Non League Day 2013 – Support Your Local Club


It’s that time of the season again. The time of the year when the non-league family can try and gain some extra attention from supporters nationwide. With no matches taking place in the top two divisions due to World Cup qualifiers and other internationals, it gives non-league clubs the chance to try and tempt some extra fans through their turnstiles.

Non League Day is the brainchild of James Doe, a Queens Park Rangers supporter who had the inspiration for his annual event in 2010 when watching the R’s in a preseason friendly in Devon. Now into it’s fourth year, NLD is aimed at fans of Premier League and Championship clubs, in an attempt to get them to watch their local non-league club. The success has been phenomenal, especially when you consider that it was originally an experiment!

Clubs up and down the land have embraced the event wholeheartedly, with many offering cut price, or even free, admission on presentation of a valid season ticket, and there are plenty of events set up for fans to enjoy. It is now one of the fixtures that fans look out for immediately when the fixtures are released, right alongside the opening/closing fixtures and Christmas and Easter. One of the most important thing, from a fan point of view is that, unlike at top level clubs, every penny you spend at a non-league club makes a huge difference. Clubs need every penny they can get, and your admission fee, programme, pie and pint contributes massively to the club’s coffers. So every extra fan through the gates counts. Don’t go thinking “Oh, it doesn’t matter whether I go or not, one won’t make a difference.” Believe me, it will!

So, if you haven’t already, turn off Soccer Saturday, get up off the sofa and get along and support your local club. And not just on Non League Day! I guarantee you will love it and keep going back for more!

For more information, and to find a match near you, visit the Non League Day website.


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!

Posted on August 27, 2013, in UTL Archive and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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