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Property developers and the death of non league football clubs


Well worth it regardless of the outcome. Admittedly I went with my daughter but generally you dont get to be involved in too many out pouring of joy when you have a genuine involvement in something be it as a regular fan, administrator or player. It was fabulous to see the people who have worked so hard all season long against the odds firstly, finish the season(!)and secondly, on the field get rewarded for years of work. Since promotion from the Ryman league south as it was they have incrementally been building a playing set up with resilience and depth.

Hamlet have been in the play offs for three consecutive years and if Billericay hadnt had the enormous cash injection from an owner prepared to pay big money in salaries and transfer fees! We would have been in a strong position to win the league. The time is right, most players in the squad will cope with the step up and there are one or two who could step up to the conference perhaps League 2 in the way Ethan Pinnick and Erun Oztumer have done at Barnsley and Walsall. Interestingly Hendon have 5 players selected by Jamie Vardy for his non league academy.

Enjoy the game and good luck to Harrogate. Yesterday was so tense, got home in bed by 9:00 had to be woken at 7:00! Which is spectacular given I normally only sleep for 5-6 hrs. So set your alarm clock afterwards!

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Yay! Town promoted! 3-0. Dominic Knowles scored 2 and 9 in last 3 games!

3,000 crowd today, Brill!

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Good - the two biggest spenders have gone up.
Southport will probably start favourites now for Conf N next season with all the money behind them.
Mind you therefore still some big clubs - Kiddy, Hereford, Brackley, Stockport.

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In Scotland the Blue Brazil, AKA Cowdenbeath, survive for another season in the league. Beat Cove Rangers 3-2 ( 3-2 on agg ).

Cove were evidently slightly upset about their goalkeeper getting taken out by a trip before the 70th minute winner was fired into an empty net. They had 3 players sent off in injury time, one for dissent and two after a mass brawl.



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paulisi wrote:

Good - the two biggest spenders have gone up.
Southport will probably start favourites now for Conf N next season with all the money behind them.
Mind you therefore still some big clubs - Kiddy, Hereford, Brackley, Stockport.


 they'll need a huge turnaround in their form, at least returning manager Liam Watson knows the club but who knows what is the right formula for success



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JonH wrote:

Yay! Town promoted! 3-0. Dominic Knowles scored 2 and 9 in last 3 games!

3,000 crowd today, Brill!


Congratulations hope you had a great day. Hereford will be a great addition to conference North slightly gutted we wont be playing them but they will get some decent local games Kiddy (great soup at the ground and beer at the Seven Railway Station by the ground) Telford, Nuneaton but a bit of a treck to Harrogate but I hear the black pudding is great. 



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Black Pudding? Harrogate! ? We might be from Yorkshire but we're posh in this neck of the woods. Now, where has that second bottle of prosecco gone to?!

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Also Kiddy is famous for its cottage pies...

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I went to visit a steelwork fabricator yesterday to inspect some roof trusses they were making. The company actually specialises in providing stands for football clubs in the lower leagues - up to National League level. Recent clients include Salford City and Forest Green.

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Dulwich have sold their centre forward (a mighty fine player) to Coventry City who were promoted to National League 1 for an undisclosed fee. I dont think they quite realise what a skilful player they have signed. I Just hope there is a sell on clause. Very spoilt last season watching Reise Allaasani in the pink and blue.

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A while since I've mentioned them, but just to note harrogate town have started life in the National League well. Unbeaten so far with 3 initial draws and then 2 wins (Aldershot yesterday) is a good start. Dominic Knowles has scored regularly as town sit in 7th place at this stage although the unbeaten record is a great start. I wonder when bigger clubs, maybe EFL will notice Knowles, he's scored really consistently last season and this and doing it now at a high level. He's scored 3 so far this season.

Not been able to get along so far due to work and holidays, although saw town beat Bradford city 7-2 in pre season match.

Don't imagine they can make top 7 and play offs but a good mid table position this season would be great.

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Despite Salford's mixed start, they are favourites to win the league. They are paying silly money. For instance they signed Rooney from Aberdeen and doubled his wages. He was allegedly on 2k per week in Scotland...
Fylde are also throwing money at it.

In the conference north, Chorley look the class act.
Southport have the biggest wage bill in the league, but has just picked up their first points in their 5th attempt.

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paulisi wrote:

Despite Salford's mixed start, they are favourites to win the league. They are paying silly money. For instance they signed Rooney from Aberdeen and doubled his wages. He was allegedly on 2k per week in Scotland...
Fylde are also throwing money at it.

In the conference north, Chorley look the class act.
Southport have the biggest wage bill in the league, but has just picked up their first points in their 5th attempt.


 where is the fylde money coming from ?



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Conference South has proved a real step up for Hamlet, I also witnessed the most hostile atmospheres (fans abusing the ref) I have seen in non league football when we threatened to take home all the points before a very harassed ref evened up a dubious first half pen. We should stay up and continue to play good football. Crowds dipping a bit at about 800 if we were at home we would be pulling n well 1.5- 2k regularly maybe more.

I feel for Truro also evicted and now playing 40 miles away? At Torquay (who also have an owner who has a history re defining non league football pitches as real estate. Woking also in stadia problems.

Loadsa money Billericay will go up from conference South. A done deal players bought and paid for.

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JonH wrote:
paulisi wrote:

Despite Salford's mixed start, they are favourites to win the league. They are paying silly money. For instance they signed Rooney from Aberdeen and doubled his wages. He was allegedly on 2k per week in Scotland...
Fylde are also throwing money at it.

In the conference north, Chorley look the class act.
Southport have the biggest wage bill in the league, but has just picked up their first points in their 5th attempt.


 where is the fylde money coming from ?


 They have a wealthy chairman prepared to find out of his own money. Paid 50k for one player.



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