Category: Club News


Match week six in the National League sees a number of intriguing fixtures, including a clash between the top two, as second place Woking host leaders Solihull Moors.

 Woking vs. Solihull Moors

  • Leaders Solihull Moors have scored the most goals so far, with 15.
  • Solihull Moors are one of only three unbeaten teams in the National League.
  • No side has let in fewer than the three goals Woking have conceded so far.
  • Woking and Solihull Moors have both won four of their five matches thus far.

 Bromley vs. Boreham Wood

  • Bromley remain unbeaten after five matches, winning three and drawing two.
  • Bromley are the division’s second highest scorers so far, with 10 goals.
  • Boreham Wood are the only team in the bottom half of the table who have a positive goal difference.
  • Only three players have scored more goals this season than Boreham Wood’s Kabongo Tshimanga

 FC Halifax Town vs. AFC Fylde

  • FC Halifax Town have lost only one of their first five matches this season.
  • FC Halifax Town have conceded a joint-league low three goals so far.
  • AFC Fylde have also lost just one of their five matches this campaign.
  • AFC Fylde are unbeaten away from home with a win and draw so far.

Sutton United vs. Dover Athletic

  • Sutton United are unbeaten so far this season, winning two and drawing three.
  • Harry Beautyman is among the leading scorers in the division, with three goals so far.
  • Between them, Alfie Pavey (3) and Inih Effiong (2) have scored five of Dover’s seven goals this season.
  • Dover Athletic have won both of their away matches this season.

Yeovil Town vs. Maidenhead United

  • Yeovil Town are 12th in the table with seven points from a possible 15.
  • The Glovers have conceded just four goals so far.
  • Maidenhead United have 10 points from five games and are 5th in the table.
  • Daniel Whitehall and Josh Kelly have two goals each this season.

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5/6               Both Teams to Score in Woking vs. Solihull Moors

7/9               Under 2.5 Goals in FC Halifax Town vs. AFC Fylde

19/10           Over 3.5 Goals in Bromley vs. Boreham Wood

4/5               Goals in both Halves in Sutton United vs. Dover Athletic


For fans travelling to support Whites at Sutton United this Saturday (24th August), you can purchase your match ticket in advance and save money.

Booking via Sutton United’s website will see adults and concessions save £2 off matchday prices, while 11-18-year-olds will save £1.

Advanced ticket sales are available up to midnight on Friday 23rd August and can be booked HERE


The National League have granted 22 clubs an Academy Licence for the inaugural National League Football Academy season.

Starting on September 11th, the 2019/20 campaign will be formed of two regional divisions – 12 Clubs in the South and 10 in the North- and clubs will participate in an additional cup competition later in the season.

Head of Player Development, Gary Owers, said: “The National League and National League Youth Alliance is committed to Youth Development.

“As part of our ongoing strategic approach we have implemented a scheme for clubs to demonstrate their own commitment to raising and maintaining standards in this area.

“The licencing process involved clubs meeting required criteria set by The National League.

“The aim of a National League Football Academy is to provide an environment and player pathway which allows Clubs to develop and produce more and better home grown players”.


Hartlepool United
York City
FC Halifax Town
Alfreton Town
AFC Fylde
Solihull Moors
Boston United


Chippenham Town
Hampton and Richmond Borough
Maidenhead United
Weston Super Mare
Boreham Wood
Dover Athletic
Sutton United
Oxford City
Aldershot Town


Story so far…

What a difference a year makes! Andy Hessenthaler has been a breath of fresh air since arriving back at the Whites. Even two defeats can’t take the gloss off has generally been a superb start.


Hess says…

Boss Andy Hessenthaler said his side “aren’t used to losing football matches at the moment” after Saturday’s defeat to Torquay gave them just their third defeat in 16 games. That being said, he’s challenged his side to pick themselves up and respond on Saturday.


Who is Pavey-ing the way?

You can’t talk about Dover without mentioning Alfie Pavey. Of all the business done at the Crabble in the close season, keeping hold of their star striker could be their best work.


Stat attack…

League position: 7th

Home goals for: 4

Away goals for: 3

Home goals against: 5

Away goals against: 1

Top scorer: Alfie Pavey (3)


Supporters say…

Fan @SafetySouthEast is loving the new season. “Best squad we ever have had,” he wrote on Twitter.


“Full speed ahead for #thehessexpress,” wrote @DanielBishop295.

 On the horizon…

Sutton are next in line for Dover with the pair having similar starts to the season. Sutton are going under the radar with new boss Matt Gray. The U’s have taken two points from their opening two home games however, something that might perk the Whites up.


Their one to watch….

Harry Beautyman has hit the ground running this season. He’s netted three goals this season and is one of the best at picking tough defensive locks.


Last time out….

Dover were convincing winners at home last time on the final day of the season – Stuart Lewis opened the scoring before Inih Effiong and Josh Passley struck in the second-half to round things off.

 League sponsors Vanarama have recently launched the National League Club Reward scheme to help fans back their club’s budget. Every time a fan takes out a brand new van lease with Vanarama or a brand new car lease with Motorama their club will earn £100 and you will receive £30 cashback!


For the latest van leasing deals head to Vanarama.

For the latest car leasing deals head to Motorama


Boss Andy Hessenthaler has his say following Dover’s 2-1 home defeat to Torquay on Saturday.


This weekend, The National League celebrates it’s 40th anniversary, since the first fixtures took place in the then-called Alliance Premier League. 

An allocation of 20 Clubs made up the fifth tier, with Altrincham claiming the title in the inaugural season.

The Noel Kelly trophy – named after the former Nuneaton Borough Chairman – remained at Moss Lane at the end of the first two campaigns.

The pyramid shaped trophy represented a transition to the structure of Non-League football, which has been integral in shaping the game in this country.

With automatic promotion introduced from 1987, even the smallest clubs could dream of a meteoric rise into the Football League and beyond.

Football power-brokers Jim Thompson and Noel White, who sadly passed away recently, were just two of a number of key people who influenced this ground-breaking change and many others, like the influential Bill King, Peter Hunter and current President Brian Lee, have tirelessly steered the league through its many adventures over the past four decades.

The addition of the play-offs in 2003, then the North and South divisions a year later, has added a new dimension to the competition and created more wonderful memories.      

Not only has the league had three titles, with the Football Conference in use for nearly 30 years, there has also been a total of six title sponsors. All of which have helped create an identity for the competition, as we know it today.

From a football perspective, there has been a huge number of significant moments throughout The National League’s history.

Wealdstone became the first Club to win the “Non-League double of league title and FA Trophy success back in 1985. Colchester United matched this achievement in 1992, then Martin O’Neill’s Wycombe Wanderers the following season.  

Many managers and players have gone onto have hugely successful careers in the game. Similar to O’Neill, the likes of Neil Warnock, Jamie Vardy and Joe Hart have made their mark at the top level.

And who can forget the more recent FA Cup runs of Lincoln City and Sutton United just over two years ago? Managers Danny Cowley and Paul Doswell performed heroics with their respective sides, showcasing their efforts in front of global audiences.

Our current commercial partnerships with Vanarama, LV Bet and BT Sport are flourishing, and the estimated money generated by the season-long competition is now at over £80 million.

From small acorns, The National League has become a well-established part of English football and its profile is growing season-by-season Extensive live matchday TV coverage on BT Sport and a greater awareness of our three divisions across the breadth of both traditional and modern media continues to grow.

Last season, over two million spectators attended our matches. It’s incredibly encouraging to see so many people coming through the turnstiles at our Football Clubs, the heartbeats of their communities. The figure is substantially larger than a decade ago.  

Most importantly our competition remains friendly, welcoming and open to all. It is a National League but with wonderful Local Values.

Happy Birthday! And here’s to the next forty years.



Tuesday evening’s goalscoring hero Inih Effiong has his say following Whites’ 1-0 win at Barnet.