Today marked a very special day in the football calendar- NON LEAGUE DAY! Teaming up with Prostate Cancer UK, today is all about the good causes- trying to raise money for charity and of course, raising the attendances of local grounds to provide them with much needed ticket revenue across the country. I am always very proud to be a supporter of non-league clubs, because these are the routes of English football and without these clubs we would not have such discoveries as Charlie Austin, Jermaine Beckford and current England defender Chris Smalling (just to name a few!). So in honour of Non League Day I am going to start this entry with a fact-file of my 2015/16 non-league adventure so far.
Best ground visited
Moss Rose (Macclesfield Town)
Maybe I'm being biased, but I cannot help but have a great time every time I'm there.
Worst ground visited
Wood Park Stadium (Alsager Town)
It was a close run thing between them and The Lyme Valley Stadium.
Seeing the Conference's top team being destroyed by the Silkmen was top notch.
No goals and very few chances. The hilarious chants were the highlights.
Most friendly ground visited
The Novus Stadium (Kidsgrove Athletic)
Certainly worth visiting, a nice ground with very friendly fans.
Glossop North End
From crazy chants to scrapping with the opposition fans, a crazy bunch they were.
Highest scoring match
It was the closest thing to "pub team" football I've seen this season.
Grounds I want to visit this season
Marston Road (Stafford Rangers)
I'll be there on Saturday to watch the high-flying Rangers.
Footes Lane (Guernsey)
I've wanted to visit Guernsey for a while now, what better excuse?
Park Lane (Canvey Island)
As a teenager, I was always intrigued by a team from an island.
|Now, back to today's big game|
It was nice to be at Moss Rose again for a sixth time this season. So far I have witnessed 3 wins, a draw and a defeat for the Silkmen, with the only non-wins coming against League One opponents Rochdale and Sheffield United. It is fair to say that I have enjoyed good showings from Macc so far and I was hopeful that they could continue a good run under my attendance with a win against the Conference's basement club, Kidderminster Harriers. Kiddie are yet to win a match this season in the league and they were already five points from safety before the game. Due to today's match being live from BT Sport, there was of course an extra buzz around the ground and when I arrived in time for the early kick-off it was good to see all of the vans and cameras around the ground, giving the Silkmen some much needed extra money for TV appearances. Added to this, Macc had offered free entry to all children and students to help boost support for Non League Day, which meant that I found myself fighting my way past the local footy stars of tomorrow to grab my ticket and programme. The man at the kiosk seemed glad to be confronted with a straight-forward "one adult, near half-way" request, rather than the screaming of dozens of kids. Once I entered the ground, I headed straight for my seat as I couldn't partake in a pre-match pint due to having to go to work straight after the match. On my way to my seat I did manage to see our Assistant Manager, Efe Sodje, seeming to be gathering a bit of advice from a fan.
|Efe Sodje kept a clean sheet with Nigeria in the 2002 World Cup match against England|
|This camera hasn't seen such poor defending since it's last trip to Stamford Bridge|
|Somewhere in the distance, near the orange wig folk, is the injured lino|
|Duh duh duh duh, half a Pepsi|
|Last time Macc were on BT, I made a cameo appearance as "not too impressed fan"|
|The Reds (playing in Yellow) were looking good for a comeback|