Football


In light of the coronavirus pandemic, The Football Association (FA) this week announced that the 2019-20 football season has been terminated with all results considered ‘null and void’ for all clubs competing in The National League System (Steps Three to Seven).  Despite a record breaking run of 24 consecutive league wins and riding high at …

The bracing impact of coronavirus upon grassroots sport has been felt by every individual involved, but particularly by those who also work in the medical field. Doctors, nurses, physicians and carers in the West Country, and the entire nation, have all been put under enormous strain in recent weeks as Covid-19 grips harder. As a …

As the middle man between football clubs and the FA, league secretaries have had the unenviable task as of late in trying to combat this season’s fixture backlog, writes Andrew Clayton. Endless poor weather has caused a chain reaction of postponements across the West Country, while developments surrounding the spread of coronavirus mean the Southern …

This is a celebratory year for sport in west Wiltshire, with Westbury United Football Club marking their centenary with a series of events throughout 2020. Currently playing in the Western League Premier Division, the year is a special one for a club who were formed in 1920 when Westbury Old Comrades FC and Westbury Great …

Frustrated clubs in the West Country have hit out at the FA for refusing to grant leagues an extension to the season, to cope with an increasing fixture backlog brought on by the weather, writes Andrew Clayton. Both the Western League and the South West Peninsula League revealed this week that appeals to football’s governing …

Bitton manager Dan Langdon is not getting ahead of himself over Wembley hopes, after the Western League club earned their place in the FA Vase semi-finals last weekend, writes Andrew Clayton. Four goals from Liam Bishop was more than enough as the Ton came away from Eastern Counties League side Wroxham with a 4-0 win, …

Many years ago, the word shameful was associated with football to describe the actions of so called supporters, who plagued the game with despicable acts of violence on the terraces, writes Gareth Davies. Thankfully, those days are very much in the past, mainly due to the introduction of all-seater stadiums and improvements carried out after …

There are two sides to every story. As a substituted Dele Alli threw a water bottle to the floor before providing the same treatment to his boots, Ethan Ampadu was enjoying applause from the pocket of RB Leipzig fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, writes Tom Howe. In only his seventh appearance for the German high-flyers, …