It's Non-League Day tomorrow and if you need some ideas for grounds to visit, Non-League Day co-ordinator Mike Bayly has ten great suggestions...
Non-League Day returns for an eighth consecutive season this weekend. With more media coverage than ever before, there is a fantastic opportunity for clubs across the country to increase attendances and welcome new faces through the gate.
For fans unfamiliar with the game at this level, one of the biggest selling points is the grounds. Aside from the largely unrestricted freedom to stand and sit where you like, there is a wealth of history and scenery to enjoy. From castles and cricket pavilions to spectacular seascapes, the breadth of diversity is a snapshot of Britain, past and present.
Below is a selection of ten wonderful non-League grounds hosting games tomorrow. Hopefully it provides as much pleasure to read as it did to compile. For more information on this year’s event, please head over to the Non-League Day website.
“The red brick East Mill provides one of football’s most stunning industrial backdrops”
“Arundel Castle looms majestically over the treetops in a quintessentially English venue.”
“The 1930s main stand is an absolute delight.”
“High up in the moors with sweeping panoramas of the Peaks and Pennines”
“Two words: wooden terracing. A simply glorious throwback”
“A three-sided slice of football heaven. One of the friendliest welcomes around. And the faggots and peas are sublime”
“Opened in 1898, the historic Royal Oak is a magnificent football relic”
“The oldest football ground in the world, serving pasties with Henderson’s Relish. Two Sheffield institutions in one go”
“A chapel behind the goal and views across the ocean. What isn’t to love?”
“A calming, bucolic setting where horses gallop across the surrounding hillside”