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Simon Hahn

Lifelong sufferer following Darlington FC from League Two to the Northern League. Freelance Sports and data journalist. Living for 3pm on Saturday.


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Non League
Does York City lead the National North through smoke and mirrors?
12:00 Saturday 7th March 2020

With less than two months to go, preseason favourites York City lead the National North. Much of the campaign unfolded as a two-horse race between York City and surprise package King’s Lynn Town. However, the Minstermen may have…

Non League
Can Barrow AFC beat the odds and win promotion back to the Football League?
12:00 Wednesday 4th March 2020

With less than two months to go in the season, the National League is down to a two-horse race for the title with a place in the Football League at stake. The current surprise leaders are Barrow AFC. Can they continue their fairytale…

League One
Phil Parkinson stabilised Sunderland; Can he lead them to promotion?
09:00 Sunday 1st March 2020

When Phil Parkinson took over in October many Sunderland fans were wary about his ability to turn their fortunes around. Jack Ross took them to the brink of promotion last year in the playoff final at Wembley but ultimately could…

Non League
Can Hashtag United clinch back-to-back promotions?
16:30 Saturday 22nd February 2020

Across non-league football, a host of clubs divide opinion. The main culprits are new owners who splash the cash with little concern for the club's traditions or long-term health. Hashtag United are not such a club but they remain controversial.…

Non League
What next for Kidderminster Harriers after their latest managerial exit?
12:01 Friday 14th February 2020

Kidderminster Harriers were expected to challenge for promotion back to the National League this season, but instead have been stuck at the wrong end of the table. Over the last 18 months it has all gone wrong and this week they lost their…

Non League
Where has it all gone wrong for AFC Fylde?
19:01 Tuesday 4th February 2020

After narrowly missing out on promotion to the Football League in the playoff final in May, AFC Fylde has lost both their star player and manager, while sitting in the relegation zone. Exactly what's happened? The Coasters have been…

Premier League
Will Matt Ritchie's return boost Newcastle's Premier League, FA Cup chances?
08:02 Friday 31st January 2020

Can Matt Ritchie play a key role in Newcastle pushing on to a successful season? The Scottish International's return from injury, which will now be overshadowed by Danny Rose's arrival at the club, adds real quality to Steve Bruce’s…

Non League
Can Yeovil Town win instant promotion back to League Two?
12:01 Saturday 18th January 2020

An immediate return following relegation from the Football League is notoriously difficult. Since the early 90s, only a handful of clubs managed the feat, the last being Cheltenham Town in 2016. Now Yeovil Town are poised to update…

Non League
Can upstarts King's Lynn hold off the National North big boys?
12:01 Saturday 4th January 2020

In recent years, the National League North has been amongst the most competitive divisions in the country due to being stacked with former Football League clubs. However, one side is taking the league by storm as we head…

Non League
6 Non-League stories from 2019: Northern leagues
17:00 Wednesday 1st January 2020

Another year of change is in the books for non-league football. Some revisions made no sense. The FA restructured the pyramid leading to playoff matches in which teams knew they wouldn't go up, win or lose. Others brought new risks. As…

Non League
What awaits Bury in the North West Counties League?
12:01 Tuesday 31st December 2019

A phoenix club, Bury AFC, have applied for a place in the North West Counties League. But what can they expect if they do start in the ninth or tenth tier of the English football pyramid? The North West Counties League has divisions…

Non League
Tim Flowers has the Moors in full bloom
09:01 Thursday 12th December 2019

Tim Flowers is remembered as a fantastic goalkeeper, part of the Blackburn Rovers team who won the 1995 title ahead of Manchester United. He is also remembered for an inflammatory interview that season aimed at Sir Alex Ferguson. Now the…

League Two
Macclesfield Town striking again? What does the future hold for the Silkmen?
19:01 Thursday 5th December 2019

The financial state of clubs in the lower league has been a hot topic this season. Bury were kicked out of the EFL. Bolton Wanderers barely escaped a similar fate. Macclesfield Town are the latest club in the spotlight. What does the future…

Fa Cup
FA Cup 2nd Round: Which Non-league minnows can make the 3rd round?
17:00 Friday 29th November 2019

The FA Cup 2nd Round takes place this weekend. Forty sides from League One, League Two and lower divisions bid to earn a potentially money-spinning 3rd Round tie with one of the English game's elite. Who will be in the third round…

Fa Cup
FA Cup First Round: Where will the shocks come?
09:00 Friday 8th November 2019

The FA Cup First Round draw is always a date to circle on the English football calendar. Once again, it didn't disappoint. The draw took place two weeks ago, setting the stage for the drama to unfold this weekend. League One and…