|Welcome to Totton.|
The English league pyramid's apex (the pointy bit at the top) is the FA Premiership. From there, working downwards, come the three divisions of the Football League (Championship, League One and League Two). If you like, you can call them Steps 1-4. After these divisions, what is known as "non-league" begins. There is one national division, known as the Conference (Step 5), then regionalisation comes into being, with Conference North and South at Step 6. These two leagues have their own even more geographically precise feeder leagues, and so it goes on down the leagues, each division becoming more and more compacted into smaller and smaller areas.
My aim, over the next three years or so, is to watch a match at every ground in Hampshire at every level from Step 10 upwards. What follows is a list of all the clubs that are currently involved in my plan, with links to their respective leagues' fixture lists. This is correct for the 2010-11 season - the list is likely to change as clubs drop out or are promoted from even lower leagues.
Fixtures for the top four divisions can be found via any half-decent British newspaper's sports pages.
Step 1. Premiership
3. League One
4. League Two
6. Conference South
Havant & Waterlooville
7. Southern League Premier Division
8. Southern League Division One South & West
8. Isthmian League First Division South
9. Wessex League Premier Division
Blackfield & Langley
New Milton Town
Totton & Eling
9. Combined Counties Premier Division
10. Wessex League First Division
Andover New Street
Hythe & Dibden
10. Combined Counties First Division
Farnborough North End
Below these leagues are the county leagues and, well, I have to stop somewhere, so I'll give them a miss for the time being.
Next - the first match report!