Football


Although confusion and conjecture continue to reign, the English Football League (EFL) have moved to clarify a number of key points regarding the coronavirus affected 2019-20 season, writes Tom Howe. On Wednesday, the Board met to discuss matters, including the indicative vote taken by League Two clubs and the League One impasse which both came …

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 …

When it comes to global lockdown fashion, Taunton Town are ahead of the curve after one supporter helped to launch club-branded face masks in Japan, writes Andrew Clayton. Ben Mabley, who hails from the Somerset town, works as a Japanese-language commentator on Premier League and European football programmes. Despite moving to Osaka after university to …

English Football League chairman Rick Parry says changes are needed in order to guarantee the financial security of clubs in the professional football pyramid. In an address made to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee earlier this week, regarding the impact of coronavirus, Parry said that clubs could face a ‘£200m hole’ by September. …

League Two club chiefs remain ‘extremely doubtful’ that football will return this season, The Independent can exclusively reveal. The Football League has been suspended since mid-March over the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, with at least ten fixtures still to play for some clubs in the professional pyramid. Hopes had been expressed last month that teams …

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 …