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Support Your Local Non-League Club This International Break

The Premier League season has ground to a halt as the first international break of the season means that there will be no Premier League or Championship fixtures this weekend.

Whilst only a small percentage of fans that would normally travel to watch their club play will be at Wembley to see England play Bulgaria, a few well intentioned fans have started a viral campaign to give fans their weekly football fix and benefit the lower levels and grass roots of the game.

James Doe has launched a campaign urging English fans to go out and support their local non league team both vocally and financially with their attendance at a match this weekend.

In today’s money oriented football world, this is an opportunity for fans to support clubs that scavenge an existence yet provide entertainment for hundreds of thousands of fans each week.

These are the teams which few outside their local area have heard of bar the odd FA Cup run, clubs where the players are either paid very little or nothing at all and play for the passion rather than the fame and all the clichés combined.

The football is not of the same level as the top two leagues, but some of the most enjoyable football days out have been watching non league football, in small stadiums were the fans and not just the player’s swap ends at half time.

Therefore if you are at a loose end and in the United Kingdom this weekend, check out 


to find a match to go watch this weekend.

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  1. Kristian Downer

    September 2, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Also players such as

    Ian Wright, Les Ferdinand, Stan Collymore, Kevin Phillips, Kerry Dixon and Michael Kightly all played non-league football at their start of their careers.

  2. IanCransonsKnees

    September 2, 2010 at 2:57 am

    It’s an excellent idea. It might seem strange but even now the likes of Chris Smalling and Bebe are two big name signings that have been playing non -league football in their respective countries a relatively short time ago.

  3. The Gaffer

    September 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Kristian, thanks for bringing this to the attention of EPL Talk and the readers.

    For the readers on this blog, I would encourage you to go see your Major League Soccer team, or your USSF-Division 2 team. If you don’t have a team in your area, try watching MLS or USSF-D2 on TV or online this weekend.

    Check out the schedules at and

    The Gaffer

  4. christoff79

    September 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    What a great idea and movement. Thanks purely to the Football Manager video game where I started my “career” at Bromley (Conference South on the linked website above)… I developed an affection for them that results in me at the minimum checking their site for results and reading up on them frequently – which is about as much support as I can muster from the West Coast of the US but at least it’s something.

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