The Non League Football Show

The Non League Football Show

United Kingdom

It's back and it has a brand new home. Listen here to Caroline Barker and the Non League show team every week, bringing you the big stories, news and opinions from the grassroots level of the beautiful game.


02nd June 2017 - The toughest division yet? England C and Radcliffe go Rad  

Caroline Barker and Dave Anderson speak to England C Assistant Manager Mick Payne about the weekend's action and the value of the national non league side. Plus Radcliffe Borough Chairman Paul Hilton explains his club's change of name and why the Borough title had become misleading.

25th May 2017 - Re-structures, Orient and re-living FA Cup dreams  

The A-team are back as Caroline Barker is joined by Dave Anderson and Dave Watters for this week's look at the non league football world, a day earlier than normal. Joining the team on the line are Isthmian League Chairman Nick Robinson explaining the impact of the latest restructuring of the english football pyramid with the arrival of two new divisions in coming seasons. As the non league world prepares for change Omer Riza gets ready to revisit the world he thought he had left behind, now as manager of Leyton Orient, relegated from the Football League. Hear how those preparations are going amidst continuing turmoil at the club. Plus it's FA Cup final day and a chance for some non league teams to relive those FA Cup exploits including Chief Executive of Westfields Andrew Morris as part of the Abide With Me congregation.

19th May 2017 - Play-off shake up, York v Macclesfield, Non League Day and awards  

In a massive week for non league, Caroline Barker and Dave Anderson speak with National League CEO Michael Tattersall about the play-off revolution announced this week. There's the two manager's in this weekend's Buildbase FA Trophy Final, Gary Mills of York City and John Askey of Macclesfield Town as Non League Finals Day hits Wembley. Plus Non League Paper Editor Alex Narey tells all about the National Game Awards Winners.

12th May 2017 - The National League Play-offs and new season plans  

Tim Fuell leads the team of Dave Anderson and Swampy through a National League play-off special including interviews with Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon and Forest Green Rovers Mark Cooper ahead of Sunday's battle for that second promotion spot into the Football League. Sam Elliott of the Non League paper offers his insight into the National League North final featuring FC Halifax and Chorley and the National League South final between Ebbsfleet United and Chelmsford City and the team discuss news from Southport, Braintree, Wealdstone, and Basingstoke

5th May 2017 - Play-offs, England C, Sin Bins and charity internationals  

With the main season concluded, it's a late kick-off for the team today as Caroline Barker is joined by Dave Anderson and Swamp as they talk to Dave Watters about the play-offs so far, talk England C with Paul Fairclough and discuss the new sin bin proposal with Mark Ives - Head of Judicial Services at The Football Association - and Danish sports journalist Christian Winther. Plus news of a charitable international game this weekend at Peckham Town. The Non league Football Show Podcast sponsored by Pitchero, the UK's number one provider of sport club websites. Join in the discussion via Twitter @nonleagueshow

5th May 2017 BONUS - FA Vase Final 2017 Preview  

With the main show this week delayed by a few hours, here’s a bonus Buildbase FA Vase Final Preview episode featuring players and volunteers from Cleethorpes Town and South Shields recorded this week as the FA Vase visited them in their home grounds. The two clubs do battle in the opening game of Non League Finals Day on Saturday 21st May at Wembley. Tickets for the double cup final event - also featuring the FA Trophy Final between Macclesfield Town and York City - are still available from

28th April - Play-off appeals and ground grading rules. Last minute safety and securing the title  

Dave Anderson is joined by Northwood FC Chairman Ian Barry and Swampy as they discuss play-off appeals and league rules with Colin Peake, final day relegation battles and great escapes with Burgess Hill Town Manager Ian Chapman and achieving greatness and the delight of non league football with newly crowned champion boss Danny Cowley of Lincoln City. The Non-League Football Show Podcast sponsored by Pitchero, the UK’s no.1 provider of sport club websites. Join in the debate via Twitter @nonleagueshow

21st April 2017 The Northern Line: Blyth, Barrow, Lincoln, South Shields  

From Blyth to Barrow to as far north as we can drag Lincoln, this week's show is dedicated to the special love affair that is Non League Football up north. Managers and owners and pundits all take part.

14th April 2017: Ground grading and beer swilling  

The latest on play-off woes as Poole and Darlington look to make the ground grade. Steve Burr on his 117 to 1 shots at Stalybridge and Dean Brennan, the 6 games a week manager

7th April 2017 - Chelmsford City, Ilkeston Town, Aldershot Town, Skelmersdale United and Tranmere Rovers  

It's FRI..... not just Friday but Financial Reporting Initiative. Is it working ask Caroline Barker and Dave Anderson as they talk about club takeovers, club uncertainty and club futures. Is it possible to detach emotion from building a football club? In discussion this week Caroline's beloved Chelmsford City and the value of community run clubs. Ilkeston Town and their promises to the league that they can fulfil their remaining fixtures with Northern Premier League Chairman Mark Harris offering the latest in that long-running saga. There's an update on the Skelmersdale United situation - now set to groundshare at Prescot Cables, with their Landlord Chequer Properties Ltd offering a response to last week's story over lease negotations or rather lack via their representative Mike Swift. When's a risk not a risk when it comes to non league football? Aldershot Town hope move to ‘summer contracts’ will help convince their stars to stay and Chairman Shahid Azeem explains more and how he hopes it will help Gary Waddock build an even stronger squad for next season. On the field in the National League, Aldershot Town are 5th with Lincoln still top level on points with Trammere - who had a key last minute winner over sutton midweek. Tranmere boss Micky Mellon explains how he is preparing his side for the remaining handful of games. The Non-League Football Show Podcast sponsored by Pitchero, the UK’s no.1 provider of sport club websites. Get in touch via Twitter @nonleagueshow

31st March 2017 - Billericay Town, Hereford, Maidenhead Utd, RefereeSupport, Skelmersdale Utd, & Whitby Town  

A bumper classic from the Non League Show team as March draws to a close and the season falls into shape. After much talking recent weeks new Billericay Chairman turned Chairman Glenn Tamplin joins the team and confirms his 20k per week wage bill, his realistic expectations and how he ended up with both top jobs at the club. Next up Peter Beadle who has led Hereford to back to back promotions and feels as much a fan of the reformed club as the manager chiselling his name on the history of the club. One manager not yet assured of his league title is former West Ham United midfielder Alan Devonshire who from the sidelines at training of his club Maidenhead United sounds calmer than most 3 points ahead with 6 games to play. Violence on the field at non league games hit the headline twice this week and Martin Cassidy CEO at independent charity RefSupport explains how the law needs to change to protect the officials in black and in turn protect the future of the game. With ground grading and tenure deadlines due today one man certain of a rough night was Norman Feeney. Vice Chairman at Skelmersdale United whose family have been involved at the club for it's full 135 years and now faces the demise of the club because the landlord won't grant the necessary lease extension. Rounding off an providing why we love non league football is Paul Connolly Press Officer at Whitby Town who explains how the non league network joined together when the club's radio kit was left halfway down the country. Love football, love non league. Get in touch via Twitter @nonleagueshow and vote for us in the British Podcast Awards The Non-League Football Show Podcast sponsored by Pitchero, the UK’s no.1 provider of sport club websites.

24th March 2017 - Stands, stadiums, stars and stepping up  

Caroline Barker, Dave Anderson and Swampy discuss some of the biggest stories in non league this week. Maidstone United co-owner Oliver Ash talks about his club's investment in safe standing and CEO at Horsham FC John Lines celebrates third time lucky as plans for their new ground was approved this week. Plus former Spurs midfielder and Celebrity Big Brother star Jamie O'Hara explains why he has chosen to pull his boots back on and join up with Billericay Town who are quickly become an all-star celebrity select. Finally, Father and son Jason and Ben Goodliffe talk about the latter's newly announced move from Boreham Wood to Wolverhampton Wanderers. For the fans, by the fans, The Pitchero Non League Football Show is the original and leading show focusing on the best of the english football pyramid every week.

17th March 2017 - Fan Action, FA Trophy, FA Vase and grounds for moving  

How far would you go to make your voice heard at your club? Caroline Barker, Dave Anderson and Dave Watters hear from the national league fans at Altrincham walking out in protest. Plus who’s on their way to Wembley? It's semi final second legs as the team check in with the FA Vase and the FA Trophy as they talk to Cleethorpes Town secretary Matt Jones who also has a new role pending and York City boss Gary Mills who potentially has a cup shock pending. Plus Keith McMahon returns to the show to talk about Thamesmead Town's announcement of a new era away from from Bayliss Avenue. The Non League Football Show, sponsored by Pitchero, running your club online should be simple, so start your free pitch hero trial today - and see what a Pitchero website can do for your club… Get involved in the conversation throughout the week on Twitter @nonleagueshow

10th March 2017 - Non league support, managerial woes, celebrity strikers and FA Cup dreams  

Lincoln City are on FA Cup duty again, we have a Norwegian TV star coming to a football pitch near you, a goalkeeper whose life has been turned upside down this week, a manager clubless this weekend, and a non league fan retiring after over a decade working hard. Swampy and Dave Anderson join Caroline Barker as they speak with Slough Town boss Neil Baker about the non league community rallying round goalkeeper Mark Scott after he broke his neck playing for the Rebels at the weekend. Also joining the show Craig Edwards who resigned from the Manager's role at Billericay Town this week after year's of service to the club and he explains why that tenure came to an end. Then to the Norwegian TV commentator Simen Moller who has come out of retirement to play for Spartan South Midlands League side Biggleswade United after a chance meeting with Guillem Balague to write another story in the club's history that club secretary Tracey James explains is every evolving. With Lincoln City travelling to Arsenal in the last 8 of the FA Cup this weekend BBC Lincolnshire's Rob Makepeace explains what this season has meant to the fans and how they have been preparing for the game. For the fans, by the fans The Pitchero Non League Football Show. Join in the debate on twitter @nonleagueshow

3rd March 2017 - Celebrating the best in Non League, New gaffers and potential new grounds  

Matt Badcock from the Non League paper joins the team to tell all about this season's National Game Awards plus there's new manager at Aylesbury FC, Davis Haule, Alex Crane from the Dulwich Hamlet Supporter's Trust talking planning for their redevelopment and Chairman at Ilkeston Town Nigel Harrop explains why he's linking the Bermudan Triangle with the appointment of Shaun Goater as manager. All that and much more. Join in the debate via Twitter @nonleagueshow

23rd February 2017 - FA Cup dreams ended, suspended and pied and the FA Trophy Wembley dreams.  

Sutton United Manager Paul Doswell gives an honest account of one of the most memorable weeks of his life with defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup and the aftermath of #piegate. Continuing the FA Cup theme Caroline, Dave and Dave speak with @trisimp about Lincoln City and the Cowley brothers and Dulwich Hamlet manager Gavin Rose joins the team on the phone ahead of his team's big FA Trophy match this weekend. All that and more and don't forget to get involved in the conversation via Twitter @nonleagueshow

17th February 2017 - Still loving it, FA Cup Facts, FA Vase and Managerial Manoeuvres  

Joining Dave, Dave and Caroline this week: Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still on his excitement at the way his new recruits have stepped up from lower levels to help the Daggers challenge in the National League. @FAFactFile Phil Annetts returns to set the record straight on this weekend's 5th Round action for Lincoln and Sutton and the involvement of non league clubs at this stage of the competition and the boys debate sponsorship in the FA Cup. @BasePyramid Stuart Hudson makes his Non League Show debut to talk about the Quarter Finals of the FA Vase and the crowds already being attracted by the clubs left in the competition. Rounding off, former Gosport Borough number two Mick Catlin explains how he got a call up to hold the reins at Winchester City when their manager Ian Saunders was called away on military service at short notice. Plus Dave Watters introduces non league's version of Groundhog Day.

10th February 2017 - A legend passes, a legend returns, a legend begins  

In the week that Hampton & Richmond Borough President and legendary comedy writer Alan Simpson died, Manager Alan Dowson joins Caroline Barker, Dave Anderson and The National League's Colin Peake to reveal what an inspiration he has been to club. Stalybridge Celtic's new manager Steve Burr reveals what enticed him back into the game after his recent departure from Southport and AFC Rushden & Diamonds Vice Chairman Jon Ward explains why they went down the fan poll route to select their of groundshare choice for next season.

2nd February 2017 - Wembley - FA Cup, FA Trophy, FA Vase & FA Youth Cup  

With FA competitions at the forefront of the nation's mind the team head to Wembley to discuss the four big cup competitons and the news around them. Dave Anderson hosts and is joined by Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan, whilst Dave Watters makes up the team via the power of Skype. With Lincoln's success still shining, fan Tristan Cropley @trisimp offers his insight into the Cowley brothers' influence and what lies ahead in the FA Cup 5th Round and last 16 of the FA Trophy. The guys also discuss the value fo the FA Vase as that also reaches the last 16 and give a shout out to the last grassroots contingent in the FA Youth Cup Broxbourne Borough this weekend.

27th January 2017 - Re-jigging leagues, a decade and gone, FA Cup dreams & songs and life-saving non league fans  

With the announcement of the draft changes to the non-league structure in England creating new divisions at both Step 3 and 4, Matt Badcock from the Non League Paper joins Caroline Barker, Dave Anderson and Dave Watters to unravel what it all means. After a decade in charge at Alfreton Town Nicky Law is leaving non league for a new post with Premier League side Burnley and he explains why the decision was so tough to make and why he won't be a stranger to non league in the coming months and years. It's FA Cup Fourth Round and Lincoln City and Sutton United still fly the non league flag. Lincoln boss Danny Cowley is back reflecting on a rare midweek league defeat ahead of their cup game with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday and Sutton fan Totts explains his inspiration for his FA Cup song for his club ahead of their big game at Gander Green Lane on Sunday against Leeds United. Rounding off the show we hear from Stewart Else, Safety Officer at Matlock Town about some quick action by home staff and Workington travelling supporters that saved the life of a non league supporter who suffered a heart attack pre-match last weekend.

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