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 May 2016 edition focuses on the end of season for the clubs and leagues within the area and so features final tables and a summary of 2015/16 for the various Cornish teams. Amongst the content is a two-page spread on Truro City (the highest placed Cornish club in the football pyramid), who reached the National League South Semi-Final Play-off, but who exited to Play-off winners Maidstone United. This is followed by a look at local leagues, including, the South West Peninsula Premier League and its feeders, Division One East and Division One West, East Cornwall Premier League, Combination League, The Duchy League and The Trelawny League. In addition there is an extensive detailing of the various Cup competitions, including the rather interestingly named, Walter C. Parson Funeral Directors League Cup.
However, to classify this magazine as just a results summary would be unfair, as their is plenty of other content including a player profile, a feature on the Truro City v Maidstone United Play-off Semi-Final 1st Leg game as well as an update from the Cornwall FA, all supported with a number of coloured images. All-in-all a quality publication
The compilation of all this material is quite an achievement and is a must for anybody interested in the football scene in the Duchy of Cornwall.
Further details about the magazine and football in the county can be obtained at the following website: www.cornish-soccer.site123.me