February: Where we will be!

Saturday 3rd February –  Folkestone Invicta v Brightlingsea Regent

Saturday 10th February – Merstham v Leiston

Saturday 17th February – Thurrock v Hendon

Saturday 24th February – Billericay Town v Wealdstone (FA Trophy Special)

 

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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.

You can watch the full show below.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 34: Harrow Borough v Margate

On Saturday 27th January we were in North London’s The Roger Family Stadium for Bostik Premier action between Harrow Borough and Margate. The hosts have enjoyed two 6-pointer, back-to-back, 3-2, league wins in their last two games (v Needham Market and v Burgess Hill Town) to divert from the drop zone. As for Margate, their current form is second best in the league, and their striker Jordan Chiedozie, is a contender for this seasons golden boot, as they compete for promotion.

The following Premier Division highlights also feature on this show: Tooting & Mitcham United v Billericay Town, Brightlingsea Regent v Dorking Wanderers, Dorking Wanderers v Harlow Town, Dulwich Hamlet v Merstham and, Kingstonian v Brightlingsea Regent, Brightlingsea Regent v Dorking Wanderers, Met Police v Leiston and Tonbridge Angels v Burgess Hill Town.

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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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1-on-1 with Met Police’s Alec Fiddes Xammar

Alec Fiddes Xammar is this weeks 1-on-1, the technically gifted midfielder has experience in both Spanish and English football, starting his career at Lleida youth in Spain’s Catalonian region, before returning to England and turning out for Weymouth and Western-Super-Mare amongst others. Alec talks to us about playing professional football in Spain last season for Basque Segunda Division B club S.D Amorebieta, and his season this term which started out at Kingstonian before moving to fellow Bostik Premier outfit Metropolitan Police.

Firstly, how is this season going for you personally, how have you found things at your new club?

The season is going really well. It’s my first year back playing in England after playing professionally in Spain last year, and it’s good to be back. We had a great start to the season at Kingstonian; I really enjoyed my time there and have some very fond memories of the club. I moved on to Met police a couple of weeks ago as Jim showed a lot of interest in me and I wanted to be a part of the promotion push. I’ve loved it since the day I Joined. I feel like I can play my game and really enjoying playing with a great group of lads and under the management team

Who has been the toughest opposition you have faced so far this season?

I was really impressed with Leatherhead the times I’ve faced them this season. They play some nice football and have made some shrewd signings such as Tom Derry which for me makes them a serious contender for playoffs and potential promotion this season. When I was at K’s I was also very impressed with Met who beat us twice, which was part of the reason I Joined!

You’re a Bristol University graduate, what was your degree in, and did you enjoy the experience?

I studied Philosophy, I guess in the world of football it’s always good to put a philosophical perspective on everything! Bristol was great though, a lovely city where I met some great people. I was also fortunate enough to play for Weston Super Mare, Chippenham and Weymouth in my time down in the South West, so I had a great balance of my football career and University studies.

What are your earliest memories of playing football?

Probably early school football, and playing for my local club Balham Blazers!

How does playing in Spain differ to playing in England, is the English game really much more physical?

It is definitely more physical in England. I’d say football in Spain is much more focussed and orientated around the ball. If you’ve got control of the ball you’ve got control of the game, something which probably suits my style. However the end to end, high tempo football which we get in England is very entertaining to both watch and play in.

Which position do you think you are most effective in?

I’d say on the wing or just behind the striker. Since I have signed for Met Police I’ve been playing behind the striker and feel I can have a bigger influence on the game as I probably get on the ball more and have more chances to score. Although I like playing on the wing too, putting crosses in the box and running at my full back.

Who is the best player you have played with… and who is the best player you have played against?

The best player I’ve ever played with is Adrien Goni. Goni was Ex Athletico Bilbao and I was lucky enough to share a dressing room with him last year at Amorebieta, and I was amazed by the quality he had every day in training. The best player I’ve played against is Gerard Deulofeu. When I played for Lleida Esportiu youth team we played against Barcelona’s youth team. He came on with 15 minutes to go and scored a hattrick when they were 2-0 down!

If you could change one rule in football, what would it be?

In non-league football I’d change the non-contract policy. I think it’s unfair that players get shipped in and out of some football clubs as if it were nothing. I believe there should be a rule put in place where you’re only allowed to sign and release a certain number of players a year. Players should have more rights.

Who is your favourite footballer, past of present?

Lionel Messi, simple answer – Past, present and future

And finally, what do you aim to achieve with the rest of your season at Met Police?

The aim is to get in the playoffs and once we are there you never know! Promotion to the conference south would be nice!

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The Bostik League Show Ep 33: Wingate & Finchley v Met Police

On Saturday 20th January, we were in North London to witness Wingate & Finchley host Metropolitan Police. So far this season, Wingate have scored 35 goals, and their visitors have scored their reverse, 53 goals; to see the sides position at 7th and 10th. In their recent fixtures, both sides enjoyed victories and clean sheets, after 2-0 wins over Harlow Town and Tooting & Mitcham United.

The following Premier Division highlights also feature on this show: Dorking Wanderers v Harlow Town, Dulwich Hamlet v Merstham and, Kingstonian v Brightlingsea Regent.

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1-on-1 with Witham Town winger Correy Davidson

Dublin born Correy Davidson is a winger who plays for Bostik One North side Witham Town. He regularly scores and assists and has great experience in the game playing in a host of different leagues for the likes of Bohemians, Heybridge Swifs and Grays Athletic.

Firstly, how is this season going for you personally, and for Witham Town as a whole?

Hey Adam, good to talk to you. This season for me personally I think has been pretty good. In terms of goals and overall performances, I’m pleased with how it’s going. I set out to score at least 20 goals this season which I know I can reach. In terms of Witham, I think the start to the season was a bit slow, with some bad results. However, since I’ve been here the performances have picked up and the lads have been great, our current form speaks for itself. I believe there’s more to come. Play offs aren’t out of our reach.

Who has been the toughest opposition Witham Town have faced so far this season?

Since I’ve been here I haven’t suffered many defeats at all. It’s hard to say who our toughest game has been against. We have pretty much been on top most games. I’d say toughest game would probably have to be Dagenham and Redbridge at home in the cup, or AFC Hornchurch away, which we won 1-0, but they are a strong side with some good players.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given in football?

I’ve had a lot of people give me some strong advice in football and it’s helped me throughout my career. There is however one piece of advice that stands out for me and although it’s simple it is something I always try and remember. It is by my grandad, and a close friend of mine. “Don’t wait for things to happen, go and make it happen, be the person who makes that one bit of magic happen because it only takes a second.” As I said it’s simple but every game I try to be the difference and make things happen. Also to just never give up on your dream

Which position do you think you are most effective in?

My best position is definitely on the wing, I can play in the ‘10’ and so and so, but my best position is definitely out wide, going at full back and scoring goals. It’s what I love doing and it’s what I’m good at.

Who is the best player you have played with… and who is the best player you have played against?

I’ve played with a lot of good players and a lot come to mind. From playing back home in Ireland to playing here in England. I’ve played with a lot of ex-pros and Gary Haveron who was a quality defender with a sweet left foot and just a born leader. The best player I’ve probably played with though would have to be Kenny Beaney when I played for Grays. He was just class and with both feet, clever and off the pitch, professional, and he could definitely have gone professional. The best player I’ve played against would have to be when I played against Russia, their striker was a really good player who could score goals. Before he played us, he had played in the champions league against Chelsea a couple of months before. He plays in the Russian premier league. I can’t give you his name as it’s pronunciation and spelling is Russian!

If you could change one rule in football, what would it be?

I don’t think I’d change any rules in football I love the game but I do think there should be more contact allowed than there is these days. It’s definitely too strict on that front.

Who is your favourite footballer, past of present?

As a Liverpool fan all my life, Steven Gerrard is always going to be up there. For me though, Messi is definitely my favourite footballer, there’s no one in football I’ve ever enjoyed watching more than I do Messi. He is truly just special and there has never been anything like him, and I think we will struggle to find someone like him again, he’s just a football miracle.

And finally, what do you think is unique about Witham Town?

Witham Town as a football club as I’ve got to know it, is definitely a family club, there’s a good feel about the place and the people there, the fans and the staff and everyone involved are amazing. I’m really enjoying it here. We can’t forget James (Beardwell) either who I think the whole football world knows about, he sings every game non stop and it doesn’t go un-noticed. I have some really good friends here too, Elliott Ronto, who is a great footballer but also a close friend, so it’s good to play with him. There is a lot of great things here at the club.

To stay updated on further player interviews follow @OfficialBOTN on Twitter. My personal account: @Adam__Willmott. You can also follow Correy Davidson on Twitter, at @Correy_10

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