Athletic Club team up with Civil Service FC for Non-League Day

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Spanish club team up with Chiswick based team for Non-League Day

This Saturday, (23 March) Civil Service FC will be playing Old Carthusians at King’s House Sports Grounds. A normal home fixture for the Chiswick based side, the game is very special due to the involvement of a top tier Spanish side, Athletic Club.

The match is to celebrate the second edition of Euskal Non-League day, an event designed by Athletic Club to recognise the “fundamental work our affiliated clubs throughout the Basque Country do in serving their communities and producing players for Athletic’s first team.”

Euskal Non-League Day was inspired by the British version, which James Doe founded in 2010 with the aim of using international breaks as a means of promoting attendance at lower-league football stadiums throughout the United Kingdom.

Athletic Club shares several historical links with British football. The sport was brought to Bilbao by English sailors and miners, and one of Athletic’s 33 founding members was an Englishman named Alfred Mills. Civil Service are the only remaining team of those which founded the FA in 1863.

As a tribute to the British event and the role English football played in Athletic Club’s origins, they have collaborated with seven non-league teams that have had Athletic Club players before.

The seven teams are: Civil Service FC, United Hospitals FC, Eastbourne Town FC, Bromley FC, Merton FC, Dulwich Hamlet FC and Corinthian-Casuals FC.

Athletic has sent each club a flag to hang up at their respective ground and a retro jersey to raffle off among their fans. In return, the English sides have sent a flag of their own for Athletic Club to use during their Euskal Non-League Day events and later donate to their AC Museum.

In a post on ‘X’ Civil Service said:

“We are proud of our history and the links we have made with clubs across Europe including @Athletic_en. We can’t wait to visit Bilbao in May.

Thank you for highlighting our @AmateurFA Cup semi final v Old Carthusians next Saturday @KHSSportsGround. All spectators welcome.”

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