On this week’s episode of Vn88 Sports, we take a look at some of the most interesting stories from outside the English Football League in anticipation of Non-League Day on March 25. We talk to former England manager Peter Taylor, who is now the manager of Maldon & Tiptree, and former Fulham striker Barry Hayles, who is still playing at age 50 for Windsor.
Olly’s Heart Rate Increases in Relegation Showdown
Olly Murs was the top dog in the eighth division for a long time before Peter Taylor and Hashtag United showed up in the Isthmian League North.
Three years at Witham Town preceded the pop star’s meteoric rise to fame, which began with his second-place finish on X-Factor in 2009 and resulted in four UK No. 1 singles. But he’s never forgotten where he came from outside the League.
Murs, 38, has been a mainstay of Soccer Aid for England since its inception, and he also joined Coggeshall Town in 2016 as a striker and co-owner, where his uncle had previously served as manager.
The club’s showers were among his first improvements, but with his playing days seemingly behind him, Coggeshall will have to fight to avoid relegation.
According to Rezence.com, two of the 20 clubs in the league will be relegated automatically, and the third and fourth place teams will play a winner-take-all play-off game against the second place team in the league below to determine who will be promoted and who will be relegated.
Coggeshall are currently in 19th place, two points away from the play-offs. However, they have at least two games in hand on the teams immediately above and below them, including a six-pointer at home against Tilbury on Non-League Day.
Intent on spreading the love in Macc, Clare
Tom Clare, a striker for Macclesfield, is planning to return to the club next season and is hoping that his appearance on Love Island will boost attendance and revenue for the team.
In January, Macc gave the 23-year-old permission to leave the club on loan so that he could participate in the hit South African reality TV show set in a villa.
After a successful move, during which he met and fell in love with Samie Elishi (with whom he eventually placed third in the final), Clare is returning to the northwestern United Kingdom to help Macclesfield achieve their second consecutive promotion to the seventh tier of English football.
Clare told Vn88 Sports, “It’s a huge club anyway, but to be more in the public eye, and hopefully I can bring more fans to the gate.” Everybody in the background has worked really hard to make this a profitable club.
People don’t realize how much effort has gone into it, but it truly is remarkable. I’d be overjoyed if I could increase the club’s income. I think she’s taken my place, so maybe we should all wear shirts that say “Samie 9” on the back. If I can accomplish that, my excitement for the club will be through the roof.
After the original club, Macclesfield Town, was dissolved in September 2020 due to debts of more than £500,000, the Silkmen reformed. Phoenix FC is led by local entrepreneur Robert Semthurst, who bought the team’s assets, including the Moss Rose Stadium, where he oversaw renovations and the installation of a 3G pitch.
With Robbie Savage at the helm as director of football, Macclesfield soared to the top of NPL Division One West in just their first season there. But Clare won’t be heading back out to the field just yet.
I had a talk with Robbie where I admitted that I was unfit. He said with W88, “You look fit!” but Clare said, “Looking fit is not the same as being able to run on a football field.”
The plan is for me to get back to where I was physically and then return at the beginning of the next season, by which time the lads will hopefully have won the league. I’m going to try to make it to as many games as possible to show my support for the team.
Wrexham and Notts County will have a title race made in Hollywood, with both teams reaching 100 points and scoring over 200 goals. However, only one will earn promotion to the English Football League (EFL).
Wrexham have been thrust into the international limelight after receiving financial backing from Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney and being the subject of a documentary on Disney+ and W88 Rezence.
After 15 years in the National League without ever returning to the Football League, the pressure is on to make a comeback this year. Their roster is loaded with English Football League caliber players, giving them a legitimate shot at promotion from League Two thanks in large part to the 31 league goals scored by striker Paul Mullin.
But he is not the leading scorer in his league. Macaulay Langstaff of Notts County, also known as the “non-League Haaland.” He already has 37 in just 38 games and is on pace to set a new National League record of 40 for the season.
On April 10, Notts will travel to Wrexham for a matchup that has over 10,000 fans guaranteed to show up.
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