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An Excellent Article by Tony Incenzo on Non-League Finals Day

  Thursday 07th April 2016


by Tony Incenzo of talkSPORT Radio
(Twitter: @TonyIncenzo)

I would like to call upon all football followers to support Non-League Finals Day at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, May 22 2016:

The FA Vase – Final
Hereford v Morpeth Town (12.15pm)

The FA Trophy – Final
FC Halifax Town v Grimsby Town (4.15pm)

I passionately believe that this is a major step forward in how the FA Trophy and FA Vase Finals are marketed. It should be possible to bring the whole Non-League community together for a glorious day of celebration at Wembley.

I have been an avid follower of Non-League football for more than 40 years. I grew up in North-West London and I used to watch my local teams – Hendon, Barnet and the old Finchley FC – whenever I could as a school kid.

Nowadays, my diet of attending Non-League football mainly consists of groundhopping. But I always try to take in the major Finals at Wembley.

Over the last couple of seasons however, I have been very disappointed with the attendances at those showpiece games…

2014…18,120 for the FA Trophy Final, Cambridge United v Gosport Borough
2015…14,585 for the FA Trophy Final, North Ferriby v Wrexham

2014…5,431 for the FA Vase Final, Sholing v West Auckland Town
2015…9,674 for the FA Vase Final, North Shields v Glossop North End

Now compare these figures to the record crowds for the respective Finals:

53,262 at 2007 FA Trophy Final, Stevenage Borough v Kidderminster Harriers

36,232 at 2007 FA Vase Final, Truro City v AFC Totton

Yes I know there was special interest in 2007 as it was the first year that the Finals returned to the re-built Wembley Stadium. But even so, there has been an alarming decline in crowds since then.

It must have been getting towards the point where it is no longer viable to stage these Finals at the national stadium – especially the FA Vase. That would be a great shame for the players and supporters of the participating teams.

Therefore I would like to see every club that participates in the overall FA Trophy and Vase competitions attempting to sell 50 tickets each and running a coach to Non-League Finals Day at Wembley.

A total of 276 teams took part in the 2015/16 FA Trophy competition with 572 in the FA Vase. If they all sold 50 tickets each, it would bring 40,000-plus to the Finals Day on top of the supporters of the respective finalists and other neutrals.

I can hear people now saying: “Our club couldn’t sell 50 tickets!” Well even the smallest of Non-League clubs have 50 people involved – first team and reserve players, committee, supporters and WAGS. The ticket prices are very attractive and you would definitely enjoy a great day out!

Anyway, those are my ideas. Let’s embrace and boost the FA Trophy and Vase Finals. The alternative is losing their traditional place at the national stadium due to a lack of interest.

Follow Tony Incenzo on Twitter @TonyIncenzo

Venue Change

  Thursday 17th March 2016

The venue for our match against Hykeham this coming Saturday 19th March will be Skegness Grammar School. Kick off time remains unchanged, only the location. This promises to be an excellent fixture on a fantastic surface!

Challenge Cup Semi-Final and League

  Wednesday 16th March 2016

Our 1st team take on the runaway champions from last season in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup this Saturday. This is sure to be a tight affair with both sides looking to progress to the final where the winners will face Sleaford Town Res. Kick off is at 2:30 this Saturday at Wainfleet Rd.

Our Development squad continue their push for league honours when they welcome Marshchapel Res. This game will be played at Marsh Lane, Burgh as in previous games.

Come along to support our sides in these two crucial fixtures.

Club Statement - Neil Morgan

  Friday 05th February 2016

We would like to welcome Neil Morgan to the club. Neil joins us to take up the position of manager.

Neil, originally fom the Midlands area has a wealth of experience having started his playing career at Aston villa then Tamworth Town. He played in the 1979 FA Youth Cup Final for Aston Villa v Crystal Palace at Highbury. Neil played many seasons with Southern league clubs such as Stourbridge and Redditch. Neil then moved  to Cambridge to play for Somersham Town.  He was offered and accepted a managerial role in the Ridgeon's league. The opportunity arose to move Godmanchester Rovers where he featured as a player and coach before becoming Assistant Manager and player for them in Thurlow Nunn league.

Club Statement

  Sunday 31st January 2016

Unfortunately, after much discussion the past few weeks, John Barker has announced he wishes to step down from his role as Joint manager of Skegness United. We would like to take this opportunity to thank John for all his hard work put into the club and wish him every success in the future.

Club Statement

  Tuesday 19th January 2016

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Gary Edgley for all his work over the season this far. He was instrumental in bringing some talented young players to the club for which we are grateful, we wish him good luck for the future.

"Stamus in Victoria Unita"