Non League Clubs Forging Foreign Links
Corby Town and Southall FC are forging potentially lucrative links with top European clubs.
Corby Town garnered plenty of attention on social media over the weekend, as they hosted the inaugural Steel Park Cup, involving teams from Liverpool, PSV Eindhoven and FC Porto.
The weekend was a huge success, with big crowds in attendance, and some top players on show. Liverpool included the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can in their squad, while eventual winners PSV showed their class in both their games, against Liverpool and Corby themselves.
Tommy Wright’s National League North side certainly did themselves proud, drawing 1-1 with FC Porto on Saturday, before being undone in the second half of their Sunday match against the Dutch Giants, eventually going down 3-0.
But it’s not just Corby making the news this week, as Southall FC announce links with former La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. The deal will include coaches from the 2014 Champions League runners-up travelling to West London to work with Southall’s players, and visits from first team players such as Fernando Torres have been promised too.
Diego Simeone’s club want to help support Southall’ ambition of improving British Asian football talent in the area, aswell as taking part in social inclusion events in the area.
it is certainly a huge coup for the Spartan Midland League club, and their average attendances of 40-50 will surely be increased on the back of the news.
It’s fantastic to read these two stories of big clubs taking note of our wonderful semi-professional game, and creating links that will hopefully last long into the future.