Non-League Day — Where to watch football on and around Merseyside this weekend

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With no Premier League football this weekend, the organisers of Non-League Day are encouraging fans across Britain to put down the remote control and go out to support local lower-division clubs. Here’s where you can watch non-league football around Merseyside this weekend.

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The stronghold Britain’s top flight leagues have on supporters in Britain means an every day fight to stay alive for many teams further down the football pyramid.

Over the summer, the financial cost of football caused Formby FC to be disbanded, ending their 95 years as a Merseyside club.

The Non-League Day initiative “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.”

Fans are encouraged not to compare the quality of football on show to that of Liverpool or the Premier League, but to embrace the experience, the community values, the ability to stand (and sometimes drink), whilst watching the beautiful game.

If you fancy an away trip this weekend, AFC Liverpool — the fan-owned club set up by Liverpool supporters to provide affordable football within the mould of the Reds — are playing away to Squires Gate in the F.A. Vase. They’re about a 1.25 hours drive from Liverpool, near Blackpool and AFC Liverpool would be very appreciative of your support.

Squires Gate vs. AFC Liverpool
Saturday, 6th September 2014; 3pm
F.A. Vase
School Rd Blackpool Lancashire FY4 5DS

 

If you live in, or close, to town, your nearest Non-League Day game this weekend may well be across the water next to the shipyards of Cammell Laird…

Cammell Laird vs. Litherland
Saturday, 6th September 2014; 3pm kick-off
North West Counties Football League First Division
MBS Stadium, St Peters Road, Rock Ferry CH42 1PY

 

For those in the north, or north of the city, Marine play host to fan-owned FC United of Manchester — the club set up in 2005 in protest of Malcolm Glazer’s controversial takeover of Manchester United…

Marine vs. FC United of Manchester
Saturday, 6th September 2014; 3pm kick-off
Northern Premier League Premier Division
The Arriva Stadium College Rd, L23 3AS

 

Going further afield…

Vauxhall Motors vs. Rochdale Town
Saturday, 6th September 2014; 3pm kick-off
F.A. Vase
Motassist Arena, Rivacre Road, Hooton, South Wirral, CH66 1NJ

 

Widnes’ Select Security Stadium is the home of Liverpool Ladies, but both the Widnes Vikings (rugby league) and Widnes FC play there too…

Widnes vs. Atherton
Saturday, 6th September 2014; 3pm kick-off
North West Counties Football League Division One
Select Security Stadium Widnes Cheshire WA8 7DZ

There’s also games at Burscough, Runcorn Town and Flint Town United.

Alternatively, use Non-League Day’s match finder map to find your nearest game this weekend. Get down, enjoy and support football.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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