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
FT2012-13 is the part of the site in which final tables are now included for the vast majority of Steps 1-6 of the Non-League Pyramid. There are a further six pages of tables from Step 7+ competitions and it is hoped that eventually the final tables for these leagues will be placed on the site. If time allows, a similar thing will be done for leagues in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The 2013-2014 section has provisional league line-ups for Steps 1-4 for next season. It is uncertain at the moment as to what else might go into this section.
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 originally had pages for 1888-1893, 1893-1894, 1989-1990, 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and the ongoing coverage of 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 FEATURES section may return mid-September with reasonably regular updates on a number of leagues. This may, however, appear within the 2013-2014 part of the site.
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June 19th - The Scarborough Town website has been removed from the Internet following the club's folding. The access button has therefore been removed. At the moment use of this button is 'pending' while we see if any other club or league wishes to take it over.
June 13th – Final tables for the leading competitions in Wales 2012-2013 have been added in the FT2012-2013 section.
June 12th - Final tables for the leading competitions in Northern Ireland 2012-2013 have been added within the FT2012-13 section of the site.
... and also ... final tables from the top non-league competitions in Scotland are now in the FT 2012-2013 section.
June 11th - Final tables from Steps 7+ leagues in the Midlands (West) have been added to the site in the FT 2012-13 section
June 10th - Final tables from Steps 7+ leagues in the North-West and Midlands (East) have been added to the site in the FT 2012-13 section
June 7th – It has been decided to continue this website despite the sad demise of Scarborough Town F.C. earlier in the week. Plans for future site development will follow at some point.
Final tables for Steps 7+ in the North-East, South-East and South-West are now on site in the FT2012-13 section. Details from other areas will be added next week.
December 2011 - published by DESERT ISLAND BOOKS -
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 50,000 visitors by the end of May 27th, 2013, 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.
Hopefully around for a while.