It’s Non-League Day 2017: Here’s how to find a game to watch in your area

If you’re at a loss this weekend because of the international football break, then help is at hand.

This weekend is Non-League Day, which will see fans up and down the country heading to grounds and games that might normally struggle to attract a big crowd.

The event – which this year covers games being played from Friday October 6 to Sunday October 8 – began in 2010.

It always takes place during the international break, meaning there is no Premier League or Championship football being played.

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The official Non-League Day website states: “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.”

Basford United in action

Basford United in action

While fans can still watch League One and Two matches this weekend – including Notts County’s home match against Forest Green Rovers – the movement to encourage people to support smaller, volunteer-led community clubs clubs has gathered momentum.

But what if you don’t know if any non-league games going on near you? Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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With the Trinity Mirror Data Unit and mobile app Ground Hopper, we’ve created a widget that will show you your nearest matches.

Just enter your postcode below and state how far you’re willing to travel, then press search, and we will show you what options you have.

For example, you could go and watch Basford United in action against Peterborough Sports in an FA Trophy qualification match.

Alternatively, how about Arnold Town versus Anstey Nomads FC in the East Midlands Counties League?

The widget covers games from League One, League Two and the Vanarama National League, right down to step 6 of the English football pyramid.

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