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About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

Conference To Allow 3G – Or Are They?

August 11, 2014

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Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium has a 3g pitch installed

Recently news broke that the Football Conference had made the decision to allow clubs to use 3G and 4G pitches in the top three levels of nonleague football from the 2015-16 season. This has largely been welcomed by clubs and fans alike, with many people saying it will help clubs thrive. The only problem is; […]

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Non League Podcast 42 – New Season, Same News

August 11, 2014

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Vanarama Conference

The new season has started (except for some reason in the NPL), and that means a new season of Non League Podcast. There’s plenty to talk about too, and not one but two rants from Rob! #RantyRobo On the show then this week: Vanarama put the Conference back into nonleague Save Grassroots e-petition Salisbury City […]

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Tipped for Glory 2014-15: Conference North & South

July 30, 2014

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Following on from my Conference Premier prediction, it is now time to turn the focus onto Step Two. Which clubs can take the titles in Conference North and South, and with it a place at non leage’s top table? Conference North My tip for the Conference North title is Barrow AFC. Under manager Darren Edmondson, […]

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The Strangest Match Ever Played?

July 23, 2014

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Carribbean Cup

January 27th 1994 saw possibly the most bizarre match ever played. The match in question took place between Barbados and Grenada during qualification for the Carribbean Cup. Barbados went into the match needing to win by at least two goals to top the three team group on goal difference. Any other result would see Grenada […]

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Tipped for Glory 2014-15: Conference Premier

July 19, 2014

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The new season is almost here! It’s been a summer of football, with the World Cup in Brazil filling the void until the real business of the nonleague season begins again. Most teams are now at least two weeks and one game into their preseason programme, and attention begins to focus on the second weekend […]

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Podcast 41 Out Now

July 14, 2014

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NL Podcast

The first podcast ahead of the new season is now available to download. There is only one news story to cover, as we try and get our heads around the debacle at Salisbury City. I’m not sure we do a great job of it to be honest! Elsewhere, it’s that time of year; predictions. Myself, […]

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One Day, Two Games, Six Goals

July 13, 2014

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Preseason is well and truly upon us now, and this weekend I was able to take in two games on the same day. Heaven!

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Should Salisbury City Be Reinstated?

July 13, 2014

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This summer has been one of the messiest I can remember. Clubs folding, reprieves, relegations and transfers between divisions have all meant that the situation has got muddier and muddier, and the kerfuffle surrounding Salisbury City just adds to that. Everything seemed to be going pretty well down at The Ray Mac. A good young […]

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Podcast Episode 39 Out Now

May 12, 2014

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AL3

The newest episode of Non League Podcast is out now, and is a one topic special to see us into the summer. Any guess as to the subject? Yes, of course: League Three! While not nonleague specific, the proposed extra division would be made up partly with Conference Premier clubs, and would have serious implications […]

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Laird Departs Weston

May 2, 2014

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Laird has left Weston after nearly four years in charge

Following Marc McGregor’s decision to quit as Weston-Super-Mare’s assistant manager to reduce the club’s outgoings, Craig Laird has resigned as manager at Woodspring Stadium. A club statement read: “We are very disappointed to be informed by Craig Laird that he has resigned as First Team Coach. The Board felt that Craig was the right person […]

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