Non-League Football Matters opened in 2009 as an independent football history information site about non-league soccer in England. The main reason why the site was started was because of my long-term interest in non-league football, which began when I watched Scarborough F.C. in the Midland and Yorkshire Leagues.
The loss of the Boro in 2007 was devastating and this left a major gap. Two successful clubs rose from the ashes, however, with Scarborough Athletic joining the NCEL and Scarborough Town entering the Teesside League.
Athletic won promotion to the top flight of their league and have since gone on to win the Premier Division and a place next season in the Northern Premier League. Sadly, the club has had to play its home games in Bridlington 2008-2013.
Town won their league at the first attempt and were Wearside League champions a year later. Ground problems prevented the club from moving up to the NCEL and forced a year off. These things led to the break-up of the team, but the club re-emerged 2011-2012 in the Humber Premier League and won promotion plus the Division 1 title. Last season proved more difficult, however, and. For reasons outlined on the club website, Scarborough Town F.C. have folded and ceased to exist. Access to the club website is therefore no longer possible as it has been discontinued.
During its first year, the site concentrated on providing past final tables for leagues in the North. In the second year the aim was to provide the same sort of information about leagues in the Midlands and South – from when these started to the present. In the site's third year, the work continued with more leagues being covered and an attempt to include more current information also. This approach then continued during the site’s fourth year, with a further extension to include all the U.K.'s four countries.
Leagues included are listed below, with notes on how to access the information. Details of ‘current’ items are shown below, after the ‘history contents’ of the site.
NON-LEAGUE HISTORY CONTENTS
REGIONS 1 which includes sections on:
the CONFERENCE 1979-present (National, North and South);
DEFUNCT leagues = Athenian League, Cheshire County League, Lancashire Combination, Midland League, North Eastern League and Yorkshire League;
current 'NORTH-based' leagues = Midland Alliance, Northern Premier League, Northern Counties (East) League, North West Counties League and Northern League;
current 'SOUTH-based' leagues = (Southern A) Southern League, Hellenic League, Spartan South Midlands League, United Counties League, Wessex League, Western League, (Southern B) Isthmian League, Combined Counties League, Eastern Counties League, Essex Senior League, Kent League and Sussex County League. Details of years covered of leagues in the South can be found within Regions 1.
The regions are:
Metropolitan Midlands North North East
North West South South East South West
The leagues it is planned to provide some coverage of are:
Aetolian League Anglian Combination
Bedfordshire League Birmingham & District League
Cambridgeshire League Central Alliance
Central Midlands League Chiltonian League
Cornwall Combination Devon County League
Dorset Premier League Durham Alliance
Early Southern League Essex Olympian League
Gloucestershire County Great Western Combination
Greater London League Hertfordshire League
Humber Premier League Kent County Amateur League
Kent County League Lancashire Alliance
Leicestershire Senior Lincolnshire League
Liverpool Co. Combination London League
London Spartan League Manchester League
Metropolitan & District Metropolitan-London League
Mid-Sussex League Middlesex County League
Midland Combination North Berkshire League
North Devon League North Lancashire League
Northants Combination Northamptonshire League 1895-1934
Northern Alliance Northern Amateur League
Northern Combination Notts Alliance/Senior
Notts & Derbyshire League Original Kent League
Oxfordshire Senior League Parthenon League
Peterborough & District Seanglian League
Somerset County League South Midlands League
South West Peninsula South Western League
Spartan South Midlands Staffordshire County Senior League
Suffolk & Ipswich League Surrey Senior League Teesside League
Wearside League West Cheshire League
West Lancashire League West Midlands (Regional) League
West Riding County Amateur West Yorkshire League
Worcestershire Combination York League
North Northumberland League Tyneside Amateur League
Liverpool County Premier League
Bristol Premier Combination Bristol & Suburban League
Hampshire League 2004 Hampshire Premier League
Southern Amateur League Tyneside League
Hopefully there will be others. For the dates covered for the various leagues, please see the Regions 2 Main Page.
REGIONS 3 (new in November 2012) is partly an 'overspill' from Regions 2 and partly completely new as coverage extends to include leagues in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The section is divided into a number of parts - East, Midlands, North, South, West, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Details of which leagues are included can be found on the main REGIONS 3 page.
The ARCHIVE section has pages for 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. For each of these seasons there are a number of non-league tables, with enough leagues included in the most recent seasons to warrant 3 pages being necessary.
The EUROPEAN LEAGUES section is new at late November 2013 and will be developed according to how much time and information is available..
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April 7th - Many thanks to Fred Beadham whose research has made it possible to add details from about twenty more seasons of Teesside League seasons in the period 1948-1978 in the Regions 2 North part of the site.
April 6th - 'Tops and bottoms' snapshots tables for Levels 1-5 have been updated to today's standings, with top six and bottom six clubs, games played and points won shown.
There will be some news later this week about Subbuteo.
March 30th - As a mark of respect to Len Minnikin,
whose funeral is on Tuesday, April 1st, there
will be no activity on this website this
March 26th - 'Tops and bottoms' snapshot tables for leagues in Wales 2013-2014 are now on site
I have been informed by the site provider that this website is almost full, with little 'storage space' left. I hope to complete all items and themes started, then leave the site on-line for about 12 months - up to May 2015.
March 25th - Sad news was received yesterday of the death of an old school friend - R.I.P. Len Minnikin.
Forty+ Step 7 leagues' tops and bottoms 2013-2014 have been added this morning
March 24th - 'Tops and bottoms' snapshot tables have been added for all English Step 6 leagues this morning.
March 23rd - The 2013-2014 section has returned to the site. Today's page looks at how things are shaping up at the tops and bottoms of all twenty-six Steps 1-5 leagues in the English Non-League Pyramid
March 18th - There has been a little activity in Euro3-Extra this morning with three further seasons covered for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia and Georgia.
March 13th - Six tables from the early years of the Northern Combination have been added this morning in the Regions 2 North-East section. Many thanks to Patrick Brennan for supplying the material used for this.
March 12th - With pages of Faroe Islands and San Marino league soccer 1998-2005/6 safely tucked into Euro3-Extra, the first phase of that section is now complete ...
... AND ALSO ... thanks once again to Fred Beadham, the Durham Alliance page in Regions 2 North-East has a new look to it and carried all the competition's final tables for the years 1996-2013 ...
... on top of which ... we have a new floor in BOTH sides of the house downstairs. Thanks to Highbury Homes of Brighouse and CarpetRight of Huddersfield.
Some days are really, really good!
March 11th - In Regions 2 North-East today, thanks to Fred Beadham, much more Teesside League information, including some details from between the World Wars and many more tables from the 1990s
December 2011 - published by DESERT ISLAND
HOPKIN'S HISTORY OF THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE and PREMIER LEAGUE (VOLUME 4 1992-2011) - PRICE £12-99. I think this is a great book - but then I'm biased because I wrote it.
Other useful websites include the FCHD and RSSF sites, but the Non-League Tables archive at www.nonleaguetables.co.uk, has now disappeared. The late Tony Kempster's website is excellent for more recent seasons and at Mike Avery (.co.uk) and www.nonmatters.co.uk have covered more recent times.
The site had its 10,000th visitor since mid-February, 2010 on June 2nd, 2011. With a further 70,000 visitors by 9 a.m. on February 22nd, 2014 the count has been re-started yet again.
The original hit counter had disappeared at 4224, so the count was re-started on February 13th, 2010.
That means about 20,000 'hits' per year.
Hopefully around for a while.