Away from the actions on the pitch, many football fans dream of owning or running their teams. The transfer market being what it is right now, joining the top-flight football is next to impossible.

Non-league football offers an alternative route. Some of the most successful football clubs can trace their roots to this league.

Non-league football is where footballers and coaches prove their mettle before promotion to the first tier.

So, if you suddenly won the lottery, here are a few non-league talents who deserve a spot on your team.

Goalkeeper 

Joe Dixon: This Middlesbrough-born shot-stopper is one of the reasons why Barrow is currently top of the table in the National League.

He has managed to keep a total of 10 clean sheets, more than any other goalkeeper in that league. He is still quite young for a keeper at just 26 years of age. He will out of a contract at the end of the summer. His services can be secured for €95,000.

Defenders 

Mathew Platt: has been impressive in the recent past. The 22-year-old Blackburn Rovers academy product. He joined Barrow on loan from Blackburn in September and has established himself as a regular featuring in 16 games.

Although he is a center back, he can also be used as a right-back. His loan spell at Barrow will end in May 2020. His market value is estimated to be about €100,000.

Joe Kizzi: He joined Bromley in July 2019 on a free transfer from Billericay. He walked right into the squad and has played 23 games out of the total 25.

The 26-year-old right-back is as good defensively as he is on the offensive, scoring 3 goals this term.

Midfielders

Jamey Osborne: The 27-year-old creative midfielder is known for his passing and technical ability. The playmaker was instrumental in Solihull Moors’ title challenge last season.

Standards he has maintained finding the net 7 times this season from 21 games. His current contract expires in June 2020.

Brendan Kiernan: The London born midfielder is currently the joint top scorer for Harrogate Town with 7 goals and 3 assists after featuring in 25 games this season.

Although he prefers to operate from the left of the midfield he has also been used on the right.

Elliot Osborne: The 23-year-old central midfielder has been impressive this season.

He has already contributed 6 goals to Stockport County this season, earning the team a respectable position 8 on the table. At his age, he can only get better.

Forwards 

Jamie Reid: The 25-year-old hitman is currently one of the hottest forwards in the National League. In just 25 outings for Torquay United, he has already found the net 16 times.

Making him the top scorer in the National League despite his team laying 11th on the table. He joined the club on loan and bagged 29 goals last season helping the Gulls get promotion to the National League.

He’s joined the club on a free transfer and his contract expires in Jun 2020. About 300,000 should be enough to secure his services.

Myles Hippolyte: The 25-year-old left winger is a regular starter at Yeovil Town contributing 4 goals. He can also be deployed as a center forward and a right-winger. He is valued at €250,000.

Scott Quigley: He joined Barrow from Blackpool and has become the team’s main source of goals. Finding the net 13 times already in just 25 games.

His 194cm stature makes him a real nightmare for defenders. The 27-year old forward is currently valued at €50,000.

Make It A Reality

Your dream of running your club does not have to be confined to the virtual world of Football Manager.

The Irish Lotto Jackpot gives you the chance to win up to £4.2 million. An amount which is more than enough to set up considering many non-league teams began with much less.

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