Sunday, 18 February 2018

The End Of A Long Winter?

It may be tempting fate but the weather does seem to have impressed around the country and that allowed far more matches to be played over the weekend, some pitches of course remaining so sodden that they were still unfit for action.

A quick glance at this week's Non-League fixtures in England and Wales indicate a packed schedule as clubs catch up with previously postponed games and the myriad of league and county cup competitions begin to reach their final stages.

The headline in this week's Non-League Paper is 'Your Club Needs You' and although that relates to volunteering at local clubs, as they deal with an increasing amount of paperwork, it could easily be translated to those coming through the turnstiles.

So, whether it is in the Highland League in Scotland or the South West Peninsula League in England, try and catch a match at your local club if you can between now and the end of the season.

The Links page of the blog has some good websites to guide you in the right direction and I try to keep the Twitter side of Affordable Football updated every day.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

A Tweet For The Weekend (2)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A Tweet For The Weekend

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Non-League Night At Durham Women FC

A perfect opportunity for the many followers of the non-league game in the North-East to catch an extra match next week as Durham Women FC host Sheffield Ladies in WSL2 on a Thursday evening, 22 February at 7.30pm.

Show a match ticket, season ticket or programme from a local non-league club to gain admission to New Ferens Park for just £2.

A special offer is also in place for Brighton & Hove Albion season-ticket holders and members who can watch the WSL2 game against Oxford United on the same evening for just £1. Details are available here.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Coming Up

February 24: The annual Football for a Fiver game at Charlton Athletic sees Shrewsbury Town the visitors in League One. 

March 3: Under 17's go free with a paying Adult/Senior (1 per ticket) as Barnsley host Norwich City in the Championship at Oakwell.

March 7: The British Army take on the Royal Navy at the EBB Stadium, home of Aldershot Town. The two teams are playing for the Constantinople Cup with the Women's match starting at 2.30pm and the Men's at 7pm and free admission to both.

March 14: The Army are in action again, this time against the RAF at Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury. Kick-off is at 7pm and admission is free.

March 14: The Continental Tyres Cup final will be played at Wycombe Wanderers with Manchester City and Arsenal battling it out for the honours. Tickets for the 7pm kick-off are priced at £7 Adults, £3 Concessions.

March 23: Bootham Crescent in York plays host to the Centenary Shield fixture between English Schools Under-18's and their Scottish counterparts. Admission to the 7pm kick-off is priced at £7 Adults, £3 Concessions.

March 24: Molineux hosts England Under-21's friendly against Romania, kick-off 5.15pm. Prices are £10 Adults and £5 Concessions with Family tickets also available and discounts for group bookings.

March 27: Sheffield United host the European Championship qualifier between England Under-21's and Ukraine. Prices are £10 Adults and £5 Concessions with Family tickets also available and discounts for group bookings.

April 2: 'Pay What You Can' for the League Two game between Crawley Town and Swindon Town on Easter Monday.

April 6: England Women take on Wales in a World Cup qualifier at St Mary's in Southampton. Adult tickets are priced at £10. Children and Concessions are just £1.

May 12: The 2018 National League Promotion Final will take place at Wembley Stadium. Neutrals can enjoy the day for just £20 Adults, £10 Seniors and free for one accompanied Under 16 if they take advantage of the Early Bird ticket offer which runs until the end of February.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Coventry City Community Day

Ricoh Arena ahead of Coventry City versus Accrington Stanley

Unfortunately you cannot always organise the right result to go with a day that was otherwise very successful for Coventry City.

Just a few hours after announcing that they would be playing at the Ricoh Arena once again in 2018/19 the Sky Blues attracted more than 28,000 supporters through the turnstiles for their League Two fixture against Accrington Stanley.

Justifiably much-maligned by their fans over the past couple of seasons for high prices and a distinct lack of customer-friendliness, City did everything right for this one with thousands of free tickets for local schoolchildren, £5 tickets for everyone else, reduced price programmes, free parking available and a supporter village before the match.

Dominant at home in recent matches, Mark Robins injury and illness-hit side went behind early and never got in a blow at a well-organised Stanley side.

Empty seats aplenty were in evidence before the final whistle but the children at the game seemed to enjoy it and it keeps the club firmly in their mind for the future.

Thursday, 8 February 2018