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The Non League Show



The Non League Team
The Non League team at the BBC London studios

Find out about our presenters Caroline, Dave and Willie and all the Non League Show favourites. How much do they really know about Non League football, or are they just big time pretenders?

Caroline Barker

Caroline was born in the home of radio, Chelmsford, Essex and made an early crash onto the airwaves when she was distinctly heard wailing at an FA Cup match.

THE BARKER FACT BOX
Team Supported: Chelmsford City (sleeping giants!)
Best Player: Jimmy Greaves (he finished his career at the mighty City)
Best Game: Wycombe 4-0 Chelmsford City FA Cup (defeat can be fun)

Many an early year was spent strapped to the back of the New Writtle Street stands in her baby-bouncer as Chelmsford City took to the field.

After working her way up from early breakfast, weekend and any other stint no one else would fill at BBC Essex, Caroline joined the ranks of BBC London in 2004.

She can now be found talking about sport on 5Live and 5Live Sports Extra, whilst running her new Sports website, www.playface.com .

Alan Alger

Alan Alger

It's a bit like drinking R Whites Lemonade, Alan Alger is a secret Arsenal supporter, but not to worry he's now a Non League thoroughbred through his work at Blue Square, sponsors of the top grassroots league in the land.

Alan can often be found shamelessly giving odds on anything that moves in Non League Football.

You can test Alan with his odds by dropping him an email at nonleague@bbc.co.uk

Dave Anderson

According to everyone you meet, Dave Anderson (born Belfast, 11 March 1962) is the former manager of AFC Wimbledon, but he's so much more than that!

Dave Anderson

Anderson was a goalkeeper during his playing days and had youth contracts with Wolves and Sheffield United. As well as managing the mighty AFC Wimbledon, Dave went on to hold back-room and managerial roles at Enfield, Aylesbury, St Albans, Harrow Borough, Southall, North Greenford United and Hendon.

As well as occupying the "opinionated" seat on the Non League Show, Dave can be found shaking the hand of everyone who's anyone in grassroots football, and is now assistant manager at Slough.

Willie Wordsworth

Willie Wordsworth

Willie Wordsworth has tasted greatness with Cambridge United, but it's not his first gig in Non League, oh no. He's played in far off places, like Australia, and Harrow. He's also a dab hand at the old management lark with Yeading. But his biggest claim to fame? Singing on United's Play-off final single for 2008.

As well as cutting up the world of management, Willie's also a formidable scout, and always has an eye for the best talent Non League has to offer. That, of course, is why he's on the show.

Dave Watters

When Dave Watters first hit the airwaves his only listeners were South London minicab drivers and their long-suffering passengers! Every weekend a captive audience of hundreds were forced to help the then post graduate student fund his student lifestyle while he worked as a part-time cab controller.

There was no escape day or night as Dave screamed for times on pubs and clubs across the capital in between begging his cabbies to buy themselves an A-Z in those dark days before the coming of Sat Nav!

"It was certainly interactive if a little one-sided," says Dave. "The radio system meant people in the cabs could only hear me and not the poor driver I was shouting at!"

"At least on the Non-League Show our listeners will get a chance to bite back and tell me to get back in my box."

Dave Watters

Now 39 and married with two young children, Dave's bank manager eventually forced him to quit his ivory tower, where he was studying international relations and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction of all things, to get a job.

With the Cold War well and truly over and demand for his skills diminishing by the day, Dave found his way into local papers, kicking off his career as a cub reporter on the Sutton Herald at the grand old age of 25 before moving to the South London Guardian series.

Five years covering everything from parking warden horror stories to late night local council meetings while his mates were enjoying the Champions League on the telly or out watching London's clubs convinced him to hop into the sports editor's hotseat and return to his first love - football, and Non-League football in particular.

He was soon cutting his teeth and upsetting countless managers and fans with his opinions while covering famous old Non-League clubs from Kingstonian to Dulwich Hamlet and the 'Wings' of Welling United.




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