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Non League Podcast Episode 57 Out Now

The newest podcast is now available for download. On it Kristan, Rob and myself talk (a lot) about the ludicrous decision not to broadcast any FA Cup third round games on Saturday, as well as celebrating the efforts of the five remaining non league clubs.

Also up for discussion:

  • Strange goings-on at Salford City
  • Norton United back home – for now
  • Team(s) and Player of the Week
  • Hattrick Watch (thanks to Libby for the research)
  • And Finally – Worst Kit Clash Ever?

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Spartans’ Spots Stolen!

Northern Premier League club Blyth Spartans have been victim to a crime dubbed “the silliest in nonleague football.” Some opportunistic thief has stolen their penalty and centre spots!

Club chairman Tony Platten suspects the theft could be the work of either a disgruntled fan or someone with a grudge against the club. Speaking to the local paper, Mr Platten said:

“We have had a couple of break-ins and minor pilfering but nothing as illogical as taking the centre circle. This is just the sort of crazy thing that happens in non-league football. I doubt we will find out who did it. They might be in someone’s garden by now with flowers planted in the middle.”

Despite last week’s theft – which left big holes in the pitch – Spartans still managed to stage their NPL Premier Division match against AFC Fylde on Saturday, with the visitors netting a late equaliser – from a penalty!

Richard Offiong alleges Lee McEvilly racially abused him during Blyth Vs Colwyn Bay game

Richard Offiong has made claims on twitter that he was racially abused by Lee McEvilly in the Blyth Spartans Vs Colwyn Bay game.

Offiong alleges that McEvilly said to him “where’s your bunch of bananas, show me your passport” and has gone on to claim that team mates of his heard the abuse and that in the past he has reported abuse but nothing has being done about the matter.

My personal view of this is that its sad that in such a multicultural world that racism is something that still goes on and if McEvilly is found guilty of saying these things then he should be banned from the game for life.

Regarding Offiong’s claims that he has reported matters in the same vein of this topic in the past and nothing has happened is not only worrying if true but not good enough either as we rely on the FA to make football a fun and safe enviroment where people should be judged on how they play football and not their race.

James Griffiths