Let's Take A Look At The Eight National League Newboys

By Sam Elliott

We all enjoy going to new places and meeting next people. So we think it’s high time we took a closer look at the club’s joining us next season.

Notts County:
A founding member of the Football League, for the first time in their 131-year history the Magpies membership came to an end.

But in Neal Ardley they have a manager the fans have already taken to and a supporters base which back their club in huge numbers despite recent troubles.

Some 16 years on since Gary Johnson and his fearless squad took the Glovers into the Football League, the Somerset side are back.

But with no manager and a takeover still to go through, will it be a happy return?

It may have taken the Terras nearly ten years but the Dorset club are really on the up again.

Almost a decade since their troubles got the better of them they will be hoping to make up for lost time. The Southern League champions, managed by former Aldershot midfielder Mark Molesey, could be a threat in the National League South.

Kettering Town
Another club rehabilitated and back with us, Marcus Law’s Southern League South champions will not just be content with enjoying a nostalgia trip.

Their spiritual home Rockingham Road may be no more but eight years on from relegation they can’t wait to get their claws into the National League North.

King’s Lynn Town
A lot can happen in less than ten years. In 2010, King’s Lynn were wound up and found themselves playing in the Eastern Counties League. That heartbreaking set-back proved to be a spark.

But thanks to their super play-off win over Warrington, the Walks will host National League North football again - and manager Ian Culverhouse says they won’t be there to make up the numbers.

Dorking Wanderers:
It was only 20 years the Surrey club were played their first ever season in the now-defunct Crawley & District League.

Some 11 promotions later, the rise owner and manager Marc White calls “insane” will see the club scale heights they didn’t ever dare dream of.

Farsley Celtic:
Less than ten years ago they couldn’t complete their fixtures and fears that football may never be seen in Farsley again were growing.

But the West Yorkshire diehards refused to give in. Reformed and powered by manager Adam Lakeland and a talented but hard-working team, they will take their place back nearly a decade on from their darkest day.

Tonbridge Angels:
Another former member club returning, it’s five years since we said goodbye to Tonbridge.

But after slowly building their way back up, Steve McKimm has produced a passionate team who wear their hearts on their sleeves. They will fancy their National League South chances.

Where next?

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