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).
This particular issue contains 80 pages and is a mix of feature pieces, club related articles, match reports, a results service as well as a club directory. Amongst the highlights of this particular edition is the well-researched article on the record of NCEL clubs (past and present) in the FA Cup, an interview with Norman Whiteside, a history of Clipstone FC and the photographs of ‘The Saturday Boy’.
Overall this is a well-constructed publication, with well written articles and plenty of colour photographic content and a credit to the positive promotion of the NCEL. Given that the magazine is dedicated to a particular league, it is no surprise that the content is focused on the member clubs of the NCEL. However, that should not put off anybody interested in football at whatever level from purchasing The Bootiful Game.
The magazine can be bought from member clubs of the NCEL and www.paypal.me/thebootifulgame/4
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