Local Football


With the country in lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis, people have been finding different ways to get their sporting fix, writes Tom Howe. Some have taken to watching live action from far flung, unlocked down corners of the world while others have been enjoying reruns of memorable moments gone by. Documentaries have been a big …

Hallen have made a statement of intent by announcing a new third team for the 2020-21 season, writes Andrew Clayton. The Western League stalwarts had up to four senior sides playing at one stage, but had to cut back in order to safeguard the club’s future. However, the South Gloucestershire side will now bring back …

Vice-chairman Gary Bailey says Portland United’s purchase of their home ground provides an opportunity for those involved with the club to create a legacy for generations to come, writes Tom Howe. The club launched a major fundraising campaign to purchase Grove Corner – known as the Weyline Stadium for sponsorship reasons – from Crown Estate …

Joe White says he is joining a club with a lot of potential having been appointed as player-manager of Western League Division One side Longwell Green Sports, writes Tom Howe. White, who recently completed a UEFA B licence in coaching football, pipped a host of other candidates for the role vacated by Mitch Hodge, who …

The future of reserve team football at non-league level hangs in the balance, say those involved in the game, writes Andrew Clayton. For almost the entire history of competitive football, second string sides have provided a chance for players and managers to gain valuable experience for themselves and their club, all the while creating a …

It’s the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one at Mousehole AFC, with the announcement that reserves’ manager Harry Tonkin has decided to stand down. The 31-year old is a genuine club stalwart, having started playing for ‘Mousehole Minis’ at the age of six, progressing through the ranks to senior football, …

Up to 50 representatives of Nailsea and Tickenham Football Club (N&T) are using their daily exercise allowance to help support the most vulnerable members of their community, writes Tom Howe. Led by captain Chris Gale, the club have teamed up with the town’s fruit and vegetable provider S&R Burchills, as well as their local Tesco …

The face of Cornish football could be set for a major revamp, with an amalgamation featuring the county’s East Cornwall, Duchy, Combination and Trelawny Leagues potentially on the cards, writes Tom Howe. Grassroots football, alongside sporting events across the globe, has been impacted massively by the ongoing coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic – with the United Kingdom …