|Top row, left to right: Eastleigh, Andover New Street, Romsey Town; Centre: Gosport Borough, Brockenhurst, Horndean; Bottom: Fareham Town, Fleet Town, AFC Totton, Stockbridge.|
However, non-league programmes seem to contain some of the character of their parent club, and I've enjoyed buying and reading them this season. I shall certainly carry on buying them over the next two years as I carry on with my journeys. What I haven't done so far is add the programme details to my match details as I've written about each club on here - this will be rectified when August comes around again.
What follows now is a list of the matches I've been to over the last few months with added programme information:
Eastleigh v Havant & Waterlooville (4-2), £10 entrance + £2 programme. Colourful, professional-looking, plenty of club news in amongst the adverts.
AFC Totton v Sholing (2-1), £9 entrance + £1.50 programme.
Fareham Town v Romsey Town (1-1), £ 6 entrance + £1 programme. Excellent value. Several interesting articles, plenty of stats. A labour of love.
Romsey Town v Lymington Town (2-6), £4.50 entrance + £1.50 programme.
Andover New Street v Tadley Calleva (4-3), £4 entrance, programme free. All the Wessex League First Division programmes were advertising shells with team sheets and opponents' histories within.
Stockbridge v Petersfield Town (1-1), £4 entrance, programme free.
Brockenhurst v Bournemouth (0-5), £6 entrance, programme free. Another favourite. Colour cover, lots of club info and a most extraordinary rant on the welcome page.
Fleet Town v Met Police (0-2), £8 entrance + £2 programme (I think - no price on cover). Professional appearance, lots of match reports.
Gosport Borough v AFC Totton (0-1), £8 entrance + £1.50 programme. A couple of interesting pieces within.
Horndean v Hythe & Dibden (3-1), £5 entrance, programme free.
And the best programme award for 2010-11 goes to...
Fareham Town! Jam-packed with original opinions and information. The usual club statistics, but in more depth than is often the case; an article on the pros and cons of being promoted to the Southern League; another article on the Step 5 promotion process; a report from a groundhopper's trip to Blackwell Miner's Welfare; another long piece on potential restructuring of the Wessex League; memories of a trip to Margate...and so on. And all written for a midweek crowd of 60 people, and sold for only a quid! Absolute bargain.
And whilst I'm here, to wrap up the season, my personal award for best match of the season goes to...
Andover New Street v Tadley Calleva! A gripping, end-to-end thriller on a day when it seemed just about possible that Spring was on its way to Hampshire.