What’s un­der Non-League’s Xmas tree?

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - Jon Couch @JonCouch_NLP

AS we know, Christ­mas is a time of giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing but Santa will have to be one ex­tremely busy man if he is to ful­fil the fes­tive wishes of ev­ery one of his Non-League friends come Christ­mas Day morn­ing.

But, while his sleigh is over­flow­ing with gifts for boys and girls ev­ery­where, there might just be room for a few es­sen­tials which will help spice up ti­tle races and rel­e­ga­tion dog­fights across the Pyra­mid.

So, here at The NLP we’ve come up with a few sugges­tions of what might just be all wrapped up at the bot­tom of Santa’s sack.

First stop, Dover Ath­letic. The Whites are en­joy­ing an­other promis­ing sea­son in the Na­tional League but in or­der to spark an­other play-off push, man­ager Chris Kin­n­ear would wel­come the de­liv­ery of a lock and key for hot­shot striker Ricky Miller, who has be­come NonLeague’s most wanted man af­ter rack­ing up 24 league goals al­ready this sea­son.

The same could also be said for AFC Fylde about their ace marks­man Danny Rowe, who has 32 league goals, but for the Na­tional League North lead­ers, a set of new goal nets might also be needed at Mill Farm given that the Coast­ers have smashed 66 goals in their 21 league games so far this sea­son.


Talk­ing of goalscor­ers, we sug­gest a gift also for one of the very best around, still find­ing the net at the age of 41. Jamie Cure­ton has just landed him­self a move to Na­tional League South out­fit St Al­bans City af­ter brief spells at Farn­bor­ough and Eastleigh. For him, we sug­gest maybe a top-up of anti-age­ing cream to keep the Golden Oldie go­ing for a while yet.

Danc­ing shoes are in big de­mand this year it seems. We have the first pair of se­quined san­dals re­served for Salford City joint bosses An­thony John­son and Bernard Mor­ley, who took danc­ing lessons so they could take to the floor for Mor­ley’s wed­ding, filmed by the BBC cam­eras for the Class of 92 doc­u­men­tary.

And how about Brom­ley pair Rob Swaine and Jack Hol­land, who danced a merry jig be­hind man­ager Neil Smith as he was be­ing in­ter­viewed by the BT Sport cam­eras af­ter yes­ter­day’s 2-1 vic­tory at Mac­cles­field?

Other gifts may in­clude a photo frame for Sut­ton United to put on the walls of Gan­der Green Lane to com­mem­o­rate an­other FA Cup gi­ant-killing sea­son to match that of 1989, or maybe even an at­las for Lin­coln City mid­fielder Alex Wood­yard af­ter his man­ager joked that the Eng­land C man thought Kiev was near ‘Chicken’ on the map? Alex, of course, de­nies this!

But what­ever help Santa can sling down the chim­neys of clubs up and down the coun­try, rest as­sured that an equally pul­sat­ing 2017 lies in store. The NLP, of course, will be there to guide you through ev­ery twist and turn, start­ing with our next edi­tion on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 27, with a full Boxing Day round-up.

Merry Christ­mas to you all.

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