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OUR DEFINITION OF THE TERM ‘NON-LEAGUE’

OUR ‘NON-LEAGUE’ FILMING HISTORY

WHO WE NOW FILM FOR ON A REGULAR BASIS

HOW WE GET BOOKED TO FILM NON-LEAGUE MATCHES

TELEVISION COMPANIES REQUESTING FOOTAGE

ORDERING FROM OUR NON-LEAGUE DVD CATALOGUE

FILMING MATCHES

PRICING, PAYMENT & DELIVERY

DVD CATALOGUE

OUR DEFINITION OF THE TERM ‘NON-LEAGUE’

Our definition of a 'Non-League' Team on this website is generally Clubs who play in Senior Saturday Football from the Football Conference downwards and operate on more or less a Semi-Professional basis'. In other words, Step 1 to Step 7 of the ‘Non-League Pyramid’. For our Non-League DVD catalogue however, we have included all mens' clubs who play their football on Saturdays, including the A.F.A. Leagues such as the Amateur Football Combination and the Southern Amateur League, and even down to parks' level.


OUR ‘NON-LEAGUE’ FILMING HISTORY

We started off our coverage of Non-League Football back in the early 1990's when Laurence Hughes persuaded his local club, ENFIELD F.C. that by filming all their matches Home and Away and selling copies of the Match Videos in their club shop, it would be a good fund-raising venture. This was immediately taken up, and although we filmed the games free of charge, it proved to be a worthwhile exercise as Enfield F.C. were a successful club at the time and enough money was made from the sales of Match Videos and Compilations to continue filming them on a regular basis throughout the 1990’s. However, as Enfield's fan-base dwindled thereafter due to the sale of their Southbury Road ground and financial difficulties, we therefore needed to film for a club with bigger support in order to continue as a business, so we agreed to cover ALDERSHOT TOWN during the 1998-1999 Season, mainly due to former Enfield Manager George Borg inviting us to do so after he had been appointed Manager at Aldershot Town for that season. Although we sold three times as many copies of Match Videos and Compilations than we ever did at Enfield, the journey to Aldershot from our base in Edmonton was just too long and we had to decline their offer to continue filming their matches the following season as we were wasting too much time stuck on the dreaded M25 !

We then took a season off to concentrate on designing the original version of this website and the one for our sponsored Sunday League club Edmonton Rovers, while we also used the time to experiment with new computer-based production ideas and catch up on a large backlog of editing work. We then resumed filming Non-League football half-way through the 2000-2001 Season when we covered FARNBOROUGH TOWN’s run-in to the Ryman League Premier Division title under former Enfield player Graham Westley, this proving to be another successful venture for us. Again though, we declined the offer to continue filming for them the following season due to the travelling involved, and for Season 2001-2002 onwards we decided to start covering several different Non-League clubs by just picking and choosing a match each week where we thought there might be a possibility of selling copies to supporters who had not purchased any of our videos before. This coincided with the formation of ENFIELD TOWN F.C. by disenchanted Enfield supporters, and we covered a large number of their games in addition to several for the likes of Dulwich Hamlet, Bishop's Stortford and Cheshunt amongst others, although sales of videos were rather disappointing and it appeared that the novelty was starting to wear off for some clubs.

In 2003 we then received an offer from the Footballers Football Channel to film all Home matches for Nationwide Conference clubs GRAVESEND & NORTHFLEET and DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE, in which the footage was to be broadcast on the Internet. We immediately took up the offer as it was the first time we had actually been paid for filming and it guaranteed us an income rather than relying on sales of Match Videos. While we were working for the Footballers Football Channel (otherwise known as T.F.F.C.), we did not have access to the footage after matches in order to produce Match Videos, so the games we filmed for them are therefore not listed on this website, but the venture did not last long anyway as T.F.F.C. unfortunately went bust within a year. Fortunately, when that happened (in early 2004), Gravesend & Northfleet (now known as EBBSFLEET UNITED) agreed to pay us themselves to continue filming every Home match, and with Dagenham & Redbridge deciding to use their own club cameraman, we therefore accepted an offer from Ryman League Premier Division leaders CANVEY ISLAND to film all their Home matches as well (on the same paid basis as Gravesend & Northfleet) for the 2003-2004 Season. That proved to be a wise move, as Canvey Island won the title that season and were then promoted to the Nationwide Conference as well. We then continued to film for both Gravesend & Northfleet and Canvey Island for the 2004-2005 Season as they both invariably played at Home on alternate Saturdays, but when GRAYS ATHLETIC were promoted into the Conference for the 2005-2006 Season, Gravesend and Canvey's Home matches then clashed, so we decided to take up an offer to film for Grays Athletic as well so that we would be filming every Saturday and we therefore filmed all Home matches for all three clubs during the 2005-2006 Season.

Unfortunately, Canvey Island voluntarily dropped out of the Conference at the start of the 2006-2007 Season to play at a lower level, so we therefore filmed Home games for Gravesend & Northfleet (Ebbsfleet United) and Grays Athletic only thereafter, whilst also providing footage to Conference TV for showing on the internet and then Setanta for their TV broadcasts until their demise.

At the end of the 2009-2010 Season, both Ebbsfleet United and Grays Athletic were relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier Division, with Grays voluntarily dropping right down to Division One North of the Ryman League and selling their Home ground to property developers. They now ground-share elsewhere and unfortunately can no longer afford to use our services. During Season 2010-2011 we continued to film Home matches for Ebbsfleet United and we also took up an offer to film a number of Home matches for SUTTON UNITED. This turned out to be a successful season for us as Ebbsfleet ended up gaining promotion back to the Blue Square Bet Premier Division after winning a memorable South Division Play-Off Final, while Sutton won the Ryman League Premier Division to gain promotion to the Blue Square Bet South Division. We then continued to film for Ebbsfleet for the next two seasons, but our nine-year spell filming for the club ended at the end of Season 2012-2013 due to them coming under new ownership and bringing in their own staff to do the job.

From August 2013 for the next two seasons we then filmed all Home games plus selected Away games for Southern League Premier Division side SLOUGH TOWN. This arrangement was made by Slough Town’s sponsors MyFootballClub who were Ebbsfleet United's former owners. Goal highlights of those matches can be found on Slough Town’s own You Tube Channel in addition to our You Tube Channel, with extended highlights of selected matches being available to view on My Football Club’s Vimeo channel. During Season 2015-2016 we only filmed selected Home games for Slough Town due to a lack of funds from the sponsors. All Home matches were played at Beaconsfield SYCOB FC due to a groundshare arrangement, but their hosts kindly allowed us to erect a permanent gantry to film the matches from, as you can see in the picture on the right. This enabled us to get a good clear view of the pitch, but when Slough Town moved into their new ground at Arbour Park for the start of Season 2016-2017, we were no longer able to film for them due to ground safety regulations as the main stand was not due to be completed until Season 2017-2018, therefore leaving us with no suitable vantage point. With no sponsorship on offer for us to continue filming for Slough Town anyway, we therefore looked for other options for Season 2016-2017 onwards.


WHO WE NOW FILM FOR ON A REGULAR BASIS

Since the start of Season 2016-2017 we have been filming all games Home and Away for Essex Alliance League Premier Division side UNITED LONDON on Saturday afternoons. United London are a newly-formed club who are currently only playing at ‘parks’ level, but they are successfully using the ‘Pick The Team’ idea whereby supporters from all over the world are the ‘Team Manager’, choosing the starting line-up for each match online based on viewing the match highlights and statistical analysis. CLICK HERE to view their website for more information and to sign up as a ‘Manager’. United London’s main sponsors are Jewson, but they are also backed by Mitre, talkSPORT and several other companies, so it is an exciting project which we are proud to be associated with. All United London’s Home matches are currently played at the ‘world famous’ Hackney Marshes in East London, as are some of their Away matches. This is a very demanding venue at which to film matches properly as it involves long walks from the car park, no natural vantage points and no shelter from the elements whatsoever. However, our professionalism from 30 years of experience has seen us able to cope with the challenges, and the results of that can be viewed by watching the highlights of United London’s matches here on their You Tube channel.

As United London only play on Saturdays, that means we can also cover matches for other Non-League clubs on midweek evenings and Bank Holidays, and we may also be able to cover some other Saturday games with the help of suitable freelance cameramen, subject to availability.


HOW WE GET BOOKED TO FILM NON-LEAGUE MATCHES

Most of our bookings to film matches for Non-League clubs have been as a result of us covering high-profile teams such as Enfield, Aldershot Town, Farnborough Town, Gravesend & Northfleet (Ebbsfleet United), Canvey Island, Grays Athletic, Sutton United & Slough Town over the past 27 years. This has enhanced our reputation, especially when their many different opponents have ordered copies of Match Videos and/or DVD's or viewed highlights on You Tube and therefore subsequently seen the quality of our productions. Our contact details and website address are included on the back of every DVD insert that we produce, as well as at the end of every upload of match highlights onto You Tube or Vimeo. Our You Tube channel has a visible link to this website from where we can be contacted, and indeed many bookings that we receive to film matches are from clubs who have seen another club's DVD or watched match highlights on You Tube that have been filmed, edit & produced by us.
In recent seasons there has been a tendency for clubs to use volunteer supporters or media students to film their matches in an effort to save money, but we are now finding that in many cases that has resulted in poor camerawork, missed goals and cameramen failing to turn up because they are not under contract and are not receiving payment. Many clubs are therefore now going back to using professional companies such as ourselves who can guarantee that the job of filming matches will be carried out properly.

Although we currently film for United London on Saturdays on a regular basis, we can still take bookings to film one-off matches and Cup Finals for Saturday ‘Non-League’ clubs on Bank Holidays and midweek evenings, and we may also be able to cover some other Saturday games with the help of suitable freelance cameramen, subject to availability.

In general, we can only realistically film matches on a regular basis for clubs situated within a 50-mile radius or a one-hour drive from our base in Edmonton, North London. For one-off/important matches though (subject to payment of travel expenses), we are prepared to cover games as far as Peterborough to the North, Norwich to the East, Gloucester to the West, Southampton to the South-West and Margate to the South-East.
Please contact us if your club are interested in having their matches professionally filmed. Further details can also be found on the ‘Filming Non-League Matches’ page.


TELEVISION COMPANIES REQUESTING FOOTAGE

We quite often have requests from television companies to use footage of goals and any other major incidents from matches we have filmed, or to use archive footage we have of players in their Non-League or Youth Team days before they became famous.

For brief clips of no more than five minutes duration we generally charge £50.00 (for unlimited showings) if it is for use by one regional TV station only and £150.00 or more (for unlimited showings and depending on the importance of the footage) if it is for National or Satellite TV. These prices include use for both TV broadcasting and streaming on TV company websites. Please note that the picture quality of the footage will vary as we have only been filming in high definition since January 2014.
When archive footage is requested, we can re-render it to a suitable format on request and then either transfer it online using Dropbox or copy it onto an SDHC card, USB Flash Drive or DVD and then post it off. Alternatively, the television company can pay for and send a courier service to our office to collect the footage. Where our own stock of SDHC cards or USB sticks are used and then kept by the television company, an additional £50.00 will be charged plus postage & packing if a courier is not collecting the footage. A 30-days-to-pay invoice will then be e-mailed to the television company as soon as the footage is sent. Please contact us for further details.
In addition to providing archive footage, we are also available to film matches in the South-East of England specifically for television and internet companies as opposed to the clubs themselves, subject to the Home Club giving permission and issuing a press pass. Full details can be found under Option Nine of our Price List.


ORDERING FROM OUR NON-LEAGUE DVD CATALOGUE

DVD’s of full matches that we have edited & produced (including titles, graphics and slow-motion replays) can now be purchased individually from our Non-League DVD Catalogue on this website using credit or debit card payment via PayPal. Matches that are available to buy will be listed in the catalogue in due course. Please note that the majority of matches filmed (and compilations produced) before August 2003 are not currently available on DVD. This is because they were mastered on now-obsolete
S-VHS tapes and the process of converting them to DVD is too time-consuming, especially when there is insufficient demand.
In addition to DVD’s, we are now able to distribute full matches in high definition to our customers on branded USB sticks or from them downloading the match file via Dropbox. Full match files will be in full 1080p HD with a 28Mbps bit-rate on our USB sticks, while the downloaded file from Dropbox will be in 720P HD with a 7-10Mbps bit-rate depending on the length of the match. The USB sticks are priced at £50.00 each, while paying for the link to be sent for a download from Dropbox will cost just £15.00. The advantage of the USB stick is that you can easily distribute the stick to other team members for them to copy the match file onto their own computers, then you can re-use the stick for anything once you have copied the file yourself. Full matches in high definition are not available for any matches filmed before August 2016.


PICTURE COURTESY OF HORSHAMREBEL.CO.UK