As we’ve mentioned a few times this week Saturday 4th September is Non-League Day, a campaign for people, particularly those who would normally watch Premier League or Championship football, to make use of the international break to get out and support their local non-league teams. And having watched a hell of a lot of non-league football over the years (including five years of Doncaster in the Conference) we are well behind this initiative.
Of course if your football watching experience has been confined to the Keepmoat or the television over the years then you maybe wondering where exactly you can head to participate in Non-League Day. Fret not as Viva Rovers has done the hard work to pick out three local 3pm kick-offs (and one not so local) for you to take a pick from. So, here’s where you can watch grass-roots football this non-league day;
1. Rossington Main vs Yorkshire Amateur (Northern Counties East League Division One)
This is our pick of the games, primarily due to personal bias as my dad is manager of Rossington Main. The Colliery hadn’t had the best of starts to the season, but as we write this they have begun to turn the corner with a 3-2 victory at Teversal. Very much a community club these days, almost all the players in a very young Main squad are Rossington lads and they have started to make modest but much-needed upgrades to the facilities at Oxford Street. Get yourself down to this game and you’ll be able to sample the delights of their new pitchside Club House. The Colliery play at the foot of Oxford Street in Rossington, just past the Welfare Grounds. Perfect for those on the south side of the town.
2. Armthorpe Welfare vs Farsley AFC (Northern Counties East League Premier Division)
Just a couple of miles away and a division up from Rossington Main are Armthorpe Welfare who this Saturday entertain Farsley AFC at their Welfrae Ground. Farsley AFC were formed just this summer, following the demise of Conference side Farsley Celtic so are probably the newest club you could watch this Non-League Day.
3. Frickley Athletic vs Marine (Evo-Stick Northern Premier League)
For those to the north of the town your best bet for local non-league action is Northern Premier League Frickley Athletic, who entertain Mersey-side Marine at their ground off Westfield Lane in South Elmsall. As part of the Non-League Day fun Frickley are offering free entry to anyone with a season ticket to a Premier League or Championship club, so if you are taking your Rovers season ticket along please make sure you spend generously at the snack-bar.
4.Worcester City vs Nuneaton (Conference North)
Though Viva Rovers is overseas at present we should give a nod to our own local club Worcester City who will be looking to continue their decent start to the season against Nuneaton at St Georges Lane. Best of luck to them.