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Non-League Talent – Why it is worth signing players from Non-League

Non-League football is getting more popular and more recognition every year and many of the players that play in non-league are players that have been released from professional clubs, we have the famous story of Jamie Vardy and his story is incredible however there are more players to both keep an eye on and that have worked hard to get to the level they are playing at to this day.

A player some people may or may not have heard of is Reise Allassani, former England U16 & U17 player, released by Crystal Palace in 2016, he was then sidelined with a knee ligament injury, once he recovered he signed for non-league side Dulwich Hamlet.
In 2017-2018 season Allassani had scored an impressive 16 goals in 28 games which deservedly earned him a contract with Coventry City.

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Another example is Andre Gray. In 2010, Gray was released by Shrewsbury Town after making just 5 appearances for the club. Gray then signed a 1 year contract with Conference North side Hinckley United, Gray spent 2 years with Hinckley scoring 29 goals in 65 appearances.
In 2012 Gray signed for Luton Town on loan with the view to a permanent contract, at the time, Luton were playing in the Conference, scoring on his debut and also in the next 3 games he was an instant hit with the fans, with 7 goals in 12 games Gray earned a permanent move to Luton.
In 2013-2014 season Gray was a massive part of Luton’s promotion season with 30 goals in 45 appearances, as expected this caught the eye of a number of clubs and in 2014 he signed for Brentford, after another successful season Gray moved to Burnley in August 2015 and was top scorer in the Championship that season with 25 goals and they earned promotion to the Premier League. Now a Premier League player with Burnley he continued his fine form scoring 10 goals in 36 appearances, 4 years before, Gray was playing Non-league football.
In 2017 Gray signed for Watford in the Premier League, Andre Gray has spent the last 5 years playing in the Premier League, again a strong example of the talent in non-league.

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Another player that has to be mentioned (Not Jamie Vardy this time) is Keshi Anderson.
Anderson was signed by Crystal Palace in 2015 from at the time, Evo-Stik league Southern Division One Central club Barton Rovers. Originally Anderson had trials with Brentford, he scored a six minute hat-trick against Palace in an U21 game!
Anderson left Palace for Swindon in 2018 after various loan spells and has recently signed for Blackpool.

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Current Non-League players to keep an eye on..

Josh Kelly – Currently at Maidenhead United in the National League and he has certainly made a name for himself in Non-League over the last few years, a few years back Kelly had a loan spell with Walton Casuals who at the time played in Isthmian League South where he scored an incredible 40 goals in one season. Kelly has been on the radar of many football league clubs over the last few years and with him still only being 21, I am sure we will see him in the football league soon enough.

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Kabongo Tshimanga – Currently playing for Boreham Wood in the National League, the former MK Dons player is again a player that I am sure is already being looked at by a number of Football League clubs. In the 2018/19 season, Tshimanga had a successful season with Oxford City in the National League South finishing top scorer that season. In the most recent season, Tshimanga has been with Boreham Wood in the National League and again he has had a successful season finishing joint 2nd top scorer with 18 goals, still only 23 years of age he is another one to look out for and I am sure we will see him in the Football League one day.

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Premier League & Championship Stats to date – Will they stay the same?

Premier League

1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – 19
2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 17
3. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 16
3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 16

1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 16
2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 12
3. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) – 8

1. Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) – 117
2. Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – 104
3. Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth) – 103


1. Aleksander Mitrovic (Fulham) – 23
2. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) – 22
3. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) – 17

1. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) – 12
2. Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) – 12
3. John Swift (Reading) – 10

1. Dillon Phillips (Charlton) – 127
2. Rafael Cabral (Reading) – 120
3. Bartosz Bialkowski (Millwall) – 110

Thank you to the NHS and all Key Workers

TYC want to say a massive thank you to the NHS and all Key Workers through this diffifcult time, the work you are all doing is amazing keeping everyone safe and well.

TYC have not been active throughout this period but we are please to be back at it now and will be continuing to advertise trial information.

We hope everyone is keeping safe.

Thank you to Tommy-Lee Design

We would like to say a massive thank you to Tommy-Lee Design for designing our company logo!

Tommy was excellent throughout the whole process and worked on many different designs for us and gave us lots of options, even with the final logo we have different colour options!

We were passed on details for Tommy-Lee Design and we highly recommend contacting him for Company Branding and Print Design.

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Tips for players attending a trial from Gillingham FC star Alex Lacey

We have been speaking to Gillingham FC star Alex Lacey who has provided a few tips for players attending trials!

Alex came through the ranks at Luton Town FC and earned himself a professional contract with the club in 2010.
During the clubs 2013-14 pre season campaign Alex was named captain for pre season, at the age of 20, Alex then captained the side on their first league game of the season.

Alex was also linked with potential moves to Bournemouth, Charlton, Peterborough and Millwall however in April 2014, Lacey signed a 2 year contract extension with Luton, Luton then won promotion to the Football League with him playing a massive part.

In July 2015, Alex signed for League 2 side Yeovil Town, at the end of the 2016/17 season he was awarded with the Green & White Supporters Club and Community Sports Trust Player of the season trophies.

At the end of the 2016/17 season, Alex signed for League 1 side Gillingham FC where he continues to impress.

Now, on to the tips provided by professional footballer Alex Lacey:

1. Make the most of your chance and give it your all
2. Don’t have any expectations, it can take a lot of different trials before a team signs you so don’t lose faith!
3. Enjoy it and use the experience to be more successful in the next trial.

Some top advice from a player that knows what academy football is about and continues to impress as a professional.

Have a look at our trials page and apply for a trial that you’re eligible for!

Success for Boreham Wood PASE Academy player

Iliman Ndiaye became the latest PASE Academy player to earn a squad number on Saturday, when he featured on the bench against Harrogate Town.

First Team Manager, Luke Garrard – “He is my little pet project”

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This shows the amazing opportunity to progress through Boreham Wood’s PASE Academy and you can still be a part of this academy, go to our trials page for details on how to apply.

A good start for Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team

We caught up with Burnley FC’s Shadow Youth Team Development Coach, Eddy Griffiths to see how his squads have started the season and it was a good start!

“We started well with our 1st team beating Crystal Palace 4-1 in the NFYL Premier Division and our 2nd team beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in the NFYL Championship Division.”

Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team have trials coming up on Thursday 11th October, go to our trials page to apply.

Eastleigh FC Academy Trials

We have had some excellent feedback from Eastleigh FC Academy.

We caught up with Lead Foundation Phase Coach, Jack Smith who gave us some feedback from the recent trials which appeared to be very successful with plenty of players being offered a place within the academy.

“Both trial days we felt went very well. There was a fantastic attitude shown by all who attended and it was great to see such an abundance of talent on display. Across all age groups (U8-U15), a total of 25 players were offered a place within the academy.”

Sutton Utd Trials

Great news after the last set of Sutton United F.C. Academy trials.

After speaking to Academy Director & U21s’s Head Coach Marvin Williams he has said that the quality of players that attended were probably the best they’ve had in the 3 years they have been running.

Keep following our page to keep an eye out for future trials with the Academy as places will book up very fast!

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