Eagerly-anticipated Hellenic League football season gets underway this weekBy Adam Lee
August 10, 2010
The 2010/11 Hellenic Premier Division season will be a whole new ball game for the players, managers, officials and fans of the area’s leading non-league clubs.
For the first time ever, four clubs from the area, seperated by little more than six miles, will compete against one another to prove once and for all who is the best in Bracknell and Wokingham.
And, come May 2011, either Bracknell Town, Ascot United, Binfield or Wokingham & Emmbrook will be able to look down on their local rivals.
Some believe having four clubs in the same division in such close proximity is bad for football in the area, and a merger between two, three or four of them would ultimately prove beneficial.
Others believe this is the best thing that has happened in local non-league football in years, providing excitment both on and off the pitch as the four clubs battle it out for the local bragging rights.
One thing for certain, however, is that with a total of 12 league derbies to look forward to, as well as games against other fairly local teams including Reading Town, Abingdon Town and Wantage Town, a huge amount of games will be highly-charged, intense affairs.
And, even if the situation isn’t ideal for local football, at least the local fans will have plenty to enjoy between now and next May.
Here is the low down on the four club’s from the Bracknell and Wokingham as they prepare to kick off their new campaigns.
- Hellenic Premier preview: Ascot United FC
- Hellenic Premier preview: Binfield FC
- Hellenic Premier preview: Bracknell Town FC
- Hellenic Premier preview: Wokingham & Emmbrook FC