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I know there's no need to post a reminder however Ollie Bayliss's BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show is at 2.00pm this afternoon, again he is playing his cards close to his chest regarding what and who will be featured but all will be revealed later. Of all our local Club's playing in the FA Cup yesterday only Hemel Hempstead Town, Royston Town, Bishop's Stortford and St Albans City made it through to the Third Qualifying Round with Potters Bar Town playing at FA Trophy finalists Concord Rangers today at 3.00pm, maybe Ollie will go live to Thames Road during the show, also Burnham v Whyteleafe was called off yesterday and will be played tomorrow evening (Monday).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08s5ws6

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So who listened to it then, don't all rush at once, it was another amazing show yesterday afternoon, the highlight obviously being a great interview with Scott Reynolds at the end who really knows what he's talking about and what he has been brought in to do by Club Chairman and long term friend Tony Checkley who jumped at the chance of bringing Scott to Stratford Fields. He speaks so well and eloquently too unlike Lee Bircham for example who was also on the show and can 'rattle on' nineteen to the dozen although you can see how Lee motivates his players in an old fashioned style, he could well go all the way in the game if he does well at Vauxhall Road and possibly takes Hemel Hempstead Town to the National League. It must have been great for Scott to win team of the week on the show following Buckingham Athletic's impressive 5-1 win over Enfield Borough on Saturday despite going a goal down early on when previous sides from yester year under the likes of James Gunn, Damien Wiffin, Mark Carter and Neil Griffiths would have already thrown in the towel, now you can really feel that things are about to happen and the Club are going places. There were some interesting interviews on the show with Potters Bar Town supremo Leo O'Leary who was shaking his head in disbelief at the antics of the FA where this season's FA Cup is concerned as was the statistician who runs the on-line FA Cup Factfile pages, there's nothing he doesn't know about the competition and really puts Karen to shame with his statistics. Chesham United and Aylesbury United were also featured with Ducks boss Ben Williams getting eight out of eight correct on 'guess the gate' and sadly beating Joe Sweeney's seven out of eight last week, I still don't know how Joe got Oxhey Jets v Dunstable Town wrong. Roll on next Sunday afternoon.

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Ollie Bayliss is tight lipped at the moment about what and who will be featured on his eagerly awaited BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show is at 2.00pm this afternoon however all will be revealed later and I can't wait. I know that he was at Broadwater last Tuesday evening to watch Berkhamsted beat his beloved Aylesbury United 3-2 in the Southern League Division One Central with a Lewis Toomey hat trick so I wonder if Lewis will say a few words although it's usually Management rather than players who are featured. Hopefully Chris Devane will be on as it will be interesting to hear about his transition from Biggleswade United and how it has gone so far, Chris will be glad that his former Club have turned the corner now under Cristian Colas after such a disappointing start to the campaign.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08sv18p

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So who listened to it then on Sunday afternoon, it was another really brilliant show and Ollie somehow manages to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout which is unusual for radio, even his music taste is excellent although if I had the choice I would rather have more football chat then music, six songs at an average of three minutes each is eighteen minutes out of the show where Ollie could fit in another feature or guest in that time. Anyway this week kicked off, no pun intended, with a feature on Flackwell Heath who have never been a SSML Club despite being in the catchment area, it was interesting to listen to their Manager Marcus Richardson who really knows his onions. Next up was a feature on funding and the money made available by the Football Foundation during the Covid-19 crisis, it's good that so many SSML Club's have been able to take advantage of it and fill their boots. There was a great interview with Ampthill Town Chairman Gary Maidment who gave his reasons why he handed the Management reins to Lee Hawkes recently at such a young age largely due to his coaching ability, maturity and popularity at Ampthill Park. I thought Ollie was going to ask why Rob Russell was stood down after just a few weeks in charge and it would have been interesting to hear that from the horses mouth however Mr Maidment has already held his hands sky high and said that he made a mistake and Rob Russell wasn't the right man for the hot seat. Ollie was in attendance at Broadwater last Tuesday so it was no surprise that Chris Devane was interviewed and he gave a good insight into his first few months at Berkhamsted after arriving from Second Meadow, it was clearly an offer he couldn't refuse although had he remained with Biggleswade United it would have no doubt guaranteed them Step 4 football next season, perhaps the so called 'Pep Guardiola Of Non League' can still provide that. Chris took part in the 'Guess The Gate' challenge and matched Joe Sweeney's score of seven out of eight, surprisingly getting Kempston Rovers v Yaxley wrong. Coincidentally Tracey James was up next, Chris Devane's favourite person in the whole World, or so it seems, and it was great to listen to Tracey's dulcet and eloquent tones, she talked about the headache and stress the Club have had to endure during Covid-19 as well as the conflicting information received from the Government, FA and the League however talking with other SSML Club's, sharing information and just crying on each other's shoulders has been key. When Ollie asked whether she had been tempted to simply throw in the towel and walk away from Second Meadow with her head held high she said no because 'it's in your blood' which for me said everything. Barton Rovers enthusiastic and likeable Chairman Darren Whiley was a really good listen as was St Albans City supremo Ian Allinson who said the Club are losing money hand over fist at Clarence Park not being allowed to have fans in and the £10 million funding pledged by the Government is unlikely to go far enough, if indeed Club's see any of it at all. Lastly, as was the case on Sunday 20 September, Ollie had Milton Keynes Irish Assistant Manager Glyn Creaser on and you can easily listen to Glyn for the entire two hours of the show, the Club once again walked away with 'Team Of The Week' following their 2-1 FA Vase win at Tithe Farm against Broadfields United on Saturday and Glyn said that things are continuing to tick along nicely at Manor Fields. Perhaps they will even win team of the week again if they can beat Essex Senior League Stansted FC at Manor Fields on 31 October in the First Round Proper.

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Ollie Bayliss has set us a conundrum on his Twitter page, he visited a new ground last night but didn't say where it was, if it is a Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Hertfordshire Club then they are likely to be featured on next Sunday's eagerly awaited BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show. Also I'm assuming that should Buckingham Athletic beat Stotfold on Saturday at Stratford Fields then Scott Reynolds men should walk away with 'Team Of The Week' and hopefully Scott will be on the show again, they are already sitting proudly at the top of the Division One table:

Billede

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Ollie Bayliss is currently tight lipped about what and who will be featured on his amazing BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show this afternoon at 2.00pm however there are no prizes for guessing that Scott Reynolds will be on and Buckingham Athletic will walk away with the 'Team Of The Week' feature following their 9-1 demolition of Hillingdon Borough on Tuesday and a hard fought 3-2 win over Stotfold yesterday when they could have easily slipped up. It shows how far the Club have come of late under Scott as previous sides would have no doubt lost yesterday, who would have ever imagined the Stratford Fields Club sitting proudly on top of the Division One table after seven matches with the likes of St Panteleimon and New Salamis nowhere to be seen.

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Just a reminder that the other Non League Football Show is still going just incase anybody is at a loose end and interested in listening to that, it had been taken off air for a while but it's back now although obviously it can't hold a candle to Ollie Bayliss's show and presenter Tim Fuell isn't Ollie, to be fair who is:

https://www.nonleaguefootballshow.com/

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Bulletin folks, I have it on good authority that Ollie Bayliss will discuss the recent FA Cup and FA Trophy ties on the show later and Aylesbury United, AFC Dunstable, Crawley Green, Bishop’s Stortford, Welwyn Garden City and Shefford Town & Campton will all be featured. There's surprisingly no mention of Buckingham Athletic so I have a feeling that they may have been over looked for 'Team Of The Week', perhaps Shefford Town & Campton will get some deserved recognition for their exploits lately and winning 3-1 at Winslow United on Tuesday and 6-0 at London Tigers yesterday, Kane Dougherty has done an amazing job since his arrival at the Shefford Sports Club:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_three_counties_radio

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So who listened to it then, obviously I'm referring to Ollie Bayliss's BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show on Sunday which is by far the highlight of the week at present with all the doom and gloom, and, as usual Ollie didn't disappoint. First up was a feature on his beloved Aylesbury United whereby a number of die hard fans walked from their old iconic Buckingham Road ground to The Meadow, where they currently share with Chesham United, to raise awareness of the Club's plight, reading between the lines it did sound as if they have their eye on Haywood Way in order to return to Aylesbury. There was an interview with AFC Dunstable supremo Steve Heath following their FA Trophy win against Corby Town and a brief report on Harpenden Town's 3-1 win over beleaguered Tring Athletic, the FA Cup statistician was on again who always puts Karen to shame with his knowledge. It was great to hear the dulcet tones of Craig Bicknell who was live on air with Crawley Green's Media Manager who, for some reason, took part in 'Guess the Gate' and failed miserably, he should concentrate on promoting the Club and nothing more. They chatted about Crawley Green being forced to play behind closed doors and Craig thinks that Leighton Town will win the SSML Premier Division although Connor Calcutt is going to have to pull his socks up first for that to happen. Bishop's Stortford Manager Steve Smith was on ahead of the Club's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round tie with St Albans City on Monday which will be shown live on tv, then Karen would have been all ears when Welwyn Garden City boss Nick Ironton was interviewed. Lastly, and the highlight of the show, was a feature on Shefford Town & Campton who won team of the week following away wins at Winslow United and London Tigers and their new boss Kane Dougherty was interviewed, Kane was with Stotfold, Langford, Baldock Town and Codicote before joining the Club last season as a player and the rest is history, Kane seems to be cut out for Management but was quick to praise his excellent back room team including former Codicote player and coach James Taylor (not the singer). Roll on Sunday at 2.00pm.

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On 22/10/2020 at 11:14, Rhodes said:

First up was a feature on his beloved Aylesbury United whereby a number of die hard fans walked from their old iconic Buckingham Road ground to The Meadow, where they currently share with Chesham United, to raise awareness of the Club's plight

Sadly nothing to do with Ollie Bayliss, well not directly, but a Sports Shots article on that sponsored 14.5 mile walk that took place last Saturday from Buckingham Road to The Meadow, prior to Aylesbury United's FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round tie against Tilbury, in order to raise awareness of the 'Bring The Ducks Home' campaign, home to Aylesbury that is after fourteen long years in the wilderness, feel free to donate if you wish to: 

https://www.sportsshots.org.uk/2020/10/22/the-21st-century-ducks-aylesbury-united-supporters-trust-raise-awareness-bringtheduckshome/

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I see that Ollie Bayliss made the long trip to Bloomfield Road today to commentate for local radio on the Blackpool v Milton Keynes Dons League One fixture which Blackpool won 1-0, I'm sure he will touch on it briefly on tomorrow's eagerly awaited BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show. Obviously there is no word as yet on what and who will be featured but watch this space, unfortunately Hemel Hemstesd Town went down 1-0 to Hampton & Richmond Borough in the FA Cup at Vauxhall Road this afternoon otherwise no doubt Lee Bircham would have been on the show:Billede

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Not long to wait now until the BBC Three Counties Non League Show and I have it on good authority that Ollie Bayliss will discuss yesterday's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round ties involving our local sides and the National League funding debacle with no other than controversial Boreham Wood Chairman Danny Hunter which should be a good listen. Marlow, St Albans City and Dunstable Town will be featured as well as Pitstone & Ivinghoe which should be really interesting with their recently granted planning permission for floodlights and performances of late, I wonder if they will be 'Team Of The Week' following their excellent 1-0 win at Codicote yesterday. Roll on 2.00pm:

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