Posted by sean on September 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm in Non League with No Comments

Today was Non-League Day – an annual event where football fans are encouraged to watch their local non-league team in the absence of any Premier League or Championship football during the weekend.

Admittedly, as a Bath City fan, every Saturday is Non-League Day for me. However, in an ironic twist of fate, due to international call ups for Bath’s scheduled opponents, York City, the planned game was called off.

Therefore I was left with a weekend of nothing to do. OK, I did have stuff to do. I could have read a book, learnt a foreign language or taught myself how to play the cello. That would be boring though. Instead I took to public transport and made my way to the east side of Bath to watch Larkhall Athletic entertain Odd Down in The FA Cup.

Yes, it was a Bath Derby! As I am sure you can imagine, you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife. It was unbearable. The Glasgow and Milan derbies simply don’t come close.

Despite both sides playing four divisions below Bath City, I really did enjoy myself. ‘The Larks’ were by far the better side, eventually running out 4-0 winners. There’s still a long way to go, but remember the name ‘Larkhall Athletic’ when they walk out on Wembley Turf next May. This is assuming they beat Yate Town in the next round…

Plain Ham Pre-KO - before the thousands of supports arrived

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