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Violence in non-league football

Its something that has been coming back into football recently especially in Non-league football and that is the violence and acts of vandalism.

Atherstone Fans attack Barrow subs in the FA Cup

Atherstone Fans attack Barrow subs in the FA Cup

Over the last week in the FA Cup fixtures there have been 2 big act of violence. Both uncalled for a both unneeded for and these have ruined the face of non-league football.

On Saturday Atherstone Town fc welcome Barrow to The Snake Pit. The game, which was won the visiting Bluebirds 4-0. With some dreadful scenes- which can be read about here.

But the nuts and bolts of it all was ‘home fans’ entered the pitch at half time and proceeded across to the away end to fight with the travelling Barrow fans.

Punches were thrown and reports of a flare being launched into the Barrow support have made national media. But the worst of it all was one elderly supporter was left injured and blood pouring from his body, which makes it all even worse for everyone.

It wasn’t just the fans that was attacked the people who attacked the fans also took down one of the Barrow flags and burnt it.

In the local media Atherstone’s chairman, Rob Weale, said: “I am personally embarrassed about the scenes here at half-time. It was unacceptable.
“Obviously, we will be pursuing the perpetrators. We will work alongside the security officers, the referees and the police and those people responsible will feel the full force of the law.
“The situation was defused as quickly as possible, the police came in to take control but once it has happened it has happened and I apologies to the Barrow fans.”

Its is unknown what is going to happen to the fans who invaded the pitch and started fighting with the Barrow fans but as Weale said in his statement they will feel the force of the law and many will be hoping it is stadium bans and/or prison sentencing.

The next key incident came on Tuesday night as Hednesford made it past West Auckland Town in a replay 4-2 on penalties.
In the first game the Auckland fans were accused of over the top celebrating. But as the Hednesford supporter’s bus made its way of the ground on Tuesday night the bus was attacked.

It is never nice to see the bus getting attacked at the end of the day all its job is really is to transport fans to and from the game in what is hoped to be a safe manor.
Personally I think both of these acts are cowardly and mindless people who are hell bent on causing trouble and ruining it for other football fans.

Below you can read some tweet, which people have said about the incidents.

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FC United’s Matt Walwyn look at the draw against former club Chorley

The FA Cup draw has thrown up some interesting ties. But, the stand out is in the first qualifying round, as FC United Of Manchester will host Evo-stik Premier Division rivals Chorley FC.

There is just over 20 miles between the two club so, a number of players have played for both sides- James Holden, Simon Garner and Chris Amadi, just three names of former players to don the Black and While stripes of Chorley and the Red of FC United of Manchester.

Matt Walwyn, now of FC United Of Manchester- formerly of Chorley FC  photo by Richard Scott

Matt Walwyn, now of FC United Of Manchester- formerly of Chorley FC
photo by Richard Scott

Another one of those players is Matt Walwyn and the Non-league scene caught up with the tricky winger after the draw was announced. Here is what Walwyn first thoughts were on the draw: “When I checked our website to see who we had been drawn against and saw that it was Chorley.

“my first thought was that it’s a tough draw, Chorley always give us a good game, proving last year when they beat us at home (3-1).”

Last season FC United made the play off final but lost out 2-1 to Hednesford Town at Keys Park while Chorley just missed out on the end of season play off but the previous season both sides made the play off met in the semi final with FC United Of Manchester winning 2-0.

As Walwyn said the game will be tough for both teams and no doubt both teams will be challenging for promotion come the end of the season once again so is this a good draw for FC United or would they have preferred a tie against a lower ranked club say Bamber Bridge or Lancaster City: “Come the end of the season I expect to see FC UTD around the top positions with the likes of Chorley and Fylde, they both have very strong teams.

“so for our progression a lower team would have been ideal but, what ever the team your against, we all know the FA CUP can bring some memorable games.”

This summer Chorley have moved to sign FC United duo Jake Cotterll and Carlos Roca from the Gigg Lane outfit. While former FC United shot stopper Sam Ashton has made the move to Victory Park from Skelmersdale United.

All three will get a great reception according to Walwyn: “I think that they will get or hopefully get a good reception, I didn’t see much of Roca because of his injured but he is a very sharp and tricky winger.

“I was sad to Jake leave because I believe he is a quality player and should be playing higher, I think Gary will be able to improve him even more and he will fit into his team perfect.”

Walwyn spent the 2011-2012 season at Victory Park, the home of Chorley FC. At Chorley they were semi finalist of the Play offs and were winners of the Lancashire Co-Operative Challenging trophy so what are Walwyn memories of being at Victory Park?

“Being able to managed by Gary Flitcroft and Matt Jansen was quality, as they know how to get the best out of you. Playing in front of 600 plus week was a good memory too, the club has an amazing fan base.

“I think the favorite memory was my first away trip with the team when we won 4-3 and I scored the winner (away at Mickleover Sports after being 3-1 down), that goes down as my best highlight I think.”

But how does this compare to playing in front of an average of 2,000 fans at FC United Of Manchester? FC is a quality club, the club is run in a very professional way throughout from match days to training to the behind the scenes. Also you have the fans, being able to play in front of them every week without fail is an amazingly feeling.

“Even our away trip to Germany in May there was around 800 fans that travelled out to watch us play. That sort of dedication from the fans and club will only move the club forward in years to come, its just up to us lads to provide the results.”

The game takes place on Saturday the 14th September and is set to take place at Gigg Lane, where FC United are ground sharing and here is how Matt sees the game going: “It will be a tough game for both teams, but its got to be an FC win hasn’t it? What ever the outcome though I am sure it will be an entertaining game like always.”

The Full FA Cup draw can be seen on the FA website http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/News/2013/Jul/fa-cup-draws-201314.aspx