Following on from the recent Haringey Borough post, I thought it would be interesting to find out which other non-EFL teams Pasotiites have followed as they have moved away from Devon.
When I lived in London, I followed my local amateur club, Alexandra Park FC, in the Southern Amateur League, the league where Spurs began their ascent to the top flight of English football.
As a student in Dublin, I used to watch Bohemians when they played at home mid-week, once witnessing them thrash FC Bate Borisov in a Champions League qualifier.
Since moving to North Yorkshire for work, I tend to watch Pickering Town or Whitby Town (Evo Stick) when there’s no Argyle game on ifollow.
These experiences helped me appreciate two things: 1. the standard of non-league football in northern England is very strong; 2. talking with fans of these clubs about supporting Argyle tended to bring up the words ‘big club’ or stories of some friend or other who had played professional football in the 70s or 80s and spent a period on loan at a south west league team.
When I used to play Championship Manager back in the days when this didn’t require a twelve-month sabbatical from real life, I used to start off with the lowest-ranked local team I could find, in the hope that after a few seasons the mighty Argyle would come knocking with the opportunity to establish the club as a solid division two side, once Sturrock had moved on to ‘greater challenges’.
What other non-EFL affiliations have others acquired, and why? What is the match day experience like with these other clubs?