Non League Day

The second Non League Day falls on September 3rd this year. England’s Euro 2012 qualifier in Bulgaria the night before means a blank weekend for fans of Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough – and the perfect opportunity for non-league teams to get more people through the gate. Taking up the challenge, the Blue Square North has organised a three-match Non League Hop with staggered kick-offs and souvenir t-shirts, Rugby Town are hosting a seven-a-side tournament for fans of professional clubs, and a number of sides, including Wealdstone, Hitchin Town, Hastings United and Worcester City, are offering specially reduced admission prices. The response so far from north-east clubs has been underwhelming to say the least, with only Gosforth Bohemians – who are officially opening their clubhouse and producing a one-off programme for their game against Cramlington Town – announcing any special plans for the day.

So why should you go along? With almost 100 goals in the Northern League’s opening round of games alone, you’re guaranteed plenty of action at either end of the pitch. The players are committed, the facilities often much better than you’d expect and it won’t put a strain on your pocket. The most you’ll pay for an adult ticket is £6 at Spennymoor Town and Whitley Bay, with normal prices £5 in Northern League Division One and £4 in Division Two (OAPs are generally half price and many clubs let in Under-16s for £1). The average ticket price in the Wearside League is £2, while entry is free to most Northern Alliance clubs.

Give it a go.

The fixtures in full:

FA Cup Preliminary Round
(Admission £5 for adults unless stated)

Ashington vs Northallerton Town
Bedlington Terriers vs Billingham Town
Dunston UTS vs Durham City
Guisborough Town vs Shildon
Hebburn Town vs Whitehaven (£4)
Newcastle Benfield vs South Shields
Penrith vs Billingham Synthonia
Spennymoor Town vs Sunderland RCA (£6)
Whitley Bay vs Marske United (£6)

Northern League Division One

Bishop Auckland vs Jarrow Roofing
Consett vs Stokesley Sports Club
Tow Law Town vs Norton and Stockton Ancients

Northern League Division Two

Birtley Town vs Crook Town
Brandon United vs Thornaby
Darlington RA vs Easington Colliery
Esh Winning vs Morpeth Town
Gillford Park vs Chester le Street Town
Horden CW vs North Shields
Seaham Red Star vs Ryton and Crawcrook Albion
Washington vs Alnwick Town

Wearside League (2pm or 2.30pm kick off)

Prudhoe Town vs Cleator Moor Celtic (Monkwearmouth Cup)
Annfield Plain vs Bolton CA (Shipowners Cup)
Ashbrooke Belford House vs Darlington Cleveland Bridge (Shipowners Cup)
Wolviston vs Kirkbymoorside (Shipowners Cup)
Hartlepool vs Ryhope CW
Coxhoe Athletic vs Sunderland West End
Gateshead Leam Rangers vs Peterlee Town
Redcar Athletic vs Jarrow
Stockton Town vs Silksworth Rangers

Northern Football Alliance (2.30pm kick off)

There’s a full programme of 21 games in the three divisions of the Alliance. Percy Main Amateurs are at home to Walker Central (£2 admission including free programme) and champions Ponteland United host last season’s First Division winners Hebburn Reyrolle (£1). Seaton Delaval Amateurs play neighbours Blyth Town while Gosforth Bohemians take on near neighbours Cramlington Town at Benson Park (£2 including free programme). In Cumbria, Carlisle City, Alston and Harraby Catholic all have home games.

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