Make a note of Saturday 4th September, because more likely than not you currently won’t have any plans for that date. Rovers are not playing because of the international break, and the international teams for which they have broken are not playing because UEFA have decided that Friday nights are when football should be played. So what you need is an excuse to get out of the DIY, or a reason to avoid a visit to the in-laws, and ideally something that suggests you are evading these delights to support a good cause. Well, then you’re in luck, for Saturday 4th September heralds the first Non-League Day.
A concept from Harrow Borough supporter James Doe, Non-League Day is a celebration of grass-roots football – an attempt to get those who would normally spend their weekend watching Premier League or Championship football to instead offer their support to their local non-league sides. As Doe himself says on the campaign’s website “Given the current financial climate, clubs outside the Football League need all the support they can get, so your presence at a game will be genuinely appreciated.” Given Rovers own recent five-year non-league excursion, plus my family’s involvement in football in Rossington and North Wales this is a campaign Viva Rovers fully endorses. And so in the run up to 4th September we’ll be bringing a few non-league themed articles to keep Non League Day fresh in your minds.
Ten months ago, I wrote a piece for Doncaster Rovers fanzine Popular STAND about the attraction of non-league football. So, as a lead in to our Non-League Day build-up we’ll nudge you back in the direction of that article, which is linked here, via it’s title; Playing Away