Tuktuk Day 32

Non-League Day

Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s just a few weeks to Non-League Day.

Non-League Day is a day set aside in English football where supporters of clubs playing at the highest levels of the game are encouraged to experience football at non-league level with which they may be unfamiliar.

The idea was suggested in 2010 by James Doe. It is a non-profit and volunteer-run initiative and is set to coincide with a break in fixtures in the football calendar when Premier League and Championship sides do not have games. This is so that international fixtures can be played and top level players will be on international duty. It has received widespread backing from the Premier League and from Football League clubs as well as MPs, media organisations, charities and from non-league clubs themselves. The Football Association also gives its backing to the campaign. Clubs often look to this day for a boost in attendance figures and offer reduced admittance prices to fans of other clubs for games played on Non-League Day. Clubs can also offer incentives for fans to attend. In August 2014 Bungay Town handed-out mushrooms to supporters attending their match with Martham in the Anglian Combination League Division Two doubling their normal match-day attendance to 100.

…and there’s more! Ian Bailey is famous for the NLD badges. He explains,

“Ahead of the 18/19 Season NLD I suggested to James Doe that we sell pin badges to promote the event and any money raised go Prostate Cancer UK who already were engaged alongside NLD.

These are purchased funded by my company IBCDM and then once badges are sold money repaid then all profit is sent to PCUK. Following 2023 NLD a sum of £534 was sent on from badge sales alone.

We only purchase a limited number supplied by Gorilla Badges and once sold no more are produced. To date every year has been sold out thanks to badge collectors and groundhoppers.”

This seasons are on sale from Ian Bailey contact via “X”  (Twitter) @ibcfc61

There will be much more on non-league day in the weeks ahead. The important thing at this moment is to get it marked off in your diary! Where do you want to go? Well, if it’s in London, I would be failing not to recommend FC Deportivo Galicia* near Heathrow. All London games will be featured on the excellent The London Football Guide website

*Incidentally we have a re-scheduled game TONIGHT

As always, I hope that you will consider a donation however small to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity continued their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can. If you can’t you can still help massively by sharing this page about the work of Prostate Cancer. Thanks


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