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Kitching Would Like More Non-League Days Added To Calendar

Neil Kitching, manager of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South club Stafford Rangers, would like to see more Non-League Days added to the football calendar, writes Liam Roe.


After a successful Non-League Day on 6th September, Kitching believes that introducing more can do no harm.

414 people watched Rangers draw 1-1 at home against Romulus on Saturday – on Non-League Day there was nearly twice as many in attendance.

Kitching commented: "It was only a month or six weeks ago we had Non-League Day and we had 700 here.

"I think it was an England game on the night and to get 700 into Stafford watching was fantastic.

"We want more Non-League Days because we want more people watching the games."

This year, Warrington Town are shining the spotlight on non-league football by rogressing to the FA Cup Second Round, but Kitching says there needs to be more awareness all year round.

He added: "The exposure needs to be bigger and the only way at the moment that Non-League gets exposure is on Non-League Day and FA Cup runs."

Kitching thinks that supporters of professional clubs would enjoy non-league football if they gave it a try: "You get value for money. At most places it's seven, eight or nine pound to get in - as opposed to between twenty and twenty-five pound to go and watch a professional game.

"You see full-blooded football matches and that's what people want to see when they come on the terraces.

"They're proper lads that are turning up and working and earning their little bit of money that they get.

"Get yourself down here and not only here get yourself down to some other local Non-League clubs as well."

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