Non-League Oracle

Thoughts from the lower leagues of English Football

Who are we…

The Non-League Oracle are two friends with a love of football. Here’s a bit more about us.

Rich Lloyd-Ablitt

First and foremost, I have always been a Liverpool fan. I was brought up that way, despite growing up in London. When I had more free time and money, I endured the long journey from home up to Anfield for as many home games as I could afford. But before that, when I was a child, I was taken a number of times to my local non-league side, Welling United. It was here that my love affair with grassroots started, and I’ve not looked back since.

I love to support the underdog, and believe strongly that football should be there for the community. Over time, you’ll probably sense that through some of my articles. The game was created for the working person to enjoy. Sometimes those in the corridors of power need to remember that, because we will never forget it. It’s our game.

Most of my work is on this site, but you might have also read some of my articles on before it disappeared. I have also been featured in When Saturday Comes and The Non-League Magazine. I hope you’ll enjoy this website, as much as we will. Please follow me on Twitter, @twodads81, for more football views and news.

Ryan Hall

I have always had a long standing interest in the Non-League game, despite supporting North London giants Tottenham Hotspur………What caught my attention about it is the purity of the game, from being so close to the players on the pitch, to the enthusiasts who sacrifice their own time to ensure the smooth running of clubs. It really is a community, something which I haven’t felt part of going to top flight games.

I am also a proponent of the need for change in our national game, across all levels. Not enough is done for grassroots football, which in turn affects our national sides throughout their age groups. Football doesn’t need wholesale change, but reforms do need to be made for the good of the game.

I have contributed to websites such as, aswell as being published in printed media such as The Non-League Paper, When Saturday Comes and The Surrey Mirror. Please take a moment to follow me on twitter @ryanhall587 for more views on Football in general.



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