James Scowcroft column: Rewards clubs run like Bury Town?

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THE curtain has all but come down on the football season for the majority of us, unless you are lucky enough to be involved in a cup final.

It’s now time to reflect of what might, could and should of been last season and look forward to next season with optimism.

The biggest football derby in Suffolk will still take place next season as Lowestoft fluffed their lines in the Ryman League Premier play-off final, losing 4-3 at Tonbridge.

The way they celebrated after beating us suggested that they thought that might not happen.

Needham will also be disappointed not to be making the move up after being runaway leaders for so long, only to slip up at the final hurdle.

It only makes teams even more determined for next season and already non-League clubs are desperate to sign and spend more money.

One thing I’ve noticed this year is how much local clubs stretch themselves and budget for more than their income.

One of the few non-League clubs that doesn’t over spend and rely on individuals putting money in is Bury Town.

Bury is a club that is self sufficient and spends what it generates.

I’ve no problem with clubs relying on individuals, but if they pull out, the hopes of the club go with them.

Surely the FA, which each year gives thousands of pounds out in grants and prize money, should make more of an example to clubs like Bury and benefit them first before others.

It’s been a strange season for myself being my first out of the professional game in nearly 20 years, but one thing I’ve enjoyed is getting involved in the media.

It’s totally different, but still keeps you involved.

Covering Ipswich Town for local radio has been interesting to say the least.

After each game, we have a phone-in, which all kinds of people ring in, and I mean all kinds – some people who call in are very opinionated but were probably not even at the game.

Saturday saw me back at my old club Leicester City covering the fixture against Ipswich. In an entertaining match, Leicester ran out worthy winners.

It was great to go and see old friends after the game. Leicester is a fantastic friendly club with great support and after walking past Mr Evans, I found myself talking to Sven-Goran Eriksson.

I’m not sure why – maybe because I have blonde hair!

Enjoy your summer and hopefully I’ll be back next season with more.

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