When I saw Lewes FC, a Non-League football team in the south of England, play last December, little did I know they were on their way to a huge promotion and tumultuous changes that threaten the heart and soul of the club.
They might be on their way to Wembley in the FA Trophy, but the idea of running a football club and picking the team through the magic of Web 2.0 looks doomed just months after MyFC took over Ebbsfleet United. Their tagline reads "Own the club and pick the team", but many now feel that for the ordinary members, neither is really true.
When Lincoln City and Enfield met in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy in March 1988, it marked a transitional point in the history of non-League football which, Ian King says, is surprisingly healthy today despite the Premier League's hegemony.
As Milton Keynes Dons achieve success on the field and start to be lauded by the press off it, we continue our series looking at the origins of the club, and today see how it was decided Wimbledon F.C. could be franchised to Milton Keynes.
"Let's go for a little walk" is Havant & Waterlooville's terrace victory tune, as your editor discovered when they played Lewes recently in a Conference South clash. Our resident non-league expert, Ian King, thinks they'll be singing that tune either way after they head to Anfield this weekend, explaining the past and present of the potential giant-killers.
Our recent series on non-league football attracted considerable attention, as we explored the strengths and weaknesses of the foundation of the English game below the Premier League and the Football League. Ian King will be writing regularly for us on the non-league game and kicks his column off by telling us what you need to know about non-league.