t the best, whether its that its on a hill or the mud is knee deep. But sometimes, especially in the semi-professional non-league, teams will do this amazing thing where they keep the ball on the floor and pass it, something that some people seem to think doesn’t exist outside the Football League.

Its simple really, non-league footballers aren’t the most technically gifted in the world, they wouldn’t be playing non-league if they were. Its for this reason that you shouldn’t go to a non-league or Sunday morning game and expect to see perfect ‘Total Football’ or anybody knocking the ball about like they do in the Nike adverts.

(What an advert Joga Bonito was by the way!).

What you will see is 22 blokes, some possibly hungover or that have been roped in at the last minute, who love the ‘beautiful game’ that will give their all for their team, playing as well as they can and thats just one of the reasons why people love the non-league.

Not that it really matters how people play the game, if a team does play the long ball or how some people put it “hoofball”, if they enjoy it or if it works for them then why not? Hell Stoke City got to the Premier League and stayed there playing it. It may not be the most enjoyable thing to watch, but even on a sunday morning you enjoy it more when you win and the pub after is bouncing.

Getting to know: Bo’ness United

This season has seen a new chapter emerge in the long life of Bo’ness United FC, as the club has moved from being a Junior team to the senior ranks of the East of Scotland FA.

The club’s first season as a senior side has been relatively successful, currently sat in second place in the East of Scotland Conference B, the club are set to form part of a new East of Scotland Premier Division next season as the top five clubs from each conference are joining the new top flight in the East of Scotland.

A community club, as already mentioned prior to the 2018/19 season Bo’ness had been a Junior team since its founding in 1945 and in that time have won the Scottish Junior Cup on three occasions.

Playing out of Newtown Park in Bo’ness, there have been many players who have graced the pitch at Newtown but also featured in the top divisions of football in England and Scotland, including Paddy Buckley, Donald Ford, Jim Scott and Alex Scott.

Affectionately known as the ‘BU’ by their fans, the club runs youth teams all the way from under 8’s to senior football, meaning that people of all ages can take part. Another way in which the club is great for their community is that at current they have closed their stadium in order to install an astroturf and new flood lights, meaning the pitch may be able to be used by the local community.

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder, we’d just like to wish everyone at Bo’ness all the best and congratulations on this season.