The three main differences are:
1.Towns current squad is already better in quality than the side Chandler had in his EFC days
2.The Ryman premier league today is one step below where it used to be in the pyramid.
3.Chandler was a rookie youth/reserve manager when he took over at EFC.He now has 7 years more experience and knowledge, including plenty of throphies under his belt.
He competed at step 2 with a poor squad.I've no doubt Town/utd would compete comfortably at the current step3.Especially as about a third of current Premier teams are competing with very small budgets.(your point about Cheshunt and Thurrock be very valid)
Yes i agree,more funding would need to be found to go any higher.
PS..Being at Brimsdown should not hinder anything.Funds availble could soon improve dramatically if Town become joint leasholders.Not only will we start benefiting from bar reciets,but there are plenty of other money making schemes being looked at at Goldsdown road to improve funding in the future.(one of them may be to charge more for renting out The Downs) --Only joking.