The author:Something of a refugee and recent convert to non-league, having grown increasingly disillusioned with what was on offer both on and off the pitch at the higher levels. I do still attend a fair few league games – I have irreversible emotional ties to the club I’ve been attached to since I was a small boy, plus I’m intending to eventually get round all 92 grounds. However, I find myself increasing drawn to the non-league matchday experience instead. Let’s face it,
It’s better value for money
You’re not in any danger of getting treated like part of a police training exercise
Everyone’s involved because they enjoy it, which tends to make things a lot friendlier (sometimes you really do feel like you’ve been invited round to someone’s house for the afternoon, rather than turned up in enemy territory about to do battle)
You feel like you’re contributing to essential grassroots football on a wider scale, rather than a small pool of unnecessary bank balances
Once in the ground, you can do pretty much as you please.
Oh, and (whisper), the entertainment on the pitch is often better too.
The site:Equal parts self-indulgence and something of interest to the non-league groundhopper – this is an attempt to catalogue some of my own experiences, and hopefully encourage more grass roots football attending along the way.