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.


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.

19th January 2017 - FA Cup shocks north and south of the border and a big boy helps his old boys  

Caroline and the two Daves are joined by Antony Smith, Chairman at Concord Rangers and the man who first spotted FA Cup giantkiller Danny Cowley's management potential. Plus the Chairman of Sutton United Bruce Elliott celebrates his own club's FA Cup success and a lucrative TV home tie against Leeds United. We hear from one Chairlady who confirms rumours of her club's demise are greatly exaggerated but also why one old boy's concern has given her renewed vigour - that's Dee Dhand at Hillingdon Borough and Everton's Yannick Bolasie. Plus there's Robbie Horn who hopes to lead his Scottish Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose to a Scottish FA Cup upset at the weekend against near rivals and current cup holders Hibernian. Join in the conversation on Twitter @nonleagueshow and don't forget to share this episode with friends, family and anybody who knows you.

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

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