Plus: down-on-their-luck European trophy winners, ‘winter champions’ who never won the league and frozen-off football

“Out of interest, and tedium at work, what’s the very best attendance for a non-league league match in England?” ponders Ethan Mackintosh. “No cup finals at Wembley, just league games.”

Let’s start just a couple of months ago at Meadow Lane, where Notts County attracted a bumper crowd of 9,090 fans for his or her National League match against Fylde on 28 September. The club had slashed ticket prices to only £3 and people who flocked to ascertain the Magpies were rewarded with a 2-0 home win.

But that crowd isn’t a National League record. A whopping 11,085 fans packed into the Memorial Stadium to ascertain Bristol Rovers play Alfreton within the Conference on 25 April 2015. it had been a match worth turning up for. Rovers hammered their poor opponents 7-0. “Large non-league crowds were common within the pre-1970s but records are often a touch sketchy,” writes Michael St John-McAlister. “That said, a Peterborough United database gives a crowd of 13,431 for the visit of Boston United to London Road for a Midland League match on 18 August 1956.

“I’ve seen mention of 16,000+ turning up for Dulwich Hamlet v Nunhead within the Isthmian League in October 1931. It’s mentioned here and here but I can’t find anything more official.” We can, Michael. Dulwich Hamlet’s programme editor, John Lawrence, has been in-tuned to verify what appears to be the most important attendance we will find for a non-league domestic league game in England. “Yes, there was a crowd of 16,254 paid to ascertain the primary game at our old Champion Hill Stadium on 10 October 1931 for Dulwich Hamlet v Nunhead. it had been an Isthmian League match and therefore the result was a 1-1 draw.” daftar agen sbobet sekarang

Special mention should attend FC United of Manchester, too, who drew in 6,023 for a North West Counties League Division 2 match against Great Harwood Town on 22 April 2006. Pretty impressive for level 10.

“Just watching Ipswich beginning to stutter somewhat united One and it got me wondering: is that the club within the lowest domestic division of all the ecu clubs who have won a eu trophy?” asks John Wall.

“As a long-suffering Ipswich fan, I can’t pretend that John Wall’s question didn’t upset me a touch bit as I’m not sufficiently old to recollect the 1981 triumph,” sniffs Callum Hansey. “The 2001-02 victory over Inter reception will need to do me. I looked into who was playing where and thankfully Town aren’t alone in being within the third domestic tier despite being European trophy winners. breakthrough the sole East German winners of a eu title … 1. FC Magdeburg. The winners of the 1974 European Cup Winners’ Cup, like Ipswich, were relegated from the domestic second tier last season and now ply their trade Germany’s 3. Liga.

“If we open internet a touch bit, there’s a club that have won a eu trophy competing at a lower level. French Championnat National 2 side SC Bastia are within the fourth tier of French football, having dropped to the fifth tier in 2017 thanks to financial trouble. They were beaten 1978 Uefa Cup finalists, but did win the 1997 Intertoto Cup.

“On the subject of Ipswich and European football, do Town have the longest unbeaten home run in European competition? Twenty-six wins and five draws from their 31 home European ties between 1962 and 2002.”