Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The teams who will battle it out for promotion to the Football League in the Blue Square Premier playoff final at Wembley on May 16th have now been settled.

Two hotly contested semi finals saw Oxford United overcome Rushden & Diamonds 3-1 on aggregate and York City triumph 2-0 on aggregate over Luton Town.

Luton's scummy fans didn't take things too well and attacked the York players - and to think they still hold a grudge over Millwall after all these years. Always hated Luton since the plastic pitch and identity card fiasco of the Thatcher years. Glad they're where they are and hope they get another 30 points deducted like they did a few years ago. I do feel sorry for Chairman Nick Owen, who is a good guy and really passionate about his club and football in general.

All that aside, it should be a great final, with both sides keen to regain their League status. York City were relegated to the Conference at the end of the 2003/04 season, with Oxford United going down to the non league level two years later at the end of the 2005/06 season, a huge downfall for them after being in the top tier First Division just 18 years previously.

The Blue Square Premier is just getting more and more competitive and each year is getting harder to get out of. With more ex League teams wanting their place back in the League ranks, the result is great football. Well, my idea of great football!

Even the relegation places were tight this season, with just two points seperating five sides in the end, and all four promoted sides from Conference North and South avoided the relegation places, showing just how strong in depth the pyramid system in England has become.

We complained a few weeks ago about there being no non league football on the box now that Setanta has gone bust (see Blog here) and it was frustrating at not being able to see the semi finals in anything but edited highlights form, but at least we have that and the final will be live on Sky Sports for many to see around the world.

Hopefully next season will be different and we can enjoy the non league action regularly on TV once again.

For those interested, here are the highlights from both first legs of both games for your enjoyment (we'll add links to the second leg highlights as soon as we can):

York City v Luton Town - Semi Final First Leg

Scummy Luton Fans Attacking York Players

Rushden & Diamonds v Oxford United - Semi Final First Leg

Oxford United v Rushden & Diamonds - Semi Final Second Leg And After

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