Great goals, excitement, new places and friendly faces were just a few of the highlights of my first season of watching non-league football. Freezing temperatures, off-road parking and an accidental trip over the Dartford Crossing also come to mind, but that's all part of the experience isn't it?
This season, however, I've decided to switch things up a little bit. Rather than picking games to watch based purely on ticking off new grounds I'm going to instead follow five teams, one at each of the top five steps, throughout the season.
The teams I've chosen are all clubs I visited last season. There were a lot of teams to choose from and I did have a criteria, but in the end it came down to a gut feeling of the teams that would be the most fun. And travel. Travel was important too.
This season's teams are:
- Step 1: Ebbsfleet United (National League)
- Step 2: Dulwich Hamlet (National League South)
- Step 3: Haringey Borough (Bostik Premier Division)
- Step 4: Grays Athletic (Bostik North Division)
- Step 5: Walthamstow FC (Essex Senior League)
I'll follow these teams home and away, ensuring I can still visit plenty of new grounds, and meet new people. Here's to another year of non-league football.