Five football fixtures to attend during the international break

With an international break taking place over the next week there is no better time to discover a new footballing experience at teams in the forgotten leagues of English football.

Instead of watching an England team almost certain to beat Malta, we have selected five Football League and non-league games that would certainly be a new and enjoyable experience for all football fans.

All games are due to take place on Saturday 8th October 2016. 


Stockport County vs Salford City


The pull of Salford City is certainly one that will give you something different, with over 100k followers on twitter alone. Pretty astonishing for a club in the sixth tier of English football.

With the club being run by Manchester United legends Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs there is certainly a strong pull for those who live locally (and are United fans!)

On the other hand, Stockport County play the hosts at Edgeley Park, a 10,841 all seated stadium.

Founded in 1883, the club were once a football league team but has slipped lower down the divisions in recent years. Now sat in 11th, the Hatters will be looking to impress this season.


Marine vs Stourbridge


Marine Football club – founded in 1894 – currently play in the Northern Premier League and reside in Crosby, Liverpool.

Playing at the Marine Travel Arena and managed by player/manager Sean Hessey, the club remain in the middle of the pack in the League and have actually remained in the same division for 37 years!

As well as that, the Mariners hold the record for the longest-serving manager in football, Roly Howard taking charge from 1972 to 2005, equating to 33 years as manager. Boasting 1,975 competitive games, Roly was also acknowledged by the Guinness book of World records as the longest serving manager in world football.

Their opposition, Stourbridge, currently sit three places below Marine and will be looking to catch up to their opponents and take home all three points.


Scunthorpe United vs Northampton Town


Scunthorpe currently top the table in League One on 24 points will be looking to continue their dominant run that has seen them unbeaten in six league games, picking up four wins.

With such a dominant start to the season, the Iron will certainly be looking for promotion this year and should they continue to impress, there Is no reason they can’t do it!

The opposition, however, is none other than newly promoted Northampton Town. The club have impressed in League One considering they had only been promoted this year.

The Cobblers are currently sat 5th in the table having won four in six games but tasted defeat at home to Bristol Rovers last Friday.


Tranmere Rovers vs Wrexham


Tranmere, once of the football league, fell from grace back in 2013–14 after being relegated from League One to League Two, before crashing into the National League the season after.

The club play at Prenton Park, a 16,567 seater stadium in Birkenhead, Wirral which was refurbished in 1995 having been there since 1912.

Now, the club sit 7th in the National League with only one win in their last six games. The club will be looking to get back to winning ways at home this weekend in the hopes of one day reaching the football league again.


FC United of Manchester vs Alfreton Town


FC United of Manchester’s story is one known by many in the footballing world, after the club founded in 2005 due to fans opposing the Glazer takeover at Manchester United.

The club is currently the largest fan-owned club in the United Kingdom, with fans able to become co-owners for £12 a month and will be eligible to vote on each major decision in the club’s future.

The club also boast one of the highest home attendances in non-league football and now own their new home, Broadhurst Park in Moston, Manchester.