It’s Non-League Day 2015! And Whitehawk continue their run in the Emirates FA Cup as they entertain Gosport Borough in the Third Qualifying Round.
Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.
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.
Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively volunteer run, with money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community. The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that at the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down.
This year the event coincides with the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round, so what’s better than to watch YOUR local side as the Hawks bid to reach the Fourth Qualifying Round for only the second time – the first being back in 1988/89.
The match against fellow National League South side Gosport Borough kicks off at 3pm at the Enclosed Ground, with hot and cold refreshments available in our club house.