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Home: Non-League Football Discussion: General Discussion: Re: [paulh66] Non-League Day - 12th October: Edit Log



jefferson
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Oct 14, 2019, 4:07 PM

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If Non-League Day has lost its way in selling that USP over the years, perhaps it's because that USP is no longer unique to what might traditionally be regarded as 'proper non-league' football?

If you deem steps 1 and 2 as not being 'proper non-league', you're immediately taking a good clutch of traditional non-league clubs who've actually succeeded in attracting new people to the game out of the debate. The debate may well by-pass much of steps 5 and 6 too, as they're largely comprised of clubs who'll rarely appeal to significant numbers outside of family, friends and a few locals (or will never be geared up to do so). So you end up effectively pitching the debate at steps 3 and 4.

Yet the principles are the same across the board - being made welcome isn't unique to mid-level non-league football, it's something the more switched-on clubs at all levels try and deliver these days. Put it another way, generally speaking I don't feel any less welcome attending EFL than I do at any level of non-league. It's just that the lower you go the more personal tends to be the welcome.

Yeah,whether you go to a game in Premier League, National League or step 6 you can get a good or bad welcome. It is a lot more personal in non league in general.

It's also a question of whether grounds offer the more unique to non league experience. Can you change ends at half time? Can you stand where you want? Can you stand at all, or is it all seats? Can you have a beer watching the game at pitchside? Are you paying 15-20 pound to watch a 5th or 6th division football match? Is segregation forced between home and away fans? Can you have a drink in the clubhouse and mingle with both sets of fans before the game, at half time and maybe the players after the game?

There's enough grounds at step 1 and 2 in particular where the answer to the above go far away from what a lot will see is the soul of non league football. Step 2 is a funny one because from one week to the next all the above paragraph applies with the traditional at one ground and then the next week all of the above doesn't. Or at step 1 where it's a much different experience at Chorley or Maidenhead than the ex-league grounds like Stockport or Notts Couny.


(This post was edited by jefferson on Oct 14, 2019, 4:11 PM)


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Post edited by jefferson (Junior Team Star) on Oct 14, 2019, 4:08 PM
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