It may perhaps seem strange to be writing this story during a weekend of Premier League and Championship action, but it is something that I feel pretty passionate about and I am urging you all to think ahead.
If you weren’t already aware, next weekend is an international break, I am sorry to pass on that news to you, when I realised a few days ago I admit to uttering a couple of expletives, I cannot stand the breaks for national teams to play. As an Englishman I acknowledge that I should have more interest in the England team, and during tournaments I do get involved, but like most football fans my attitude is very much club before country.
This particular break is worse than ever though, qualification for the European Championships is over so England will only be involved in a couple of friendlies, there are however play off games happening that might provide some entertainment. So what can the ‘thinking’ football fan do next weekend for their fix? Well personally I will be spending my Saturday afternoon at Bower Fold, the home of Stalybridge Celtic for a Conference North fixture between ‘the Badgers’ and Histon.
Those who read my articles regularly will be fully aware that I am a Manchester City fan, and I have been since birth. I was born and raised in the City, and moved to Stockport when I was a teenager, I began to watch the Hatters when City were away from home and that is something I have continued to do to the present day. While Roberto Mancini and his team are down in London this Saturday afternoon to play QPR, I will be watching County taking on Hayes & Yeading as they try to turn around their ailing season.
During most international weekends there is still football being played in League 1 and below, right through the non-league system. It is a fantastic time for football fans to go and support a smaller team, a club that are in desperate need of support and the money from a boosted crowd. The upcoming break however see’s League 1, 2, and the conference all given the weekend off as well as they shift their focus to the FA Cup, but the conference North and South are still in full swing and on Saturday 12th November I urge as many of you as possible to go and support one of these ailing clubs.