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  1. Ah, Football, 'the beautiful game'. The thrills and spills ignite us, the passion fuels us and the hard grit and determination makes us who we are. But when it comes to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), I think of dark cold nights, train delays and international breaks. All of which we try to avoid but they always come back to haunt us. It's the most controversial footballing topic on the planet at this moment in time. We all have our opinions, some stronger than others. Some love it and some hate it, it's like Marmite, there's no in-between. But above all, do we really need it? For me, I certainly know what side I'm on. I hate it. As football fans, we complain constantly about referees. 'They're useless' and 'come on referee, get a grip' and similar things are said by many fans at games. Among thousands of fans each game, there will also be critics of refs who spoil a game by slowing it down. So, why does the Football Association find it appropriate to give referees even more time to decide on the outcome? This week, the head of UEFA came out publicly to confirm that VAR will be not used in the Champions League next season. He says it causes: (1) "a lot of confusion" and "If we, or I, can do something to make sure that the World Cup is not decided by a referee's mistakes, then I think it's our duty to do it." Doesn't that hamper VAR's chances of making it into every competitive competition? Well, one can only hope so! VAR is specifically used for goals, penalties, straight red cards, and mistaken identity. All of which are very important calls by any referee already, surely, we shouldn’t need another 'video assistant referee' to make the decision for another referee. (2) Report shows technology has been 98.9% accurate in decision-making. If that's the case, then what's the point in having a referee in the first place? The way technology is going in today's modern football, we'll end up with a robot as a referee. Ridiculous right? But I wouldn’t put it past the big boys at the top, throwing money left, right and centre at our beautiful game. Step forward a few months and the World Cup will be in full swing. Step back a few days (17th February) and remind yourselves of the horrors of VAR once again. Fans across the country were left bemused by a remarkably tight decision, when Manchester United midfielder and Spain international Juan Mata was deemed to be 'just' offside against Huddersfield Town which meant the decision could not be changed due to an 'unclear error' which can only be overturned if the decision was 'clear'. VAR caused outrage across social media, when the lines looked wonky, with some calling it a farce. Personally, I think it looks like it has been drawn on by a three-year-old. Maybe it was. All the money in modern football and they can't even afford a ruler! It's not just fans who have to deal with this peculiar system, it's lower league football, which should be a number one priority in English Football after the Premier League, so instead of the FA putting all their pennies into a project that isn't necessarily working (and never will!) why don’t they put their time into something worthy. I mean don’t get me wrong, we all love the beauties that the Premier League offers but when it comes to technology, it just ruins it. The outcome of VAR hangs in the balance. It's new to our game but something tells me this technology craze is only having a damaging effect on the future of the Premier League's reputation. In other countries, VAR has been tried and tested but when I think of technology, I think - can't we just go back to the good old days? The thrills and spills ignite us, the passion fuels us and 'our' team makes us who we are but when it comes to VAR, I Just hope it doesn’t catch on. But after all, at least we still have our 'beautiful game'. Share your thoughts about this opinion feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. The non-league is a great platform for players to progress further in their career as they seek the ultimate childhood dream of every youngster – playing professional football. The passion is immense and the standard of football improves year on year. The part-time structure in the National League Premier and the North/South divisions is evaporating and teams are adopting a full-time structure. I’ve been on the lookout for England’s top performers so far in this current campaign who could potentially make the step up into the Football League. Last season we saw Danny Lloyd, a Stockport County winger playing sixth-tier football. Previously, he thought about quitting football and concentrate solely on his day job but went on to join the Hatters from AFC Fylde in a bid to reignite his footballing career. After having a fantastic season, scoring 29 goals for Stockport, he was snapped up by Peterborough United, where he still plays today. Danny isn’t the first, or the last! This season, there’s many more (potentials). Danny Rowe – AFC Fylde Top Striker Danny L. Rowe has been AFC Fylde’s stand out player so far this season, scoring 15 goals in the National League. Rowe is a proven goal scorer at non-league level and has the ability to go further in the football pyramid as he continues to score goals for fun. Michael Nottingham – Salford City Salford City Right back Michael Nottingham has excelled this season in a strong side. Although he is playing full-time currently, he still earns interest from League sides. His tall versatile frame enables him not to just defend but score goals as well and is certainly one to watch for the future. Sean Newton – York City York City captain Sean Newton is a born leader on the field. He has plenty to offer, from his penalty kicks to his tracking back. Although aged 29, his experience outweighs his age. Newton can play left-back as well as left wing. Matty Kosylo – FC Halifax Town Matty Kosylo joined FC Halifax Town in 2016 and since then, he’s caused all sorts of problems for defenders with his pace. Matty is currently placing at his highest level in his career but is another great player that League football would cherish. Deren Ibrahim – Dartford FC Deren Ibrahim, an eight-time capped Gibraltar international, has a fantastic reach. Currently playing for Dartford. He has huge potential and has gained masses of experience over the years. Deren is certainly a keeper to watch. Top scorers so far this season National League: Danny L. Rowe – AFC Fylde (15 Goals) National North: Jon Parkin – York City (20 Goals) National South: Sam Higgins – East Thurrock United (17 Goals) Share your thoughts about this scouting feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. ChrisCrook

    Premier League Roundup: Gameweek 2

    Gameweek one in the Premier League impressed us massively, so we look at what gameweek two offered us. Swansea City welcomed an in-form Manchester United side to the Liberty stadium. Swansea started well in the opening stages but the United fortress continued to show, as they went one-nil ahead just before half time. The second half then showed United’s dominance under manager Jose Mourinho and as Swansea were without key striker Fernando Llorente, they struggled to muster up a response and cope with the pressure. Quick fire goals from Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial late on saw United claim a second successive 4-0 win and soar to the top of the table. Bournemouth look strong on paper and were expected to impress against Watford but a lack of class throughout the game enabled the Hornets to show their dominance. A tasty encounter for the neutral but a poor result in the main for the Cherries, losing 2-0. Burnley opened their account at Turf Moor this season, against an in-form West Bromwich Albion side on the chase for another victory, and they did just that, triumphing 1-0 The Clarets lacked cutting edge up front but with new signing Chris Wood arriving from Leeds United this week, they might just have an answer to their problems. Leicester City were unlucky last week against Arsenal and looked to get back to winning ways against newbies Brighton & Hove Albion. An extremely fast goal from Shinji Okazaki saw Leicester ahead, with just a minute played, and they went on to claim all three points. Brighton, however, are still yet to win a game in these early stages. Liverpool looked to bounce back from a 3-3 draw at Watford on the opening day and Crystal Palace were eager to put behind their 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town. Unfortunately for Palace, Jurgen Klopp's side edged a 1-0 win and sent the Eagles home empty handed. Southampton and West Ham lived up to all expectations! A cracking game of footbal lsaw the home side break Hammers hearts late on and claim a dramatic 3-2 win. Stoke City’s Bet365 Stadium is known to be a fortress and a very tricky place to go. Arsenal arrived full of confidence on the back of their 4-3 win over Leicester but Stoke were keen to spoil the party, a great solo goal from new signing Jese Rodriguez giving them a 1-0 win. Huddersfield Town started their Premier League campaign tremendously, and continued to prove fans wrong, and are yet to concede a goal, or lose in the top flight this season. They beat struggling Newcastle United 1-0 with a stunning goal from Aaron Mooy. Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea was a game everyone had their eyes on. With Tottenham’s history at Wembley being poor, they continued that run and lost 2-1 to Chelsea. Both sides looked capable of playing great football and will no doubt be in the top five come the end of the season. Our final game was a thrilling encounter. Wayne Rooney’s history at the Etihad Stadium was somewhat 'entertaining'? Maybe not for Manchester City fans, as the prolific striker put Everton ahead with a good goal after nice play by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. As the Toffees know, however, a game at the Etihad is never easy, and up stepped Raheem Sterling to give both sides a point a piece. Game of the week: Southampton 3-2 West Ham Player of the week: Stoke City’s Jese Rodriguez Team of the week: Manchester United One to watch: Wayne Rooney - already a Premier League legend, his England retirement will see him focus all his efforts on Everton. Could he have his best season for a while - and could Everton? Share your thoughts about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
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    Premier League Roundup: Gameweek 1

    The Premier League is finally back, and boy do we know it! From thrills to spills, this weekend of football has had it all. As the new campaign is under way, here’s a full showdown review of the first gameweek. Arsenal started their 2017/18 campaign with a win - just! With a winning goal from Oliver Giroud, the Gunners left it late to gain all three points at the Emirates Stadium against Leicester City. After a dream start with newbie Alexandre Lacazette scoring just two minutes into his Arsenal career, Leicester came fighting back looking strong on the break but ultimately succumbed to a 4-3 defeat. Foxes striker Jamie Vardy was certainly ‘one to watch’ based on gameweek one. Watford started strongly against Liverpool and were 2-1 up. Jurgen Klopp's side came back with intent after the break seeing them 3-2 ahead, with all three points in sight, before Miguel Britos struck to send the Merseysiders home with just a point. Chelsea had a horrific start to the season, the worst in some years. Gary Cahill was sent off early on and Burnley raced into a 3-0 lead, with star man Sam Vokes on fire. Chelsea fought back but fell short being 3-2 losers on the day. New signing Alvaro Morata made his mark, scoring his first goal for the Blues. Crystal Palace were left wounded by newbies Huddersfield Town as we welcome them to the Premier League with a 3-0 win - the Yorkshire side looked ruthless in front of goal but poor defending by Palace left them looking very much beatable week in, week out if no changes are made. Everton and Stoke City on paper implied a ‘close’ game and it was exactly that. All eyes were on Wayne Rooney as he stepped up and drilled his shot past England and Stoke keeper Jack Butland, ending 1-0 to Everton. Both teams are on the hunt for a Champions/Europa League spot come the end of the season. Southampton and Swansea City ended a goalless draw, with both sides matching each other across the park, a clean sheet was the only positive to take out the game for both defences, albeit a very important point on the board. West Bromwich Albion enjoyed an impressive campaign last season finishing their highest for some years. This season they’ve started as they mean to go on beating a decent Bournemouth side 1-0, which can only be a plus for manager Tony Pulis. Brighton & Hove Albion held a strong Manchester City side at bay for 70 minutes before world class striker Sergio Aguero ruined the party, and Brighton’s dream start came crashing down, ending 2-0 to Pep Guardiola's side. Tottenham Hotspur have been knocking on the door for a Premier League title and have come very close consequently. Newcastle United’s first game back in the Premier League, meanwhle, did not go according to plan, Jonjo Shelvey being sent off for a petulant stamp on Dele Alli. Spurs went on to win 2-0 and look sharp going forward into week two. Our final game saw Manchester United run out 4-0 winners over West Ham United, goals from Romelu Lukaku (x2), Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba placing Jose Mourinho’s new look side first place. The Hammers will need changes if they want to spark alight their campaign. Early stages yet, however, as we look forward to game week two, here’s some players/teams to watch out for. Star Man (Game one): Romelu Lukaku Team of the week: Huddersfield Town Game of the week: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City One to watch: Jamie Vardy Share your thoughts about this Premier League roundup on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. The wait is finally over. The Premier League is all set and ready to begin. All eyes will be set towards the game between Arsenal and Leicester City game on Friday night as the first fixture of the 2017/18 season will be played under the Emirates floodlights. The Gunners will look to continue their winning ways after a thrilling encounter at Wembley which saw them triumph on penalties against London rivals Chelsea, as new signings Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac will look to impress their new fanbase. Leicester, on the other hand, are hoping to get this campaign off to a winning start in a bid to hopefully enjoy something more like the 2015/16 season than the one which ended a few months ago. The Foxes have kept hold of key players this year - so far, anyway - and also added solid signings to the fray. Newbie Kelechi Iheanacho is set to make his debut after signing this summer and Harry Maguire is also likely to come under the spotlight. Arsenal are the bookies favourite but a strong Leicester side awaits. As the new season begins, sit back, relax and enjoy the joys of the Premier League and everything the beautiful game has to offer as we usher in the 17/18 season. Arsenal team news Arsenal will be without defender Laurent Koscielny due to a ban. Per Mertesacker suffered a bad head wound recently against Chelsea so he could be a doubt as well as Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, due to fitness doubts. Key player Alexis Sanchez is also ruled out. Leicester team news Midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Vicente Iborra sit out because of muscle injuries. Robert Huth is also in doubt to start as he is still recovering from an ankle injury. Share your thoughts about this preview article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. The FA Cup is full of thrills and spills and, on the day, anything can happen. Every year, we see at least one cup upset, and the 2016-17 edition is no different - in fact, just eight Premier League sides are in the fifth round (which could drop to seven if Leicester City lose in their replay to Derby County). However, the bulk of the credit needs to go to Lincoln City and Sutton United, the two non-league sides still left in the competition. The two sides, both In the National League, have been superb this year. Getting to the fourth round Is a massive achievement for any non-league side but getting to last 16 is nothing short of a dream. In the fourth round, Lincoln and Sutton beat Championship sides - the Imps beating Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 and Sutton triumphing over Leeds 1-0 and for both sides, the good fortune continues, both bagging a Premier League side. Lincoln will face Burnley and Sutton will face Arsenal. I interviewed Lincoln City fan Paul Bee this week on the topic of the FA Cup, and he told me: "I thought It was a decent draw, a Premier League club and a great day out for players and fans, and to add to this, another TV coverage which means a big pay day for the club. There is a buzz around the place, something that has been lacking for at least 10 years since our play-off semi finals." Later on in the conversation, I asked Paul if he thought the Imps could make It through to the sixth round - the quarter-finals of the cup - and of course he was fairly optimistic, as any underdog fan would be. He said: "It is a big ask to beat Burnley at Turf Moor with their home record - however, If we can sneak a draw and bring them back to Sincil bank, then who knows." The talk over Sutton United playing at a bigger ground for the Arsenal game has been answered by Sutton's chairman, who told BBC Sport: "We have proven we can have a full house and the police have been very happy. We have every intention of the game going ahead at Sutton because that is what the FA Cup is all about." This is the third time since 2000 that a non-league side has made the fifth round of the FA Cup. This year two non-league sides have got this far, so it is extra special. Lincoln's game will be played on 18 February and Sutton's game will be played two days later. So sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the FA Cup. Share your thoughts about this article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  7. 5000/1? You’re having a laugh! Leicester City Football Club are a historic club, being founded in 1884, and 132 years later, the Foxes took part in one of the greatest Premier League stories ever, if not the best. Being backed 5000/1 by the bookies to win the Premier League, it basically meant "if you spend a pound, you will lose a pound." It was all but impossible for the Foxes to win the league and if you were to have asked a Leicester fan at the start of the season, then they would certainly agree that it was “impossible”. However, what was about to happen next was truly remarkable. The Foxes started the 2015-16 campaign with a 4-2 win over Sunderland and their form would only get better and better, picking up from how they did at the tail end of the previous season. Then by Christmas they were top of the league and fans started to dream (not quite "believe" just yet though) that it was possible. Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker told the nation that if Leicester won the Premier League, “I will present on match of the day in my underwear”. A bold statement after great form from the Foxes and, for what was about to happen next, Gary was about to be left red-faced. I spoke to Leicester City fan @L_Dutfield_89 if he believed the fairy-tale would happen. He said: "I believed we could win the league after we went to the Etihad Stadium winning 3-1. I can remember arriving to Manchester for the early kick off and was not nervous about us losing. On paper with their squad and ours, they should have demolished Leicester. Do not get me wrong, I always believed in LCFC. We won at the likes of Everton, West Ham & Swansea that are tough places to get points but we took away maximum points from fixtures like that. I was watching the CFC V THFC game at my girlfriend’s house in Loughborough - after Chelsea drew, securing us the title I had to drive the 25 miles back to my house. In addition, I purposely drove through the centre of Leicester and I had never seen anything like it, it was virtually gridlocked in the city and like a carnival atmosphere. Leicester fans lined the streets with scarves, smoke bombs. Horns hooting, fans chanting. The real celebrations set in at the last home game against Everton where the beer flowed lovely. And I mention a shout out to many Everton fans that made the trip down to give their tickets to the Leicester fans without one so they could see their team lift the trophy." Tottenham, hot on Leicester’s heels, were pipped at the post by Chelsea drawing 2-2 to make Leicester win the Premier League against all odds. The hopes and dreams of all Foxes fans became a reality, yes, Leicester City (5000/1) were champions. Quite frankly, well deserved. @L_Dutfield_89 added: “My thoughts were that it can't happen, I've seen my team home and away through some sticky times, and some heartbreaking games. Play-off defeats away to Cardiff and Watford, administration, players playing for free. Having bogey teams such as Reading and Millwall. What made it more surreal was the season before where we pulled off the great escape and everyone had tipped us to be relegated after appointing Ranieri, 5000-1 odds and against all odds my boyhood team won one of the best trophies in football. In addition, we had Tottenham hot on our heels desperate to catch us up. Then there was that game at Stamford Bridge. Watching that praying for Chelsea to get a result we see Tottenham 2-0 up, my nerves were shredded because they looked like they'd catch us, then there was Eden Hazard unmarked to curl in a beauty past them right in front of their travelling supporters." The great story of Leicester’s fairy tale was certainly one to remember for the footballing world, many childhood dreams from fans became true and the “never quit” attitude was installed into people across the world. It is fair to say that this great Premier League story will never be forgotten, for all the right reason. As to what will happen to Leicester City Football club hangs firmly in the balance but we can always say that Foxes never quit. 5000/1? You’re having a laugh! Claudio Ranieri: "Football Is about dreams, and about feeling a special sensation, giving a surprise and Inspiring journey” Gary Lineker: "This is actually Impossible” Share your thoughts about this feature on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  8. The EFL Championship is renowned for being an extremely tough league, but the reward of reaching the promised land of the Premier League makes it worthwhile for all 24 teams. For those who struggle, however, the outcome is a drop to League One, a tough and unglamorous league which is also very difficult to get out of, as Sheffield United fans will confirm. So who are these teams struggling in the Championship relegation zone and what are their chances of survival? Rotherham United: Grab your Jackett as Kenny leaves the Millers Rotherham United currently sit rock bottom in the Championship in 24th place after a very poor start to the season, with only seven points on the table and only one win in 18 games, over Brentford in late August. The doom and gloom has well and truly set in, and to make matters worse at this current stage, Kenny Jackett quit as Millers manager after only 39 days in charge. Rotherham have had an abysmal November, losing to Preston North End, Derby County and Leeds United, and with a busy December approaching, they will look to start afresh and kickstart their season - amid reported budget cuts and fan unrest. Cardiff City: Bluebirds caught sitting on the fence Cardiff City, the only Welsh side to feature in the Championship, have started slowly this season. Their precarious position in the drop zone after a strong eighth-placed finish last season is a shock among many fans. Ricky Lambert, with four goals, and Antony Pilkington, with three, both have Premier League experience and have provided some added hope to Cardiff's survival hopes. Manager Neil Warnock will be looking at Ricky and Antony to bolster their side's performance as he looks to climb the table desperately and remain in the Championship. The Bluebirds fixtures come thick and fast in December, but they will be looking for vital points in winnable games. For me, I don’t think Cardiff will be relegated this season with the expertise of Warnock and the strong calibre that the club has, but Cardiff’s next couple of games will be crucial for the team. Wigan Athletic: Latics caught chasing “fire” after a slow burner Wigan enjoyed a perfect 2015-16 campaign in League One, finishing top of the table, winning 24 games and losing only seven. However, this year, the Latics are struggling to make ends meet after being promoted into the Championship as the tables have turned, almost literally - they have already lost eight games out of 18 played. Wigan will look towards star man Will Grigg after ‘the season of his career’, scoring 28 goals in all competitions and enjoying a cult song about being on fire which was sang across clubs, festivals and other social gatherings the world over. Grigg's fine form last season was key to their successful promotion campaign, and he will be hoping to build on his respectable start of six goals. Only time will tell for Warren Joyce’s Wigan but their fairy-tale season in 2015/16 has certainly come to an end - time to get back to reality. Wolverhampton Wanderers: Wolves left howling for survival Wolverhampton Wanderers currently sit 21st in the Championship on 18 points and one place above the drop zone. Their season will not get any easier as a rush of December games are due to be played, all of which are very tough fixtures. Wolves have plenty of goal scorers this season but have been poor at the back, conceding too many goals and costing them valuable points. Experienced manager Paul Lambert will not settle for second best but the hopes and dreams of being promoted into the Premier League slowly fades. --- Blackburn Rovers and Burton Albion will have to pick up as many points as possible in a bid to remain in the Championship as both teams sit just outside the relegation zone in 19th and 20th place respectively. Conclusion The pace - or lack thereof - has certainly been set in the Championship, and it would not be a surprise if all of the teams relegated at the end of the season come from the above list. However, there is still a long way to go, and there will be plenty of chances for things to be put right - not least the January transfer window.
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    Portsmouth: The season so far

    Portsmouth Football Club, also known as “Pompey”, has enjoyed a superb reputation past and present. Fratton Park has staged some fantastic football in recent years, with the likes of ex-England internationals Jermaine Defoe, David James and Sol Campbell featuring in past successful squads and claiming silverware in the form of the 2007-08 FA Cup, as well as playing in the Europa League. Currently playing in League Two, Pompey underwent a rapid decline which saw them hit rock bottom financially, before plummeting down from the Premier League to the bottom tier of the Football League, where they continue to play today. After a tough couple of years on and off the field for Portsmouth, fans decided that enough was enough and, in 2013, Pompey became the largest fan-owned club in England. The Portsmouth Supporters Trust, aka the PST, have worked wonders for the club, which now has a new sense of purpose and optimism. Gary Roberts and Carl Baker, with seven goals and six goals respectively, have done a great job for Portsmouth, who currently sit fourth in League Two and harbouring real ambition of promotion. Portsmouth manager Paul Cook told BBC Sport this week that he will move ‘heaven and earth’ to bring promotion this season, and that "if we don’t get promoted this year, I swear I will have done my best for them". We will see what happens over the coming months with regards to Pompey's rise from the bottom tier of the Football League - they are certainly a team to watch. Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  10. The National League North, founded in 2004, has been the home of fierce competition, passion on and off the pitch and a real desire to succeed. Six divisions from the Premier League, the level of football in the National North is certainly not ‘world class’, but it still has Its thrills. This season, there has been some brilliant football played and the level of competition is higher than ever, with very little separating the teams in playoff contention. High-flyers AFC Fylde are coasting in first position on 37 points and Darlington 1883 occupy second spot with 33, so the benchmark is set for the teams underneath them. Former National League team FC Halifax Town sit comfortably in third on 30 points, level with Chorley just underneath them. At the opposite end of the table, Altrincham, Stalybridge Celtic and Bradford Park Avenue are rooted in the relegation zone. With only a combined 20 points claimed between the three sides and seven points between 20th place and 19th, the battle at the bottom continues in a bid to stay in the National North. Middle of the table, meanwhile, shows Kidderminster, Gloucester City, Brackley Town and Stockport County all knocking on the door for a playoff place. A welcome distraction from the league is the beauty of the FA Cup, which allows non-league sides in to progress and each season it doesn’t disappoint. Last year we saw National North team Salford City beat Football League side Notts County 2-0 in the first round on the BBC, which put non-league sides on the map. Salford were then beaten 2-0 in an away fixture at Hartlepool United in what was their best FA Cup run to this date, but the romance had been delivered. This year, five National North teams will have the opportunity to get Into the second round proper, earning £18,000. Ex-Manchester United midfielder and England international Paul Scholes, in fact, told The Guardian that he prefers the Non-League to the Premier League. He said: "I probably do enjoy watching Salford more. I don’t know if it’s as much that I don’t like the hassle of going to the game, getting in, sitting in traffic. Going to Salford, I park up behind the goal and get out of my car. "But I genuinely get more enjoyment from watching even my son’s team, Royter Town. It’s like a men’s team, but he’s 16. He started playing a few games for them last season. I went to watch him once, it was 5-4. It’s just entertainment." As we keep an eye on the National North League this season, the thrills and spills continue to impress fans. From the first tier to the sixth tier, we can truly say that we love this beautiful game, football. Share your thoughts about this feature on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.

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