The Premier League has taken another break this weekend – but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of football for you to go and watch.
As the well-paid stars of the top clubs in the country head off on international duty, the grafting players of the non-league clubs will welcome fans more accustomed to days out costing almost a weekly wage.
Non-league clubs around the country are using this weekend to increase attendances at grounds as Premier League fans fill a void in their plans.
There’s enough reasons to get involved in the Non League Day action as well. For one, the grounds are a lot closer to your home, and you are much closer to the action.
And without the movement for TV, massive police presences and increased cost on almost everything, it’s a cheap day out for the family to watch players who play for the love of the game and fans who go to a 3pm Saturday kick off.
Dover Athletic in action
We’ve got a special gadget, with data provided by the Ground Hopper app, to help you find a game to get to near you. Stick your postcode in and get off to a game (remember your brolly too, it’ll probably rain and there’s not that many roofs about).
The gadget we’ve built covers matches from the Vanarama National League down to step 6 of the English Football Pyramid for games played over this weekend.
What is #nonleagueday?
The website for the initiative says: “Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock.
“It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.”
Here’s a few picks that you could head off to near to towns in Kent
Within 20km of Dartford
Dartford FC v Bognor Regis Town FC
A National League South game at Princes Park on Saturday, kicking off at 3pm.
Romford FC v Hastings United FC
An FA Trophy qualification game, kicking off at 13.30 on Sunday.
Grays Athletic FC v Norwich United
An FA Trophy Qualification game on Saturday at 3pm.
Hackney Wick v Clapton FC
Head into London to the Old Spotted Dog Ground on Saturday afternoon for this 3pm Essex Senior Football League kick off.
Within 20km of Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells FC v Crowborough Athletic
Southern Counties East League Premier Division game kicking off at 3pm on Saturday.
Tonbridge Angels v Wingate & Finchley FC
3pm kick off on Saturday for this Bostik League Premier Division at Longmead Stadium.
Within 20km of Hastings
Little Common FC vs Oakwood FC
Saturday at 3pm for this Southern Combination Division One fixtures.
Within 20km of Dover
Deal Town v Corinthian FC
The Southern Counties East League Premier Division game kicks off on Saturday, at 3pm.
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