When Lincoln City and Enfield met in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy in March 1988, it marked a transitional point in the history of non-League football which, Ian King says, is surprisingly healthy today despite the Premier League's hegemony.
"Let's go for a little walk" is Havant & Waterlooville's terrace victory tune, as your editor discovered when they played Lewes recently in a Conference South clash. Our resident non-league expert, Ian King, thinks they'll be singing that tune either way after they head to Anfield this weekend, explaining the past and present of the potential giant-killers.
Our recent series on non-league football attracted considerable attention, as we explored the strengths and weaknesses of the foundation of the English game below the Premier League and the Football League. Ian King will be writing regularly for us on the non-league game and kicks his column off by telling us what you need to know about non-league.
Editor’s note: Ian King, author of the exceptional 200percent football blog, will be writing periodically on English lower league football for pitchinvasion.net. Here he addresses the latest twists in Leeds’ increasingly problematic plight, and urges Leeds supporters to take matters into their own hands. I’ve heard it said before that choosing the football team that…