Non-League Transfers: A Few Statements of Intent.

Well the transfer window is well underway across the footballing world, the vast majority of players have either signed new deals at their clubs, or are on the look out for the next place to call home.

This is much the same in Non-League, clubs fighting each other to sign players that might just bring that bit of magic to their season. Despite the fee’s being much lower than the millions upon millions spent in the upper tiers of the Football League, clubs still have budgets and transfer ‘war chests’, therefore its key to have a manager with one of either two things in Non-League, good connections or be able to pay a few quid more than that lot up the road.

With this in mind we’ve tried to sift through the millions of transfer dealings that have taken place across the UK, and have picked a few that we thought showed great statements of intent by the buying club, whether that be signing a player who should be at a higher level or drastically strengthening their squad.

We aren’t sure whether this is going to become a weekly thing as the transfer window progresses but without further a do, lets get underway.

Charlie Grainger (Leyton Orient to Dulwich Hamlet)

National League South side Dulwich Hamlet have scored a great acquisition in our eyes, signing a highly rated young keeper who has appeared for the England National Youth Teams as high up as Under 19’s.

Now age 23, Grainger will be looking for a club where he can become a number one and continue to develop.

The shot stopper leaves Orient after their promotion to the Football League, the club where he came through the Youth Ranks and made his debut in adult football, against Luton Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, which he quickly followed up with his first League start four days later.

Adrian Clifton (Maidenhead United to Bromley)

A player moving from one mid table side to another, is something we often see throughout all leagues in the world. After a 12th place finish last season, Bromley have definitely made some signins that will improve the side.

As well as bringing in signings from Football League clubs, Bromley have made some great signings from clubs around them in the National League such as Micheal Cheek from Ebbsfleet United and the one we think is a great signing, Adrian Clifton from Maidenhead.

Clifton scored 14 League goals for Maidenhead last year, a side that finished 19th in the league. As well as banging in goals, the utility player won all 5 of the end of season awards at Maidenhead, therefore Clifton is a player im sure they will be sad to see leave.

With that, Clifton is a great signing for Bromley a proven goal scorer at this level and the man from Montserrat we are sure will help Bromley push up the table next year.

Nathan Arnold (Free Agent – Altrincham)

After taking 6 months out of the game it can be hard getting back into it, this doesnt appear to be any kind of problem for Altrincham’s new signing Nathan Arnold.

Arnold hasn’t really solidly played football since 2018, after battling anxiety during the 2017 season he appears to be back and looking to get back to his best. Despite his recent battles, Arnold is a player of great quality featuring predominantly for Mansfield, Cambridge, Grimsby and Lincoln in the past.

Arnold also did some work as part of the management at his last club Boston United, therefore if Arnold returns to his best, Alty have got a player who can help them both on and off the pitch as they look to get promoted into the National League after losing out in the playoffs in the 2018-19 season.

That’s three transfers that we feel are great moves for both the player and the clubs, should this get a good response we may look to make this a series, if not we will still probably have another look at transfers later in the season.

Getting to know: Leamington FC

‘The Brakes’ have just finished 13th in the Vanarama National League North, their best finish since their resurrection in the year 2000, so we thought we should take a look and get to know Leamington FC.

Originally founded in 1891 as ‘Leamington Association Football club’ one of a couple of names the club has played under, Leamington play their home fixtures at the New Windmill Ground in Leamington Spa. But not for much longer.

The club are set to move to a new 5000 capacity community stadium in 2022-23, doubling the size of the ground with their current home only having space for 2300. The new ground is set to be closer to the town centre and part of the ‘Europa Way Strategic Opportunites’ project, a development that is set to include, a new primary school, a Special Educational Needs School, a Local Centre and an athletics facility among other things. (See Below).

Credit: The Brakes Trust

As well as being part of the new project and developing a new community stadium, the club runs a community scheme to help out the clubs local area. Through this scheme, Leamington run a number of football courses and teams including, Young Offenders Coaching, Toddlers Football and Play Group and a Pan Disability Football Team among others, at various venues across their local community.

Back to the pitch now, and ‘The Brakes’ have played under a number of names during their history, whilst being fairly successful, the club has appeared as Leamington Town, Lockheed Borg and Beck, Lockheed Leamington, AP Leamington and since 1985 they have been called, Leamington FC.

Currently featuring in the National League North, the club has played at a higher level previously, featuring in the top flight of Non-League, The Vanarama National League, between 1978/79 and 1981/82 in what was the called the ‘Alliance Premier League’.

It was soon after their spell in the National League that Leamington went into abeyance, it was the 1987/88 season after losing their home at the time, the Windmill Ground.

Just 12 years later however and ‘The Brakes’ were back and havent looked back since, climbing from Division Two of what was the Midland Combination, the 11th tier in English football, all the way to the Vanarama National League North, the 6th tier in English Football.

After their best season since reforming, ‘The Brakes’ will be looking to beat it next season and everyone here at ‘ClimbingThe Ladder’ would just like to wish everyone at Leamington FC all the best for next season and in their upcoming cup finals.