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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
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…

Championship
Can Woodgate stop Boro sliding into the abyss?
15:01 Sunday 3rd November 2019

Before the season started I wrote a piece asking if Jonathan Woodgate was the right man for Middlesbrough. It's fair to say the 39-year-old has endured a torrid first three months in charge. The question is, can the former centre-back…

League One
Is Phil Parkinson the right manager for Sunderland?
17:01 Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Experienced manager Phil Parkinson took over at Sunderland last week, hoping to get the Black Cat’s back on track in their bid to return to the Championship. Is he the right man to turn their fortunes around? Before being sacked…

Fa Cup
FA Cup Fourth Qualifying round: Who will make the first round draw?
17:01 Friday 18th October 2019

It is the final qualifying round of the 2019/20 FA Cup. This weekend could change everything for some of the clubs in the competition. The 24 National League clubs join the 40 teams that progressed from the previous round. Thirty-two spots…

Fa Cup
FA Cup Third Qualifying round games to look out for
19:01 Thursday 3rd October 2019

The FA Cup qualifying rounds keep coming thick and fast as we're rapidly approching the first round proper. We're now at the third qualifying round which takes place this weekend. Sides left in the competition are…

Football League Player Watch
An EFL combined Rovers/Wanderers XI
17:00 Friday 27th September 2019

Welcome to the fourth and final instalment of EFL combined XIs from four sets of clubs who share the same name. If you need to catch up, the all-City XI can be found here, the all-United XI here and the all-Town XI here.  The concept is…

Football League Player Watch
An EFL all-Town XI
17:00 Thursday 26th September 2019

It's Thursday which often means Europa League. There's a bit of confusion in this year's tournament with Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga and Wolfsberg of the Austrian Bundesliga both featuring. That's nothing compared to English…

Football League Player Watch
An EFL all-United XI
17:01 Wednesday 25th September 2019

If you've travelled much, you might have noticed that places in different parts of the world share the same name. This has a great deal to do with the limited imaginations of famous English-speaking explorers. There's a Paris, Texas…