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.


13th January 2017 - Non League Dreamers, Nene neh neh, Lincoln's Greens and Benefactors who go bad  

Double Dave (Anderson & Watters) and Caroline Barker are joined by a gaggle of journalists celebrating the breadth of stories in non league football. First up Nige Tassell reveals what he learnt from his year going round non league that inspired his current best-selling sports book The Bottom Corner - a season with the dreamers of Non League Football. Northampton Telegraph sports reporter Jon Dunham reveals what could befall on of non league's iconic grounds, Nene Park. Mark Carruthers of NonLeagueDaily reveals the latest from Lincoln City ahead of their FA Cup replay with Ipswich Town and discusses some of the other news of the week including that from the FA Vase and FA trophy. Plus Sam Elliott of the Non League Paper explains what happens when benefactors go bad in non league. Join in the debate on Twitter @nonleagueshow.

06th January 2016 - FA Cup Third Round, Fans, finance and friendships, new chairs and full-timers  

The first of the new year hears Caroline Barker joined by the two Daves - Watters and Anderson. In the debate: The FA Cup Third Round. Paul Doswell boss of Sutton United talks about his preparations and @FACupFactfile shares some of the stats about this round and the competition so far this season. Away from the Cup the team talk to Clapton Ultra fans, boycotting a price rise and new Hereford Chairman Ken Kindersley gives his side a good reference for the year ahead. Plus National North side Harrogate Town are the talk of non league as they head down the full-time route.

30th December 2016 - New Year New You?  

It's the last show of 2016 and Caroline Barker and Dave Anderson discuss Eastleigh with new boss Martin Allen, chat record breaking hattricks with George Gaskin and contemplate a Non League Mystery Tour. Get involved in the conversation via Twitter @nonleagueshow

23rd December 2016 - The Christmas Managers' Special  

Dave Anderson presents and is joined by Harrow Borough gaffer Steve Baker and Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett as they talk the season so far, Christmas football, transfer window and the frustrations of being a non league football manager. Plus Editor of Mark Carruthers gives his unique insight into the big news of the week including the Torquay United takeover, Darlington moving home and Hereford extending their ground lease.

16th December 2016 - Christmas is coming the Dave is getting fat  

On location this week lapping up the festive fayre, Caroline Barker and Dave Watters are joined by Nick Robinson, Chairman of the Isthmian League, Mark Harris, Chairman of the Northern Premier League and Brian Barwick, Chariman of the Northern League.

08th December 2016 - Lincoln City, Basingstoke Town, The National League and Ryman League insight  

Your weekly fayre of non league has an early kick off this week and sees Caroline Barker and Dave Anderson in discussion with Danny Cowley boss of FA Cup giantkillers Lincoln City who face potentially and even bigger game this weekend at the top of the National League. There's also the Abbey Gooner presenter of the Ryman Show giving his take on that League so far this season, plus Colin Peake media man of the National League explains about next year's Big Day Out and Terry Brown has insight into whether his club Basingstoke Town is in such dire straits it needed to go up for sale on Ebay. All that and much more. Get in touch via Twitter @nonleagueshow

02nd December 2016 - Wheeling and dealing star strikers, Club's heading in the wrong financial direction, Fan's stepping up, Manager's departing and the FA Cup 2nd Round  

Caroline Barker with a selection of the biggest stories in non league football this week and expert insight from Dave Anderson. There's Chelmsford City boss Rod Stringer on striker Shamir Mullings joining National League Premier side Forest Green Rovers for an undisclosed fee, local insight into the current position at Margate FC from journalist Sam Inkersole. Plus Richard Atkinson on the Kettering fans attempts to protect their former ground at Rockingham Road, Jon Couch from the Non League Paper on the departure of Ronnie Moore from Eastleigh and Tony Dolbear from Sutton United ahead of their Second Round FA Cup match this weekend. Keep up with the conversation via Twitter @nonleagueshow.

25th November 2016 - Non League Supporting their own, Chester, Darlington and the Jurassic Derby  

Caroline Barker and Dave Anderson are joined this week on the phone by Duncan Hart, Chairman of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters Trust who are helping to raise money to support Alli Abdullahi who was left with a broken jaw, eye socket and neck damage following an alleged attack whilst playing for Peckham Town at the weekend. Also on the show, Jeff Banks provides an update on progress at Chester FC and Ray Simpson on the return home of Darlington and Poole Town Boss Tom Killick speaks ahead of his side's derby FA Trophy game at home to Weymouth.

18th November 2016 - No League 3 for now, Lancaster City's loss, FA Cup success for Brackley Town and Solihull Moors and England C  

The team are back in full force with Dave Watters, Dave Anderson and Caroline Barker taking their weekly look over the big issues across the non league game. Chief Executive of AFC Wimbledon returns to the parish to talk about the EFL's withdrawal of their Whole Game Solution and the team ask what next for pyramid proposals. Stuart Houghton Chairman of Lancaster City pays his respects to former Dolly Blues Captain Neil Marshall who lost his battle with cancer this week aged just 31. On the FA Cup trail two giankilling replay winners give their thoughts. First Kevin Wilkin manager of Brackley Town 4-3 winners over Gillingham, then Liam McDonald whose first game in charge at Solihull Moors saw a penalty victory over Yeovil Town to set up a Second Round tie at Luton Town. Finally, The Non League Paper's Matt Badcock tells all about his trip midweek with the England C side to Estonia where a 2-1 win set up an International Challenge Trophy Final place in Slovakia next season. Get involved in the debate @nonleagueshow on Twitter.

11th November 2016 - Frome Town, Shaw Lane Association & Hungerford Town  

Colin Peake joins Dave Watters and Caroline Barker this week as the team talk National League, FA betting rules, FA Trophy and Crowdfunding for ground gradings.

4th November 2016 - A Bit of Wembley, Anything Could Happen, Help, Come Fly With Me  

@FAFactfile Phil Annets leads the way in this FA Cup special as we reach the First Round Proper of the competition. Caroline Barker, Dave Anderson and Dave Watters also talk Westfield FC & Kidderminster Harriers ahead of the weekend that the rest of the football world suddenly seem to rediscover non league. Away from the cup they speak with Greenwich Borough Manager Gary Alexander about how he's pulling on his pro club contacts to build success at the club that launched Ian Wright.

27th October 2016 - The Times They are a Changin', Beautiful Day, I'm a Belieber and Baker Man  

It's the end of an era at Telford United as the supporter's ownership appears to have reached the end of its life and survive the club have chosen to go back to basics. Caroline Barker, Dave Anderson and Dave Watters find our more and also speak to Mark Goldberg who has brought in Jamie Day to help keep Welling in the National League. There's also the tale of the Step 6 players who chose Justin Bieber over the second half of their game for Woodley United and Steve Baker previews his Harrow Borough's FA Cup tie at Northampton Town.

21st October 2016 - Making your mind up and don't you forget about me  

Another bumper-filled show with Caroline Barker and Dave Anderson this week discussing the move from Wrexham back to York with returning manager Gary Mills, talking travelling in Europe with Whitehawk gaffer Richard Hill and not being picked for the FA Cup telly matches with Curzon Ashton. England C goalkeeping coach Mick Payne also previews their forthcoming match in Estonia and Sam Elliott from the Non League Paper updates on some of the other big news in non league this week.

13th October 2016 - The Tranmere Rover and Life with plastic, it's fantastic  

A day early this week and location is everything as Dave Anderson and Caroline Barker explain, whilst Dave Watters pokes his head up from his results bunker. This week new Tranmere boss Micky Mellon returns to the Non League Football Show and explains why returning to the clubs is proving something of a habit. Elsewhere Redditch United Chairman Chris Swan is revelling in the success of their new 3G pitch and discusses the benefit of going artificial turf. Bryn Lee of SIS Pitches adds his expert knowledge to the debate too and why it is proving more and more appealing to Non League clubs. Another club enjoying a new 'plastic' pitch is Hendon and boss Gary McCann talks about finally having a home at Silver Jubilee Park and their big away game this week in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round at Boreham Wood. Finally, the fan's eye view comes from Adrian Gomm of Rebel Radio. He explains why Slough Town's move to their own new ground with a 3G pitch has proven such a revelation and the importance of having given a joint management team time to build a balanced squad. Get involved in the debate on Twitter @nonleagueshow

7th October 2016 - Fight for your right, when the going gets tough, keeping the dream alive  

A plethora of guests and topics as Caroline Barker and Dave Watters are joined by Mark Harris, Chairman of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Phil Austin the President of the Jersey FA on their denied UEFA application and appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Adam Lockwood the Guiseley Manager who led his team to an emphatic 6-1 victory over York for their first win in 5 months this week. Plus @FACupFactfile Phil Annetts gives his thoughts on the FA Cup draw this week that dangles the carrot of a Football League club for the winner. Richard Brady Chairman at Leatherhead FC explains why appointing Jimmy Bullard as first team manager is proving such a success and new boss at Weston Super Mare Scott Bartlett explains how he hopes the club will benefit from his day job at the academy at Forest Green Rovers. Get involved in the conversation via Twitter @nonleagueshow

30th September 2016 - Changes: Managers, Club ownership & Football Pyramid  

It's the end of September and there are changes-a-plenty. Caroline Barker and Dave Anderson speak with the new man in at Braintree Town Hakan Hayrettin and find out why the lure of the number one job was too much. Plus Charlie Griffin who has returned to his old club to take over the managerial reins and hopes his knowledge of the club will serve him well. We also catch up with the story at Bath City where their dream of fan ownership is finally a reality and speak with former Watford star Gifton Noel-Williams who has linked with his mentor Luther Blissett to take the manager's role at Burnham FC. All that, plus news around the leagues and an exclusive interview with National League CEO Michael Tattersall on the EFL's summer proposals and what it may all mean for the non league game. Keep involved in the conversation via Twitter @nonleagueshow

23rd September 2016 - The best manager in the National League, all change at Tranmere and what's on The Cards  

Caroline Barker is joined in the studio by Dave Anderson and Swampy returns via the magic of Skype from the other side of the world, with a wealth of good ideas. New Eastleigh boss Ronnie Moore tells how much he is enjoying his first stint in management at non league and after a record-breaking FA Cup win, Hadley boss and Spurs and Chelsea legend, Micky Hazard tells how he is passing on his experience to his young players in an uncomplicated way. Plus Declan from Radio Woking tells what's on the Cards from a fan's point of view.

16th September 2016 - Saddest news, FA Cup & 3 Gaffers  

Caroline Barker and Dave Watters go Phil-tastic with Non League Magazine Editor Phil Brennan joining them to talk all things non league and @FACupFactFile Phil Annets looking ahead to the weekend's FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round. Remembering Daniel Wilkinson, the Shaw Lane defender who collapsed and later died during a cup game at Brighouse Town on Monday, the team discuss schemes that aim to eradicate the risk of cardiac arrest for young footballers. Plus Jay Foulds one of the three-way management team at Ashton Athletic FC talks sharing the load.

9th September 2016 - Returning home, global attention and keeping it real  

For this bumper episode, Caroline and three Daves (Anderson, Watters and Roberts) are joined by Tim Harris as he talks about Gloucester City finally returning home and Liam Watson on his own return to Southport this time as a Director. Plus viral sensation and goalscoring goalkeeper Dan Lowson explains what that goal meant to his Spennymoor Town team in the FA Cup and City of Liverpool FC gaffer Simon Burton talks new, fan club and the FA Vase this weekend. Lincoln City boss and Danny Cowley then rounds off the show after a great start to the season but with his feet firmly on the floor.

2nd September 2016 - Non League Day special  

It's Non League Day this weekend and we celebrate the best in Non League and why the uninitiated should be introduced to game at this level with Sam Elliott of the Non League Paper, Roisin Wood of Kick it Out and Caroline, Dave and Dave in the studio. Plus it's FA Cup weekend, the First Qualifying Round is here and we catch up with Morpeth Town manager Nick Gray.

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