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Non-League Day: Date, history, notable moments & more

This Saturday is Non-League Day, a chance for football fans across the land to head down to their local non-league club and enjoy a very different experience to the glitz and glamour of the Premier League.

A feature of the football calendar for over a decade now, Non-League Day always coincides with an international break to encourage fans of the top clubs to take this opportunity to go and savour the game at semi-professional or grass-roots level.


Non-League Day date

Non-League Day this year is on Saturday March 23rd. It is always staged when there is an international break for maximum fan participation.

Non-League Day history

Non-League Day was set up in 2010 by football fan James Doe and, over the following 14 years, has become accepted throughout the English ladder as a way of encouraging supporters of sides in the top tiers to experience football at a level they might not have considered before.

To mark the occasion, many teams will offer fans extra incentives, entertainment and refreshments or even cut-price ground admission.

It’s also a huge fund-raiser for good causes, especially Prostate Cancer UK, who this year mark ten years of working hand in hand with Non-League Day.

Non-League Day what's on

There’s a Non-League Day in the Basque country of Northern Spain inspired by the English concept and La Liga giants Athletic Bilbao are marking the event.

Seven English non-league clubs have played Athletic over the years and each of them - Civil Service FC, United Hospitals FC, Eastbourne Town, Bromley, Merton, Dulwich Hamlet and Corinthian Casuals - will receive a special pennant from the Basque club to be presented this weekend.

The length and breadth of the land, from Mullion AFC v Callington Town in deepest Cornwall to Maryhill v Larkhall Thistle, an hour north of Glasgow, there are hundreds of clubs taking part in Non-League Day.

Most league clubs are posting links on their websites to smaller clubs near them who are at home this Saturday.

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