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THE recent exploits of City and United have seen Manchester labelled as the UK’s capital of football. Most Mancunian sport fans live and breathe football, and ‘the beautiful game’ is the main talking point in pubs and taxis across the city.

However, it’s not just the Premier League powerhouses that get Mancunian chins wagging, for there is much more to the Manchester football scene than City and United. The Greater Manchester region also boasts five Football League teams and over a dozen prominent non-league clubs.

Beyond the Big Two will highlight what’s going on in Manchester football outside of City and United, from its Football League sides to its non-league clubs, covering not just those in the semi-professional ranks but some further down the non-league pyramid too.

Launched ahead of the 2016/17 season, there promises to be some exciting times ahead with Bolton Wanderers joining Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Athletic in League One.

And as for non-league, the likes of Stockport County and FC United are set to fight it out for bragging rights with relegated Altrincham and promoted Salford City in the National League North. Let battle commence!