With the Premier League and Championship having a weekend off, Sport-locker.net are fully getting behind Non-League Day!
And the North West of the UK is going NLD crazy, with a triple header of back to back games in the Cheshire Set get a chance to shine as Macclesfield Town, Stockport County and Hyde take the stage.
Blue Square Bet, now in its sixth year of Football Conference sponsorship, has produced a day for all football fans to savour and is putting on ‘free’ coaches to make it possible for fans to attend all three games on the day.
The day kicks off at 12.30pm, as early promotion candidates Macclesfield Town and Newport County go head-to-head. Fans will then make the short trip to Stockport County for the 3.30pm kick off, to watch them take on Kidderminster Harriers, who are desperate to make up for their bad start to the campaign. The final game sees newly promoted Hyde take on Tamworth at 6.30pm.
Sky Sports commentator and Non-League Day ambassador Martin Tyler said: “My passion for football was nurtured by Non-League football as both a player and a supporter before I started my broadcasting career.
“I am eternally grateful for those roots. I have never forgotten them and over the last seven years it has been a joy to return to them as a part-time coach at first Walton & Hersham and now Kingstonian. Non-League Day is a chance to celebrate the 40,000 semi-professional and amateur clubs in the UK and I am honoured to help fly the flag.”
Non-League Day (NLD) is a celebration of the semi-pro, amateur game and also the professional ranks at the top of the pyramid. It’s a chance for fans of bigger clubs to experience football at a level they may be otherwise unfamiliar with.
Set to coincide with a blank weekend in the Barclays Premier League and npower Championship due to International Matches – the initiative first took place in September 2010, proving a huge success. In 2011 attendances were boosted at games up and down the country.