Radio Show

Mental health, emotional-wellbeing and the impact of social media in football

On Wednesday 7th February, fresh off the back of midweek win (progressing in the FA Trophy to host Wealdstone), and being named the Bostik Premier manager of the month, Harry Wheeler made his BOTN panelist debut. A good week also, so far, for Heybridge Swifts manager, Jody Brown, as his side enjoyed a 3-1 win over Norwich United on Tuesday night. Marc White and Mick Sullivan complete our line-up, and the team discuss the importance of emotional-wellbeing, and the impact of social media.

We also hear from Calum Best, son of the late and great George Best, who speaks out about mental health in the professional game, and the ways in which his family were affected.

Ollie Robinson (Met Police), and Danny Bracken (Corinthian-Casuals) were the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings.

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Deadline Day, Financial Fair Play and looming administrations

On Wednesday 31st January Horsham FC manager, Dominic Di Paola, made his BOTN 2018 debut, and joined UEFA A Licenced coach Anthony Ferguson, and James Cummins to debate the January Transfer Window and Financial Fair Play.

Would a wage cap help teams from getting into difficulty? Is deducting points for going into administration fair? Could youth players play a more significant role for clubs with a tight budget? Should the FA provide business support?

With the likes of Hartlepool United, Chester FC and Dulwich Hamlet struggling to keep themselves alive right now, could more be done to prevent Non-League clubs getting into financial difficulty? We take a closer look at non-league clubs who have u-turned administrations, and also at those who have dissolved to rebuild.

Liam Smith (Tonbridge Angels), and Correy Davidson (Witham Town) were the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings – and were both ambitious to get a top half finish.

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Football academies: the pros, the cons and the comparisons between league and non-league set ups

On Wednesday 24th January we had three panellists in the studio, including UEFA A Licenced coach Peter Augustine, and current Bostik Premier managers Frank Wilson and Marc White, to debate football academies: the pros, the cons and the comparisons between league and non-league set ups, and the structure of the FA Cup.

Does Extra-Time in FA Cup replays give an unfair advantage to higher ranked teams? Should ET be scrapped in favour of going straight to penalties? Would this minimise the wariness of teams conscious of injuries and the knock on effect to league forms?

Sam Mott (AFC Hornchurch), and Quincy Rowe (Tooting & Mitcham) were the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings – and were both ambitious to beat Brannon Daly’s and Gareth Chendlik’s joint table-topping time of 50 seconds.

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Can you play from the back in non-league football?

On Wednesday 17th January we had four panellists in the studio, including UEFA A Licenced coaches Peter Augustine and Anthony Ferguson, and current Bostik Premier manager Frank Wilson, to debate Playing From The Back, and Technology in Football.

Is playing from the back an effective style of play in non-league? Can you win trophies with attractive football? Is it suited to the playing conditions of most pitches?

Also, with VAR on everybody’s lips following the controversy surrounding the introduction of the equipment in the FA and Carabao Cup’s, we also debate whether the football industry needs Technology or More Officials? – and whether or not it is viable and necessary to introduce to non-league. What if camera goals, like on The Bostik League Show could assist non-league referees with “game changing” decisions?!

Gareth Chendlik (Dorking Wanderers), and Nassim Dukali (Herne Bay) were the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings – and were both ambitious to beat Brannon Daly’s table-topping time of 50 seconds, and to avoid joining Jack Cawley at the foot of the table.

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What happened in our first radio show of the year?

Over the January transfer window we have heavily strengthened our squad; and our first show of 2018 was also a first show for 4 members of our team.

Do clubs rotate managers too much? Is there enough of an emphasis on coaching defending in non-league football? These and a range of topics were discussed by Ben Eltham, Mick Sullivan, James Cummins, Marc White (well, they were for as long as he had his voice!) and Jody Brown.

To kick-off, the show began discussing the sad injury to Matt Briggs, which led to the abandonment of the Dorking Wanderers vs Burgess Hill after seventy-four minute. The Hillian’s who are rooted to the foot of the Premier Division, at the time had a 2-goal advantage over newly promoted Wanderers. Ian Chapman and Marc White gave us their managerial opinions on the incident. Click here, to view the incident (not for the faint-hearted…). Our best wishes to Matt Briggs and Gary Elphick.

Heybridge Swifts’ Jack Cawley and Horley Town’s Scott Robson, took part in the harder-than-it-sounds Super Sub challenge, and some hilarious answers given!

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BOTN Update: “New Year, New Me”

It’s been 18 weeks since the debut of our non-league highlights show “The Bostik League Show”, in which we are very proud to have brought you 27 episodes (and counting!). Our partnerships with The Isthmian League and PromoteUK have enabled us to explore new ways of giving non-league football the exposure it deserves, from pop-up radio shows, to broadcasting simultaneously across platforms. Our YouTube channel has seen a boom in viewership, and is on course to reach 100,000 by the new year. We can’t thank you enough.

From the 10th January 2018, BOTN is going back to its original radio roots, and broadcasting weekly on Wednesdays from 7pm. The Non-League News will be brought to you on the hour, by our newsreader, James Cummins, and we have secured a panellist of football industry experts who will alternate weekly to co-host with Ben Eltham, including:

  • Mick Sullivan – former Leatherhead and Merstham manager
  • Marc White – manager and chairman of Dorking Wanderers
  • Frank Wilson – manager of Tooting & Mitcham United
  • Dom Di Paola – manager of Horsham
  • Peter Augustine – UEFA A Licensed football coach, and FA County Coach
  • Jody Brown – manager of Heybridge Swifts
  • Rob Small – manager of Bowers & Pitsea
  • Anthony Ferguson – UEFA A Licensed County Coach Developer for London FA
  • Developer
  • James Cummins – co-founder of BOTN

This show will be broadcasted via radio, YouTube, Periscope (Twitter), and Facebook Live.

Why the change? 

We have decided to move our radio shows from 11am on Saturdays to Wednesdays from 7pm because:

  • Prior to August 2017, our radio broadcasts were always midweek following drive time, where we built our listenership (becoming the most listened to show on SUSY Radio);
  • Broadcasting midweek enables the show content to be both review and preview;
  • Just like all those related to non-league football, our volunteers all have full-time jobs/ are in full-time education;
  • This slot enables us to introduce an expert panellist;
  • Being studio based will reduce connection problems (a few have been experienced on the road);
  • Constructive feedback from our fan base.

It has been absolutely fantastic to be on the road, and to meet so many clubs. We will be continuing to bring you live commentary from our feature game, and The Bostik League Show on Sundays. In addition, we will also be bringing back our weekly 20-30 minute Podcasts, which will be available to download for free via iTunes, and the Podcast App. So all in all, the new year will be bringing you even more non-league!

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BOTN Radio: 04-12-17

On Monday 4th December we went back to our Monday night radio roots, and broadcasted 7-9pm. We even brought back Non League News, on the hour, with James Cummins! Dom Di Paola joined the panel, alongside Mick Sullivan, and show guests include: Joan Luque, Jake Cawley, Arron Hopkinson and Chris Haigh.

Despite the success of our Saturday morning popup studio shows, our intentions are to move to a midweek evening slot… more info to follow.

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BOTN Radio: Live from Worthing (18-11-2017)

On Saturday 18th November we set up our studio at the newly reopened Woodside Road. Adam Hinshelwood (manager), and Aarron Racine (assistant manager) of The Rebels joined us in the studio to co-host, ahead of their Premier league encounter with Leiston.

Full line-up: Adam Hinshelwood (Worthing), Aarron Racine (Worthing), Glenn Driver (Leiston), Sammy Moore (Leatherhead), Harry Wheeler (Billericay Town), Neal Simmons (Dereham Town), Danny Heale (Canvey Island), Leigh Dynan (Kingstonian), Frank Wilson (Tooting & Mitcham United), Ross Hamilton (Referee), Jack Barham (Greenwich Borough) and Michael Campbell (Three Bridges).

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BOTN Radio: Live from Dartford (11-11-2017)

On Armistice Day we broadcasted from National League South ground, Princes Park , and were joined by Thamesmead Town manager, Tommy Warrilow and midfielder, Bode Anidugbe.

Full line-up: Tommy Warrilow (Thamesmead Town), Bode Anidugbe (Thamesmead Town), Jim Cooper (Met Police), Tony Russell (Cray Wanderers), Marc White (Dorking Wanderers), Gary McCann (Hendon), Glenn Driver (Leiston), Rob Small (Bowers & Pitsea), Danny Chapman (Harlow Town), Darren Freeman (Lewes), Nick Davies (Sittingbourne) and Junior Kaffo (Croydon Athletic).

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BOTN Radio: Live from Leatherhead (05-11-2017)

A special occasion at Fetcham Grove, called for a special guest appearance on our show. We welcomed Tanners legend, Peter McGilliCuddy who scored in Leatherhead’s 4th Round tie, where they hosted Leicester City in 1975. Current player/ manager, Sammy Moore and player/ assistant manager, Jack Midson also joined to co-host, ahead of their First Round tie to Billericay Town.

Full line-up: Sammy Moore (Leatherhead), Jack Midson (Leatherhead), Peter McGillicuddy (Leatherhead), Harry Wheeler (Billericay Town), Glenn Tamplin (Billericay Town), Jody Brown (Heybridge Swifts), Lewis Dark (Heybridge Swifts), Gary White (Heybridge Swifts), Frank Wilson (Tooting & Mitcham United), Anthony Limbrick (Woking), Chico Ramos (Banstead Athletic).

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