The Bootiful Game is a magazine dedicated to the Northern Counties East League (NCEL). The league was founded in 1982 with the merger of what were the Yorkshire League and Midland League. There are currently 44 teams within the NCEL split over two divisions, the Premier Division and Division One. These divisions are at the ninth and tenth levels of the football pyramid respectively (and step five and six within the non-league structure).
In an age when Sky would have football fans believe that the game only existed with the inception in the 1992/93 season of the Premier League, it is a relief to come across a publication that redresses the balance and which looks at the game and its history from its origins in the Victorian era up to the 1980s.
There may not be a professional football club in Cornwall – the nearest teams in the Football League are Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City, both in Devon – but the game is very much alive in the South West peninsula county. Helping promote the football landscape in the area is, Cornish Soccer: The voice of football in the Duchy, a twenty-eight page glossy magazine (priced £2, plus postage).
“…The Blizzard was born in Sunderland in March 2010…”, so pronounces Jonathan Wilson in the Editor’s Note from Issue Six of this Quarterly football publication. So as this fledgling journal approaches its third birthday, there were a number of questions that sprung to mind as I set about this review. What was the reasoning behind […]