The Non-League Football Show

The Non-League Football Show is a weekly podcast. The show covers news and features from non-league football, that is, club football played in England at levels below The Football League.

The Non-League Football Show
Hosted byCaroline Barker & Tim Fuell
ProvideraudioBoom, Jibba Jabba

The presenter since its launch in 2006 has been Caroline Barker, with former Producer Tim Fuell assuming the main presenting role from 2016.[1] The main presenter is usually accompanied each week by between one and two studio contributors, often from a mixture of regulars and special guests as well as two to four telephone guests from the world of non league football.

The Non-League Football Show was originally broadcast on BBC London 94.9.[2] It was moved to Radio 5 in August 2012, broadcasting at 05:30am.[3] An extended edition was also available as a podcast and the show has peaked at number 29 in the UK iTunes chart.[4] In August 2016, the BBC decided not to commission any more of the shows however it continues as an independent podcast.[5]

The show has strong connections to non-league football,[2] with Barker having previously been a director at Chelmsford City. Many of the guests and regular contributors work or have worked in non-league football. Frequent contributors since the shows launch include Dave Watters, a football journalist who works in public-relations for the Northern Premier League and Southern Premier League, and Dave Anderson, who has managed several non-league clubs.[6] 'Swampy' of FC United of Manchester radio appeared on the show during its time on Radio 5.[7] Contributors from the programme's Radio London days include Alan Alger during his time working for the Blue Square Conference and Willie Wordsworth, former player and manager.[8][9]


  1. ^ "The Team". Non-League Footballers Association. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "BBC Non League Football Show to Broadcast on Radio 5 live". Gateshead FC. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ "New National Spot for Non-League Football Show!". Chelmsford City FC. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ "'Non League Football Show' British iTunes Chart Performance". iTunes. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Radio 5 Live axes Non League Football Show – but it will continue as podcast". Guardian (UK). 15 August 2016.
  6. ^ Barker, Caroline. "Welcoming the Non League Show to its new 5 live home". Radio 5 Live. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  7. ^ Watters, Dave. "NPL Show pundits return for the last word!". Evo-Stick. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Willie Wordsworth". Aylesbury United. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  9. ^ "The Non League Show - Meet the Team". BBC London. Retrieved 2 June 2015.