Welcoming the Non League Show to its new 5 live home
By Non League Show presenter Caroline Barker:
I feel like I'm about to give birth to triplets. In truth the emergence to the world of Dave Anderson, Alan Alger and Dave Watters will hopefully be without the need for gas and air.
The three stooges are a mainstay of the new 5 live Non League Football Show, and have been with me on the journey for the past five or so years.
This weekend, as we make our 5 live debut, they'll also be at my side mopping my brow and with hot towels aplenty. When we kick-off with the lines "for the fans, by the fans" this weekend we won’t be lying.
I love Non League Football and have supported Chelmsford City ever since I could holler the word "Clarets". A stint as CEO at the club and helping out at others drags you even further in; I'm hooked and Dave Anderson, or Angry to his friends, is equally so. He holds the world record for managing a side unbeaten when at AFC Wimbledon and he's now plying his trade as the gaffer at Harrow Borough in the Isthmian League.
Dave Watters (I won’t tell you his unforgivable nickname) is a long-time sports journalist, once editor at the Non League Paper, and he now helps a number of leagues with their media. Then there's Alan, PR man for the Conference sponsors Blue Square. But he's not just a corporate face - he lives and breathes the game at our level and promotes it any moment he can.
We all love Non League. Over the coming months I hope just a bit of that affection will rub off and we're hoping to engage audiences like never before.
Social media, and in particular Twitter, have become the lifeblood of communication in Non League and we want to take advantage of that. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook and as well as tweeting the show, people can also send us their news from their club via audio messages from their smartphones by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatever the level, whatever the club, we want to give a voice to what is the foundation of football in our country. Here's hoping you all join in.
The first Non League Show of the season is on at 5.30am on Sunday 19th August on BBC Radio 5 live, and from every Sunday thereafter. You can catch up for 7 days via the BBC iPlayer.