Calling in on…..Royston Town

royston (500x281)There’s been a bit of noise coming from Royston for a couple of years. A town of 16,000 people, it’s big enough to host non-league football at a higher level than the Spartan South Midlands League fare it got used to between 1994 and 2012. There have been rumblings for some time that they were about to move to a new ground away from their Garden Walk home, giving them a springboard to make Royston into a credible force.

There’s no reason why Royston could not “do a Biggleswade” if they find a way to upgrade their stadium. Biggleswade and Royston are comparably-sized towns. They are treading a similar path – although they have had something of a setback in recent weeks with manager Paul Atfield, the driving force behind their rise to the Southern League Central Division, resigning through ill-health.

Atfield has a serious condition which – thankfully –…

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Fellow Yellows – Littlehampton Town FC


Sussex County League, Division 1
Littlehampton Town FC v Hailsham Town FC
Saturday, 5th October 2013, 3pm
The Sportsfield
Entrance £6, Programme £1
Distance 79 miles, Attendance 65
Located a short walk from station, The Sportsfield was donated to the town by The Duke of Norfolk in 1897 “as a gift in commemoration of Her Majesty’s reign, to be used as a public recreation and pleasure ground” the West Sussex Gazette announced.

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Amicably now sharing the land with local clubs of cricket, croquet, lawn tennis and stoolball (no, me either), Littlehampton Town FC are still the tenants of The Duke, whose family’s principle residence is the nearby Arundel Castle.
LTFCjpegnewlogoUpon my return – decades after my parents had taken us “to the beach” – it was nice to find the locals had spruced up the town with bunting to commemorate the day. Sharing this occasion were some lovely…

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