Over the last two decades my club Waltham Forest, has struggled like many of similar sized clubs in non-league football, to keep going writes Charlie Ward
The glory days of non-league football support, in the 50’s/60’s/70’s and some of the 80’s are long distant memories – whilst some clubs have thrived in the non-league environment, many. especially those located in the East London and adjoining Essex areas, have found that too many clubs and not enough support to go around, has severely stretched the resources of clubs, leading to many teetering on the brink and some going under altogether.
My own club has been severely tested financially and it is great testament to those hard working few, on the committee and other volunteers, that the club is still able to continue and it is a minor miracle that we have only suffered one demotion from Isthmian League to Essex Senior League.
In the last two decades, I have seen some good managers with reasonable players, undone by reasonable budgets being withdrawn
I have also seen far more, not very good managers, struggling with not very good players, fighting for their lives at the wrong end of League tables.