Locked doors, and husbands to the rescue: The Beauty of the National League

For some, watching your favourite football club for ninety minutes is a perfect escape from the stresses of the working world – not for one man.

During Tranmere Rovers’ recent trip to Victoria Park to Hartlepool United, the moment of the match was not the goals, the atmosphere or anything on the pitch.

Heard during the 24th minute on the Public Announcement speakers: “Will …. please report to reception, your wife is locked out of the house.” A moment that took away from any action on the turf.

In fitting with the community of National League football, this humorous request brought with it, laughs and a heartwarming touch, as it reminded us of the Beauty often overlooked at this level.

It has been hard for football fans in the United Kingdom to take their gaze away from the millions thrown around on the Premier League elite stage, but every now and again sides in the Conference and below grab the headlines, with events considered inconceivable higher up the divisions.



Wayne Shaw of Sutton United ate a pasty during an FA Cup tie (image: DailyStar)

When Arsenal faced lowly outfit Sutton United in the latter stages of the FA Cup much of the support around the UK was behind The U’s but it was one man who took centre stage, despite not featuring.

Wayne Shaw was shown eating a pasty [or a pie] on live-television while as a substitute for the fixture, in spite of all the trouble it caused, it made for a comical moment as The Gunners got their first of Non-league.

The Wealdstone Raider


The Wealdstone Raider became an overnight success after confronting away supporters (image: Daily Mirror)

“You want some?” We did, and so did what seemed like the whole of the world as Gordon Hill, supporter of Wealdstone FC become an internet sensation following his antics and chanting towards the opposition in 2013.

Sparking a music single, t-shirts and £10,000 in charity, the footballing world fell in love with the 51-year-old who was just sticking up for his local side.

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Sometimes, its the real human stuff that makes non-league what it is, as earlier this year @BaldockTownfc tweeted their apologies in the sudden halt of live-tweeting as their correspondent entered the match as a substitute.

Professionalism is key to running elite football clubs, but non-league football has never been about corporate success, and this example highlights, what it is about – people volunteering their time to football.


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