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My Love of Non-League Football

  Monday 11th January 2016

The following is an article by Tony Incenzo (@tonyincenzo) from TalkSport Radio on why he loves non-league football.  He's kindly given us permission to include the article as it pretty uch sums up the feelings of anyone watching football at this level.  Thanks Tony!

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MY LOVE OF NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL
by Tony Incenzo of talkSPORT Radio
(twitter: @TonyIncenzo)

IN THE BEGINNING
I’ve been watching Non-League football on a regular basis since I was 10 years old. What I like most is that the players, club officials and supporters are there for the love of the game. The true spirit of football exists at Non-League level.

I grew up in North-West London and I was taken by my family to see my local club QPR as a child in the 1970’s.

I’ve always supported the R’s, but when they were playing away from home I started going to see my local Non-League clubs – Hendon primarily, but also Finchley, Barnet and Edgware Town.

GROUNDHOPPER
From there, I decided to visit every Non-League club in London as my groundhopping bug began. By the time I was 17, I had visited all 92 Football League grounds and I visited all the Scottish League grounds whilst still a teenager.

Since then, I’ve continued travelling all around the country to visit Non-League clubs. Earlier this season, I chalked up my 2,000th ground at FC United of Manchester.

WORLD RECORD
One of the best groundhops was being part of a world record in March 2004. I joined 250 other groundhoppers to watch five matches at five different football grounds in one day in the Central Midlands League.

This is listed in the Guinness Book of Records and we received certificates confirming the world record at the end of the fifth game.

INSIDE PRISON!
In December 2011, I set about watching a match inside Feltham Prison in Middlesex.

This featured a team called Phoenix FC, who had to play all their fixtures at home (for obvious reasons!) as inmates of the Young Offender Institution at Feltham.

I received special permission by email to attend a fixture, but I was told not to bring a phone or a camera with me. I was instructed to arrive in the main car park along with the match referee and the visiting players from Hanworth Villa Vets.

We were met by members of the prison staff who escorted us all in together…via an airport-style metal detector, a body search, numerous locked gates and along a path to the changing rooms.

This process took 45 minutes. After the players and ref got changed, we were then accompanied through more locked gates out to the playing area.

A high mesh fence with barbed wire on top surrounded the football pitch. There were dug-outs along one touchline and I watched the match from there as the only spectator.

THE FUTURE
By going to FC United, I re-completed visits to the top 16 divisions of English football down to Non-League step 4. Then at step 5 I need 27 grounds and another 78 at step 6.

There are endless possibilities at step 7 and below. Also, I’ve been to 35 European countries plus the USA for football – so it would be nice to visit more countries.

Follow Tony Incenzo on Twitter @TonyIncenzo


Merry Christmas!!

  Sunday 20th December 2015

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Mery Christmas and a Happy New Year.  THank you for your support in 2015 and we look forward to seeing you again in 2016!


Derby Day!

  Monday 14th December 2015

This coming Saturday sees the first derby match of the 2015/16 season for us as we welcome our cross-town neighbours Skegness Town to Wainfleet Rd.  Over the past few years there have been some excellent matches between the two with both sides at various times emerging as victors. No doubt this week will prove to be just as exciting a game as in previous encounters


New Sponsors

  Tuesday 27th October 2015

The club would like to welcome Unique Products and Malc Holmes & Son to the club and thank them for their sponsorship with the club. Unique Products involvement with the 1st team has been a welcome addition and we thank them for their input. Malc Holmes and Son have come in to the club and are involved in the sponsorship of the Development Squad for the coming season. Again, we look forward to working with Malc for many years to come.


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More New Signings

  Wednesday 09th September 2015

More New Signings

We are very pleased to announce the addition of both George Hobbins and Louis Saebe to our roster. Pictured with manager Gary Edgley and Jake Portas, both players bring another edge to the side and will be looking to forge partnerships with existing and established players. Manager Gary Edgley said 'We are really excited to have both lads here at the club. We're expecting big things from them'


Saturday 5th September

  Sunday 30th August 2015

Saturday 5th marks the opening fixture for our new Development Squad. Our first league fixture will be played away to North Thoresby and promises to be a tough but interesting match for our young side. Today will be a test for them as they have been steadily building on the work put in by both Scott and Martin. They are a young squad are already showing great potential with some impressive results so far.

Our first team make the return journey to this league favourites - Hykeham. You will remember we played them a couple of weeks previously and were on the end of a 5-1 defeat. The scoreline was a little harsh on us as a team but that is to take nothing at all away from Hykeham who were, as always clinical and precise. There is no doubt this fixture will be a tough one for us but that is something we can say for every team who will face Hykeham this season. The league looks like being a tough one this year and is shaping up to have some early strong sides.


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