Chelsea Transfer Target
Mar 27, 2019, 3:42 PM
Location: Northwood, Middlesex
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Re: [Rebel Yeller] Non-League Rule Change Experiments Over The Years
In respect of the kick-ins, all Isthmian games that season had just kick ins. We only saw a throw in in FA Cup, Trophy, etc.
It was a disaster and we couldn't wait for it to end. The idea was that players would take a kick in quicker than a throw in and the ball would travel further forward more quickly , thus encouraging attacking play. In practice, every kick in was treated like a free kick. So teams waited whilst their players went forward and got into position, thus slowing the thing right down. Plus the usual throw in quibbles of taking it from the right place still persisted. The whole thing had the complete opposite effect of that intended.
I remember Alan Turvey trumpeting that it was an honour for the Isthmian League to be chosen for this. No it wasn't.
Kick-ins weren't compulsory, there was still the choice but you couldn't just fetch the ball, put it down, and knock it to a team-mate as was the hope. A player wanting to take a kick-in had to raise his arm out at shoulder level to indicate a kick-in rather than a throw-in was being taken, and wait for the referee to acknowledge. Hence lofting the ball forward to big guys up front was more than popular. I was still living in Bromley & supporting them that season. We had Trevor Aylott and Carl Richards up front and anything from the halfway line was just pumped up to one of them in the box. Though I believe there was one cub, I think it was St Albans City, where the manager banned kick-ins and substituted players who defied him?
Northwood, Threave Rovers, Arsenal, Rangers (the real ones, NOT qpr),Watford, Rochdale, queen of the south and a few others.