Non-League: Whitehawk FC

  Beneath the towering green banks of the South Downs there is a sloping pitch surrounded by friendly and boisterous fans. We paid a visit to Whitehawk FC in Brighton.   At the very eastern edge of Brighton’s urban crawl under the white chalk downs lies Whitehawk FC of the Vanarama South (sixth tier of […]

Ebbsfleet United

Non-League: Ebbsfleet United

Nestled beneath the wires and pylons of industrial North Kent is a rising force in non-league football. We visit Ebbsfleet United.   Just a stone’s throw from the glass and modernity of the Ebbsfleet International Eurostar terminal is a proper old school football stadium. The Stonebridge Road ground is the home of Ebbsfleet United, formerly […]

Dulwich Hamlet Rabble

Football Travel Podcast: Episode Six

We venture to South London and abroad with Manchester United in this episode of the Football Travel podcast:   Dulwich Hamlet (00:44): There’s a lot going on at Champion Hill, South London, home of Isthmian League Premier Division side Dulwich Hamlet. We catch up with Duncan Hart, chair of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust, to […]

Non-League: Worthing FC

A quiet revolution is occurring on the West Sussex coast. We went down to Worthing FC to witness some Rebels with a cause.   We could see the floodlights lighting the cold November rain above the rooftops. A shrill whistle broke the blustering sea wind; we had missed kick-off. I was visiting with a local […]

Non-League: Tonbridge Angels

Just 45 minutes south of London by train on the slender banks of the River Medway sits the Kentish market town of Tonbridge. Famed for its excellent schools and Norman Castle, the local Ryman League Premier Division team Tonbridge Angels also put the town on the map. We popped down to Angel’s Longmead Stadium.   […]

Opinion: Seven reasons to get behind Non-League Day

  As the top tiers take a break for international duty, football fans from the major leagues have an opportunity to experience the game at its grass roots level. Here are seven reasons why you should embrace ‘Non-League Day’.   In 2010, the idea of ‘Non-League Day’ came to founder James Doe as a social […]

Football Travel Podcast: Episode One

Welcome to the inaugural Outside Write monthly podcast, ‘Football Travel’. In this episode, we meet:   Ben Frost, organiser, REDaction: REDaction is an Arsenal fan group whose mission is to get the crowd rocking at the Emirates Stadium. We discuss some of the initiatives underway.   Claus Bermann, founder, is a football travel website which enables Danes […]

Non-League: Bromley FC

Bromley FC, from the leafiest reaches of South East London, is on something of an all-time high. We went down to check it out. Town meets country in the London Borough of Bromley. The former Kent market town has long been absorbed by ruthless London expansionism but retains plenty of green spaces despite the encroachment of 1930s […]

Lewes FC Dripping Pan

Non-League Focus (Video): Lewes FC’s Future Plans

We visit Lewes FC in the Ryman Premier League to see the impact of its fan ownership model. Earlier this year I became aware of Lewes FC’s fan ownership model, snapped up an ownership share myself and interviewed the club about the structure. I popped down to see The Rooks take on Tonbridge Angels in […]

Gallagher Stadium

Non-League: Maidstone United

The current Maidstone United is the second incarnation of the club in Kent’s county town. But it’s a football club on the up, so we took a trip to the Gallagher Stadium to see ‘The Stones’ for ourselves.   By the banks of the meandering River Medway tucked between parkland and a roundabout is the […]

Non-League: Wealdstone FC

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Gary Andrews ventures to Ruislip to visit Wealdstone FC in the FA Cup, a club that has produced some of football’s strongest characters. It’s two hours before kick-off at Wealdstone’s first round FA Cup tie against Colchester United and there’s a mild panic on Twitter: Not only is there a second […]

A21 Derby

Non-League: The A21 Derby

On first impression, Tunbridge Wells v Sevenoaks Town sounds like the most gentile fixture in English football. We went down to check out the surprisingly feisty ‘A21 Derby’ for ourselves. Outside Write’s first match of the 2015/16 season was at the Culverden Stadium, nestled in woods on the fringe of Royal Tunbridge Wells. This was […]

Lewes FC’s fan ownership model

The Sussex town of Lewes is proud of a rebellious history as fiery as its famous Guy Fawkes’ Night celebrations. Now, a new revolution is stirring in the South Downs as Lewes FC builds its fan ownership model. OW met the people behind the scheme. The historic town of Lewes, nestled in the picturesque South […]

Dulwich Hamlet Rabble

Does a Golden Age loom for Non-League Football in England?

Addendum: One year after writing the below, I took a look at the health of non-league attendances in England. The highest divisions – specially Vanarama Leagues North and South – have seen growth, while below that the picture is not good. Here are the non-league attendance statistics for 2015-16. What’s gone wrong? Do these clubs […]