11th Oct 2018 16:52:03 by Phil Withers
This article, with just a couple of our own amemdments, is from the people at Non-League Day. Obviously, not all of it applies to Ferriby, or to the game on Saturday, but it gives an idea of what the day is about to Non-League football as a whole.
There will be a bucket collection at Ferriby’s game with Satfford Rangers on Saturday to raise funds for Humber Rescue, the charity which runs the lifeboat which is based under The Humber Bridge. We thought it was appropriate as They are local, The Chadwick Stadium is virtually alongside the river and the Humber Bridge provides a good backdrop to the ground. Please give generously.
If you are attending our game with Stafford Rangers, we hope you enjoy it and that you will return to future games.
Non-League Day is more than about attracting new fans, it’s a celebration of everything good about football, writes Campaign Manager Mike Bayly.
On Saturday 13th October, Non-League Day, now the biggest volunteer-led event in the national game, celebrates its ninth consecutive season. From humble beginnings in 2010 as a social media experiment, the movement has grown to become a highly anticipated annual fixture in the football calendar.
Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-League side.
Over the years, clubs have come up with innovative ways to entice new fans on the day, from Anglian Combination side Bungay Town giving away free punnets of mushrooms, to hamster racing at Welton Rovers of the Western League. This year is no exception. Grantham Town, for example, are handing out free gingerbread men for anyone attending their Northern Premier League game against Lancaster City. The town has a long, serendipitous association with the confectionery, giving rise to the club’s nickname of ‘The Gingerbreads’.
Discounted tickets and incentive schemes continue to be popular. Chesham United of the Southern League are offering ‘pay what you want’ on the gate and Isthmian League side Burgess Hill Town have set ticket prices at £1. The Sussex side have always been a keen advocate of Non-League Day, recording an impressive crowd of 717 in 2014 – double their usual attendance - by offering free admission to all. Meanwhile, fan-owned Fisher FC of the Southern Counties East Football League are organising a ‘Ground Hopper Appreciation Day’ for their game with Glebe.
These promotional schemes are a microcosm of how Non-League Day has transcended football to be a collaborative force for good. The event has empowered clubs and organisations across the country to promote messages of inclusion, acknowledge unsung heroes or raise funds for good causes. Kick It Out, marking 25 years of campaigning for equality in football, are partnering Non-League Day for the seventh year running, as the organisation gears up for its biggest involvement yet. Worksop Town, Southport, Tamworth, Sporting Khalsa, Edgware Town, Kensington Borough and Burgess Hill Town have all selected their home fixtures on Non-League Day to recognise Kick It Out’s work. Numerous clubs are dedicating days to Prostate Cancer UK, in a collective attempt to raise a six-figure sum and help fight a disease that kills one man every forty-five minutes. Others have chosen to hand out free tickets to schools, emergency services workers and armed forces personnel, raise awareness of mental health issues, organise food banks and lay on free match day travel to the elderly or infirm. Non-League Day has demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate, how our national game is a powerful lever to improve lives.
If you’re reading this before goint to Saturday’s game, perrhaps you’ll be treated to some of the more unusual sights that make football at this level so appealing. Don’t be surprised to see dogs wearing club colours on the terrace, or a mind-boggling range of raffle prizes: where else can you watch ninety minutes of football and leave with a set of sun loungers or a picnic hamper? Most of all, take time to thank the volunteers who man the turnstiles, run the tea huts, write the programmes and retrieve lost balls from hedges, roads and even rivers. Without them, there wouldn’t be any non-League football. And certainly no Non-League Day.