National League

Following the National League’s Annual General Meeting over the weekend, dates for the 2022-23 season have been confirmed, as follows:

Wednesday 6th July, 2022 – National League fixtures released.
Saturday 6th August, 2022 – Opening day of National League season.
Saturday 29th April, 2023 – Final day of National League season.
Play-off dates
Tuesday 2nd May, 2023 – Eliminator A – 5th place v 6th place
Wednesday 3rd May, 2023 – Eliminator B – 4th place v 7th place
Saturday 7th May, 2023 – Semi-final – 2nd place v Eliminator A Winner
Saturday 7th May, 2023 – 3rd place v Eliminator B Winner
Saturday 13th May, 2023 – Play-off final Final

A proposal to allow National League clubs to field five substitutes from a bench of six has been defeated in a vote at the league’s Annual General Meeting.

According to a report in the Non-League Paper, the motion failed despite voting being 15-9 in favour because all motions require at least 18 clubs supporting it to pass.

No details are given of which clubs voted for and against the change, which former Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke about on a number of occasions during his time at Huish Park when discussing how to introduce younger players in to his first team squad.

However, Glovers’ chairman Scott Priestnall, a member of the National League board, was in attendance.

The report on the AGM also says there was “little appetite for a hard salary cap, but there is for  a soft salary cap or tighter financial regulations” from clubs despite a vote 12 months ago for the move and setting up a working group.

The report adds: “The working groups will continue to explore the issues.” Watch this space for that, but maybe don’t hold your breath.

Yeovil Town chairman Scott Priestnall, who is a member of the National League board.

The AGM also voted Sonia Kulkarni, a non-executive advisor to the board at National League North champions Gateshead, on to the board replacing Richard Simkin of Stockport County, who were promoted to the EFL.

Gloucester City co-chairman Alex Petheram was also voted on to the board as representative for the National League North whilst Dagenham & Redbridge managing director Steve Thompson, and Richard Parsons, director at National League South side Hampton & Richmond were re-elected.

There is no mention of Priestnall in the report so, through the usual process of elimination due to silence, we assume he remains a member of the league’s board.

The first day of the 2022-23 season was confirmed as Saturday 6th August with the final day on Saturday 29th April. The National League promotion final will be played on Saturday 13th May with the venue to be confirmed.

The National League has set up a working group to look at introducing a salary cap of £900,000 for clubs starting in the 2022-23 season.

Member clubs voted in favour of the cap at the league’s Annual General Meeting held on July 3 and set a target of bringing “a full proposal” before the board next year.

The idea of a cap was first floated last summer with a group of clubs suggesting limits of £900,00 for National League clubs and £540,000 for National League North and South sides.

In other votes, the League voted to set up a Standards/Ethics Committee which “will draw up terms of reference for the committee in consultation with all member clubs to be approved at a future general meeting,” according to a statement.

In less surprising news, the league confirmed the promotion of champions Sutton United and play-off winners Hartlepool United and accepted Southend United and Grimsby Town to make up a 23-team top division next season.

There will be only three clubs relegated to restore the division to 24 clubs for the 2022-23 campaign.

Chairman Jack Pearce, who replaced Brian Barwick who resigned at the end of the season, informed the meeting the season would “not begin without spectators or suitable grant funding.”

In his statement, Pearce added: “A contingency is also being discussed, should the season not be completed in its entirety. The League will be meeting with clubs to finalise these arrangements.  

“The League also recognises there is still disquiet from many clubs in a number of areas and the League are committed to meet with all clubs to address these issues in the very near future. “

Three directors were appointed with Richard Simkin, Commercial Director at of Stockport County and Chesterfield director Martin Thacker along with Aldershot Town chairman Shahid Azeem who was appointed for a third term.

Barnet’s Tony Kleanthous departed the board and there was no mention of Yeovil Town chairman Scott Priestnall, so one assumes he remains a board director.




National League side Dover Atheltic will start the 2021/22 season bottom of the table on -12 points, it has been confirmed by the FA.

Non-League journalist Ollie Bayliss tweeted confirmation, that nearly a dozen sides had lost appeals following charges of failing to fulfill fixtures during the season that has just come to a conclusion.

Ten of those sides originated from the National League North and South and have been handed fines and suspended points deductions, meanwhile Dover’s orginial punishment of 12 points and £40,000 fine has been solidified.

Dover haven’t kicked a ball in anger since losing 3-1 to Yeovil Town in January.

Future National League sides Grimsby and Southend are lodging a proposal against their relegation from the EFL saying it’s “unfair” to be relegated into a league where there was no relegation.

Speaking to the Southend Echo, Southend Chairman, Ron Martin has said that the proposal will be discussed at the EFL.

Martin claimed the proposal had been submitted by Grimsby, with input from Southend, and the Mariners are yet to comment.

Let’s see how that goes, eh?

Ian is joined by fellow Three Valley Radioers Adi Hopper and Dave Prior to talk Saturday’s cancellation and the wider discussion around the impact of Covid-19 and football.

We bring it back to Yeovil Town with some good questions and our best eleven – Listen in and give us yours!

The Glovemen strike again.

Two in a row for the town after Marc Richards nestled a worldy into the top corner at Dover.

Is the title race back on?

Josh Wilde is on the phone to tell all from Saturday’s win.

Don’t you know we’re going up! The Glovers are going up!

Basking in the glory of Saturday, Ian’s had a chat with Dover Athletic fan, Jamie, and had another great conversation.

Courtney Duffus tells all about his goal, and we have the gaffer’s pre match presser.

It’s over.

Yeovil Town’s winless run comes to an end in bizarre weather, with bizarre goals in a 3-0 victory over Wrexham.

Ian chats to Glover, Si Thyer about the result and where the season might go now!

The mighty Glovers are still searching for a win in the National League. Since the 1st of Janaury, it’s been tough and Saturday saw Yeovil lose 1-0 to in-form Boreham Wood. Dodgy refs aside, Ian gets Sheridan Robins on the blower to discuss the game and try and instill some optimism in the fanbase once more.

Is it time for Gabby Rogers? Who knows?!

Why are we still harping on about James Tilley who only had one assist to his name and didn’t play regularly!

Ben Barrett joins Ian to discuss last week’s Harrogate game, the weekends postponement of Chesterfield and Saturday’s upcoming playoff clash against Boreham Wood.

Ian is joined by Yeovil Town’s former press officer, Alex O’Loughlin as they discuss Yeovil’s loss to Notts County in the FA Trophy.

Dave calls in to chat about Yeovil’s disappointing draw with basement club Chorley.

Ian catches up with Adi Hopper after Darren Sarll’s post match presser discussing:

  • How Darren Sarll compares to previous Yeovil managers he worked with
  • His fond memories of Yeovil’s FA Trophy win
  • Getting fans back to Huish Park

Ahead of the big FA Trophy match against Notts County on Saturday Ian also speaks to Dane Vincent from Gerrit Forward, to get the view from our opponent’s camp.

In episode three of the Gloverscast, Ian catches up with Ben Barrett on the life of an Exiled Glover, his experience at Haringey Borough and life at Yeovil under Darren Sarll. Chorley fan Matt Bagot gives an insight to Saturday’s opponents Chorley and we’ve got a portion of Darren Sarll’s pre match press conference.

Ian and Josh talk about Yeovil’s 1-0 defeat at Woking and everything in between. We have our first questions from the listeners of the Gloverscast and make sure you listen to the end to find out exactly why Yeovil keep getting dodgy refs!

Ian is joined by Three Valleys Radio lead-commentator Dave Prior to discuss the latest news from Yeovil Town and a brief look at Woking ahead of Saturday’s National League clash.