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“If you listen to Mozart, you’ll play better football”

Can you imagine a match day without music? A ground without chants? International encounters without national anthems?

Music and football, are two things which go hand-in-hand, across the globe – and on Wednesday night our team delve into the tracks which evoke their greatest football memories.

Considered as the most successful club coach in the history of Serie A, Giovanni Trapattoni, who spent the majority of his career at AC Millan, believes music can make a better player.

If you listen to Mozart, you’ll play better football… You learn a lot about intervals, tempo, rhythm. You learn the logical skills you need to read a game”.

With human-emotion connecting football to music, can your match performance really be impacted by your dressing room DJ?

Bayern Munich have revealed that the songs they play in the dressing room are always fast paced; and earlier in the season, Tooting & Mitcham United’s, Quincy Rowe told us Beyoncé’s Run The World (Girls) was a dressing room favourite.

Our team select the songs they believe to be the best motivators. What’s yours?

Get involved with the discussion, and let us know the music to your match day. From memories, to motivations, to chants – we want to know!

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Can you really be “part-time” in football management?

On Wednesday 11th April, Enfield Town manager, Andy Leese, and Hampton & Richmond Borough manager, Alan Dowson, joined Ben Eltham and Mick Sullivan to discuss all things football management.

Having managed The Beavers in the Bostik Premier division, and earning promotion into the National League South, Dowson, shares his opinions on the rights and wrongs in management, and the difference between full-time and part-time management.

The team also debate management tenure, club investments, whether coaching badges are necessary, and the qualities they feel a manager should possess.

Bowers & Pitsea stopper, Callum Chafer, is the latest player to enter the Super Sub rankings – and following a promotion-battling game at the weekend (2-2 v Maldon & Tiptree), Jammers goalkeeper Chris Haigh is at risk of relegation, pending Callum’s entry to the division.

Can producer Adam continue his streak on Super Sub – or are managers a bit out of his depth?

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The gloves are off, and the studio turns its full attention to between the sticks

On Wednesday 4th April, four different non-league goalkeepers joined Mick Sullivan and Ben Eltham in the studio to talk all about their specialist position – (L to R) Sam Mott (AFC Hornchurch), Zaki Oualah (Hayes & Yeading), James Shaw (Burgess Hill Town) and Rob Tolfrey (Kingstonian). The team debated goalkeeping across the football leagues, playing out from the back, goalkeeping coaching and technology, and management.

The team also put forward their choice England goalkeepers for the World Cup, and share with us the managers, and coaches, who have best helped them throughout their playing careers.

We also hear from FA County Coach Developer, and regular panellist, Peter Augustine on the art of goalkeeping, and goalkeeping coaching, and we catch up with Walton Casuals stopper, Denzel Gerrar.

Can producer Adam continue his streak on Super Sub – or is goalkeeping a bit out of his depth?

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The digital consumption of modern day football

On Wednesday 28th March, Metropolitan Police manager, Jim Cooper, and Tonbridge Angels manager, Steve McKimm,  joined Curtis Foster, Peter Augustine and Ben Eltham in the studio. The team debated the changes in consumptions across the football leagues, particularly seated stadiums, ground gradings, and digital consumption – for fans, coaches, scouts and players.

The team also put their relegation predictions forward for the Bostik Premier division.

Producer Adam, makes a return on Super Sub – but can any of our studio guests trump his knowledge?

Zak Joseph (Hendon) and Josh Kelly (Walton Casuals) are the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings.

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How is modern football consumed?

On Wednesday 21st March, Kingstonian manager, Leigh Dynan and Walton Casuals manager, Anthony Gale,  joined Mick Sullivan and Ben Eltham in the studio. The team debated the changes in consumptions across the football leagues, particularly Bostik attendances and demographics.

The team also put their predictions forward for the 2017/18 playoffs.

Once again a panelist makes is 3 of out of 3 in Who Am I, and Lewis Spence (Thurrock) is the latest player to enter the Super Sub rankings.

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Is there too much competition in football? (Part 2)

On Wednesday 14th March, former Crawley Town, Worthing, Grays Athletic, and Ashford United player, Ryan Richefond joined Frank Wilson, James Cummins and Ben Eltham in the studio. The team debated the level of competition across the football leagues, particularly focussing on loanee and dual-signed players, league restructures and international/ national policies.

This show saw the return of Who Am I, and James Shaw (Burgess Hill Town), and Ryan Richefond (Ashford United) were the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings.

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International Women’s Day

On Wednesday 7th March, in celebration of International Women’s Day, we welcomed a host of new faces to the panel including: Curtis Foster (Worthing Ladies manager), Paul Walker (Crawley Wasps manager), Charlie Bickell (Whyteleafe Ladies manager), Harry Martin (Whyteleafe Ladies assistant manager), Stuart Fuller (Lewes FC chairman), Millie Colbran (Worthing Ladies player), and Charlotte Richardson (Margate FC media/ marketing manager). The team discussed the importance of women’s football, and women in football. The key debates included: the media outreach in the Women’s game, and the comparisons and inequalities that remain in the industry, despite the ongoing success of women’s football.

Curtis Foster (Worthing Ladies), and Millie Colbran (Worthing Ladies) were the latest entrants to the Super Sub league. With a forfeit at stake for the losing player, it was all to play for when the gaffer went head-to-head with one of his girls.

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BOTN talks SPORT… Why do we love non-league?

Our co-founder and executive producer, Luke Prior, joined Will Gavin on talkSPORT’s Extra Time Show on Monday, following Manchester City’s exit from the FA Cup to League 1’s Wigan Athletic, to discuss his love for non-league football.

WG: What would you say to someone who has never been to a non-league game – about getting out there and giving it a go?

LP: I think you can expect the same drama, excitement, passion and action as any other football game. At the end of the day, football is the same game no matter what level you play at. So if you’re going to go and watch a non-league football match, you can expect the same debates with your mates about decisions, tactics, and who’s the best player; it’s the same game – and really, the players are just as talented in non-league, as they are at any other level of the game. 

WG: There was a price of football survey released, which showed the best and worst teams to follow from your wallet… National League clubs are incredibly cheap – you’ve got teams like Sutton United, who with an early renewal, you can pay just £85 to go and see them for the season.

LP: It’s amazing isn’t it! It’s a no-brainer really. There’s so many local clubs on your doorstep, that I’m sure many people just don’t know about. For such a cheap price, you feel wanted by the club. Some times when you go to a Premier League game, with the TV deals they have nowadays, sometimes it feels like it is just better that you’re not there – they’re moving fixtures to Monday night, Friday night, and it’s just inconvenient for you, whereas, if you go down on a Saturday to a non-league game, pay £10 on the door, and you feel wanted. 

WG: How important is Non-League Day?

LP: It’s great for highlighting it. I think non-league football is so important to the modern game. People are now really starting to realise the importance of it – the Jamie Vardy Effect – and everyone points it out, but how players and fans are starting to look down to the non-leagues. Young players need to get their chance, to play the game, and the argument is, is it better to be playing in a top academy or to actually be playing games every week and moving to a non-league club. 

WG: In the general game you go and see, what is the general quality of football like? Not just necessarily the drama, but the quality of the product on the pitch?

LP: I think it varies, really. The area we cover – we’ve got the Step 3 – the Bostik Premier, and Step 4 as well – I would consider comparing that to the Premier League and the Championship. You’ve got players who are in the Bostik Premier who are being scouted by clubs like QPR, like Niko Muir who plays for Hendon and has scored 26 goals so far this season. There are players making that jump from Step 4 as well. There are also players who are making their way down at the end of their career, Billericay Town for example, have the likes of Konchesky – good players, who have played in the Champions League. Then there’s the young players coming up as well, and trying to make a name for themselves, and push their way into league football. 

In cup competitions, the media are very quick to label non-league players by their day job, by their profession, whereas I think if these players were training everyday, just like the professional players, with the high quality standard of coaching, and learning tactics, there’s no reason why they couldn’t be just as good. 

WG: You’re an Arsenal fan by tradition, but how does an Arsenal fan go from being an Arsenal fan to going to watch non-league football week out, and covering it? How did that happen?

LP: When you go to non-league grounds, most non-league fans do have a Premier League or Championship club that they also associate with. For me it’s a case of almost being priced out. You see lots of interviews, and talk to people, and they will tell you that they can’t afford to do it every week anymore. You go to a non-league game once, and you just see the quality that is there. 

If you can add value to a club, and feel valued at the same time then you’re more willing to want to go there and be part of it. 

WG: How much do you think there is that element of 200 million pound players, 250 thousand pound a week contracts in the Premier League – are people just getting a little bit sick of where the top levels of football are going? – and maybe wanting to connect with something a bit more real, more authentic?

LP: Exactly. When you see the new TV deals that have just been signed, and the 4 billions – you can just go to your non league ground; and you can stand at the sides, you can talk to players/ managers in the bar area after the games. 

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Is there too much competition across the football leagues?

On Wednesday 21st February, fresh off the back of an emphatic 9-1 midweek win (v Romford), Jody Brown joined Mick Sullivan, James Cummins and Ben Eltham in the studio. The team debated the level of competition across the football leagues, particularly focussing on clubs within close proximities, and the pros and cons from a financial aspect, and for fans, players, managers and locations.

Jake Turner (Brightlingsea Regent), and Jack Mazzone (South Park) were the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings.

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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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