Monday, 20 November 2017

£10 Tickets At Notts County On Saturday

Notts County have featured many times on the Affordable Football pages in the past but, a little like Hartlepool United who I wrote about last week, it has mainly been in adversity as the Magpies have attempted to drum up support for a big relegation clash.

Different times at Meadow Lane at the moment, of course, under the stewardship of owner Alan Hardy and manager Kevin Nolan.

The Magpies stayed on top of the League Two table with Saturday's 3-1 victory against Cheltenham and they will be looking to maintain their excellent home form when Colchester United are the visitors this coming Saturday (November 25).

Ticket prices have been reduced to £10 Adults, Under-18's £5, Under-12's £1 and Under-7's free while season ticket holders can bring a friend for free.

Before then a Notts County XI visit Radford FC on Wednesday evening (22nd, 7.45pm) to celebrate the opening of a new clubhouse.

Admission to the game is priced at £5/£3 and free for accompanied Under-16's.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017

FA Youth Cup Third Round

Premier League and Championship academy teams enter the competition at this stage and it offers a good opportunity to watch a match at one of the major grounds for a fiver or less.

A full list of fixtures is available on the FA website and must be played by Saturday 16 December and, amongst the details confirmed so far are matches at Ewood Park (Blackburn v Stoke on 13 December, £4/£2), Loftus Road (QPR v Charlton on 12 December, £3/£1) and Turf Moor (Burnley v Leeds on 27 November, £4/£2 and £1 for season ticket holders of both clubs)

Everton have also confirmed that their tie against Ipswich will be played at Goodison Park on Friday 8 December (no ticket details as yet) and Middlesbrough will take on Bolton Wanderers at the Riverside on Tuesday 12 December.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Non-League Finals Day 2018

The third FA Non-League Finals Day will take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 20th May 2018 and tickets are now on sale.

Featuring a double-header of both the FA Vase and FA Trophy finals, the main driver behind a day showcasing Non-League football was to keep alive the tradition of both competitions ending at the national stadium.

When they were being staged separately it seemed to be becoming harder to justify that, especially in a crowded football calendar, but the move has been a success.

The presence of Hereford in the 2016 FA Vase final may have skewed the attendance figures slightly but more than 38,000 brought tickets in 2017 to see South Shields and York City win the honours.

Prices are £25 for Adults, £10 for Concessions and £1 for Under-16's.

The FA Trophy Third Round Qualifying will take place on Saturday 25th November, York beginning their defence of the cup at home to Coalville and the Third Round Proper of the FA Vase will be on Saturday 2 December.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Hartlepool United FC

Pools have featured on the Affordable Football pages before with reduced prices for games at Victoria Park but it has usually been as a rallying cry ahead of a big six-pointer at the foot of League Two.

They may be a division lower these days but there is plenty of optimism in place as Craig Harrison's side slowly put together a promotion bid in the National League.

Fans seem to be enjoying the opportunity of seeing some new grounds as away supporters have been travelling in good numbers and the club want to recreate the positive atmosphere at home this weekend.

Tickets for the match against Aldershot on Saturday have been reduced to £10 Adults, £5 Concessions and £1 Under-16's and if you buy in advance you will get the same prices for the visit of Halifax Town on Tuesday 21 November.

And, they may hope it is their only season in Non-League football but that won't stop Hartlepool hoping to lift the FA Trophy at Wembley on Sunday 20 May.

Tickets are on sale for the third Non-League Finals Day, which combines both the Trophy and FA Vase showpieces, priced at £25 for Adults, £10 Concessions and just £1 for Under-16's.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Hallam FC Versus Dronfield Town

Sandygate, home of Hallam FC as they take on Dronfield Town

A bright, late Autumn afternoon at Hallam FC where it was free admission for all veterans and members of the armed forces for the local derby against Dronfield Town in the Northern Counties East League Division One.

A very healthy crowd of 384 (with usual admission prices of £5/£2.50) were in attendance as the visitors plundered three early goals to set themselves on the way to a 4-1 victory.

A special programme was produced for Remembrance Day and the teams were led out onto the field by members of the local British Legion.

The 'Last Post' was also played as the crowd fell silent before kick-off, scenes I'm sure were replicated up and down the country today.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

International Break Weekend Action

A third international break of the season will see some familiar grumbles about the lack of Premier League and Championship fixtures but there are a host of attractive matches taking place up and down the land this weekend.

Three different roads to Wembley are at their next step with matches in the FA Trophy Second Round Qualifying, FA Vase Second Round Proper and the Women's FA Cup First Round Proper.

The official FA website has full fixtures for all three competitions. 

Plenty of FA Vase ties will be £5 admission, such as the local derby between Sporting Khalsa and Bromsgrove Sporting.

Kids go free to this season's Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday 5 May 2018 with Adult tickets £15 and Concessions just £5.

A new group of England Under-17's will hope to match up to the recent achievements of the World Cup winners and they face Russia at Burton Albion on Saturday (1pm) with tickets priced at £3 Adults and £1.50 Concessions.

Four matches take place in the Essex Senior League Groundhop, starting at Barkingside on Friday evening when admission for the visit of Clapton is £5 including a commemorative progamme. 

Keep an eye out for clubs, such as Padiham FC, of the North West Counties Football League, where your season ticket for a Premier League or EFL club could get you reduced admission this weekend.

And Padiham are joined by a number of clubs, including Hallam FC and Mickleover Sports, in offering free admission to current and former military personnel to mark Remembrance Weekend.