6 Of the Best | Non-League Day
(Posted on 06/10/17)
For many people this weekend is seen as an unwelcome break to club football as the final World Cup qualifiers are played out worldwide, however that's in no way the case in the UK.
Non League football day is an annual day where fans are encourage to attend their local non-league football team's game to give them much needed revenue, taste real football and boost the local community. This weekend it returns countrywide and to celebarate we decided to bring you six of our favourite non-league shirt available on VintageFootballShirts.com!
6 – Gateshead Home Shirt 2007/08
One of the Heed’s most memorable shirts worn during their rise to non-league’s top tier, Gateshead wore this Macron designed shirt as they stormed to the Northern Premier League title. Playing in the shadow perhaps of Newcastle United whose ground can be seen from Gateshead’s International Stadium, the side has a great following especially from many Newcastle fans who aren’t traveling away with the Magpies.. Although not the most stand out shirt, it was part of a springboard to success for the Heed who went on to achieve back to back promotions.
Who do they face on Non-League Day? – Thame Rangers (H) in the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup
5- Burnham ‘Match-Worn’ Home Shirt 1997/98
Not a side you may know, Burnham compete in the Hellenic Premier Division, the ninth tier of the English football system. This match-worn shirt from ‘the Gore’ isn’t spectacular in terms of history, but is a superb example of a non-league piece of magic. The blue and white quarters are a smart design by Vandaniel with a watermarked pattern. The felt stitched number five on the back takes you back to simpler times for football fans and is a rare item.
Who do they face on Non-League Day? – Bromley (H) in the Vanarama National League
4- Wrexham ‘150th Anniversary’ Home Shirt 2014/15
In 2014 North Wales side Wrexham celebrated their 150th anniversary, just the third professional side in the world to do so. The oldest football club in Wales and playing at the oldest international football stadium in the world at the Racecourse, they were relegated to non-league football in 2008 following poor financial management. They celebrated the occasion with this home shirt, replicating that of their original black and red stripes, their original colours. Complete with special badge for the season ahead which also appeared on their away, third and goalkeeper shirts they certainly celebrated in style!
Who do they face on Non-League Day? – Eastleigh (H) in the Vanarama National League live on BT Sport.
3 – Stalybridge Celtic Home Shirt 1991/92
Another successful shirt, Stalybridge Celtic wore this masterpiece as they won promotion as champions to the Conference. The Manchester based side are no stranger to silverware picking up winners medals frequently in the 1980’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. This home shirt was designed by Prostar, but is much more than the average Sunday league Prostar design you see up and down the country. With the two white stripes along the collar and white circle around the end of the sleeves it’s already got elegance to it. The main base’s almost pinstripe feel shows off what is certainly one of our favourite non-league shirts and certainly suits a winners medal, good thing they got one!
Who do they face on Non-League Day? – Matlock Town (H) in the Northern Premier League
2- Woking Home Shirt 1992/93
Sticking with the 90’s, Woking certainly looked to stand out from the crowd with this superb Ribero shirt. The patchy red and white number was worn as the Cardinals finished in a respectable 8th in the Conference in 1993 and wearing this, they looked good in doing so. Sponsor OLC looks like the sort of thing you’d see in Serie A instead of English football’s 5th tier and complete with a classic badge and simple white collar with a touch of red looks great, but just misses out on top spot in this list!
Who do they face on Non-League Day? - Dagenham & Redbridge (H) in the Vanarama National League
1-Basingstoke Town Home Shirt 1992/93
There’s undoubtedly a lot going on with this shirt, but it’s absolutely fantastic. From the Basingstoke Press sponsor to patterned collar, it’s a classic. Designed by Spall, the ‘Dragons’ finished mid-table in the Isthmian League and were knocked out at their first attempt in the FA Cup, but none of it matters when you’re playing your football in something like this. The diamond like pattern on the base of the shirt can at times go wrong, but with this and the royal blue it lifts it’s status to our king of non-league shirts.
Who do they face on Non-League Day? – Banbury (H) in the Southern Premier League
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