Maybe it’s because I’m from the UK, but when I think of dogs at the football, I immediately think of two things: dogs running on the pitch and non league football. If you can get the two combined then that’s the double whammy.
Many of us will have seen photos of fans, often old men, standing at UK non-league grounds watching the football with their faithful four-legged companion. There’s even an excellent Twitter account dedicated to it called Non League Dogs. Check it out, it’s tremendous.
It’s rife in the Canadian non-league scene too, as these photos from Vancouver Metro Soccer League matches in and around Vancouver and the lower mainland show. We’re going to update and add to them over the course of the 2016/17 VMSL season, so keep checking back.
Campo Atletico v Rino’s Fury – VMSL Division 1
(Empire Field, Vancouver – Saturday September 10th 2016)
Harps FC v FC Serbia – VMSL Division 2B
(Burnaby Lake Sports Complex, Burnaby – Friday September 23rd 2016)
ICSF Columbus v Rovers Tigers United – VMSL Premier Division
(Empire Field, Vancouver – Saturday October 22nd 2016)
Coquitlam Metro Ford Wolves v Campo Atletico – VMSL Imperial Cup
(Ted Fridge Field, Coquitlam – Friday February 24th 2017)
13th Legion v Burnaby Selects White Eagles – VMSL Division 2 Cup
(Empire Field, Vancouver – Saturday February 25th 2017)
ICSF Columbus v NVFC Norvan Lions – VMSL Masters A Cup
(Trillium Park, Vancouver – Friday March 3rd 2017)
Croatia SC v EDC Burnaby – VMSL Premier Division
(Trillium Park, Vancouver – Saturday March 4th 2017)