Category Archives: Opinion

Why Does Ground Grading Always Come as a Surprise?

It’s that time of year again. No, not when I write my now seemingly annual article (sorry, I’ll try and get back to it!), but rather the time when clubs anxiously await their fate as to which division they’ll be competing in the following season. Why, though, does it always come to this? Read the rest of this entry

K’s Left Homeless as Expected Kingsmeadow Sale Goes Through

Ryman League Premier Division side Kingstonian have finally received the news they have feared for a while now; AFC Wimbledon have agreed a ¬£2milliom deal to sell ‘their’ Kingsmeadow ground to Premier League giants Chelsea. The Blues intend to use the ground for all their matches involving all but the senior men’s team. Read the rest of this entry

FA’s Disciplinary Procedures Need Addressing ASAP

The farcical situation surrounding the conclusion of the Ryman League Premier Division season once again highlights the laughable and lackadaisical approach toward administration from the game’s governing body. Read the rest of this entry

Vanarama National League: Exciting Future or Unnecessary Rebrand?

The announcement on Easter Monday regarding the rebrand of the Conference has left me uncertain – and somewhat concerned – about the future of the top three divisions of nonleague football. Read the rest of this entry

Is This Finally FC United’s Year?

Upwardly mobile FC United of Manchester United have never had a better opportunity to seal that much needed promotion to Step Two, a promotion which would be good for non league in general. Read the rest of this entry

From Diamonds to Darlo: When the Phoenix Rises Part Two

In part two of his look at footballing phoenixes, Dave Burin writes about three more clubs who have had interesting recent histories. Read the rest of this entry

From Diamonds to Darlo: When the Phoenix Rises Part One

Dave Burin, a northwest non league football fan, writes his first article for Under The League, looking at five clubs who have risen from the ashes. In this first part, Dave looks at two clubs that came about through mergers, and then had to rise from the ashes, with their new iterations coming into being in 2011. Read the rest of this entry

Five Billion Reasons To Watch Non League

The new television deal will hopefully lure fans to non league grounds as the top clubs further distance themselves from their fans. Read the rest of this entry

What Happens to Kingstonian When Dons Go Home?

These are exciting times right now for fans of AFC Wimbledon. A plumb tie at home against Liverpool in the FA Cup, and a potential move back to their home borough of Merton is edging ever nearer. However, that excitement may not be shared by Kingstonian, the club with whom they currently groundshare. Read the rest of this entry

A Sad Day For Football As Hereford United Are Wound Up

The Bulls were finally put out of their misery at the High Court, as Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) finally said enough is enough. Read the rest of this entry