Tony, I completley agree with everything you have said. A minibus is a huge advantage to the club, and no one needs to explain why. The boost the budget scheme is a wonderful idea, and it's fantastic that people are able/willing to put into the scheme. I just think sooner or later, clubs need to find there level with the budget they can afford. If that means playing in the Ryman League, or the Combined Counties, then for the good of the club to exist in future then so be it. Everyone chases the dream of promotion, but when clubs are going into the Conference National with average gates of 200, then sooner or later it's a recipe for disaster. I truly believe a club doesn't need an unrealistic budget to compete in the Conference South, but I strongly feel clubs need to start investing in a youth structure so that local players build an affinity with the club, and either use it as a stepping stone to bigger clubs, or the show a bit of loyalty and be part of a team that grows together for 5-6 years. This is how non league clubs used to have success, such as Halesowen Town getting the 3 successive FA Vase finals in the mid 1980's. The problem now is, that the game at the highest level looks after itself. The new restructuring of the compensation regulations for players in academies could potentially kill League 1 and League 2 clubs, thinking what is the point of developing young talent. We have all seen the episode with Dan Thompson this season, a non league club cannot get a lad to sign a contract until they are 18. But even then, if a player is having trial after trial, why would he sign to jeapodise a move?! Non league clubs need to be given an incentive to bring through youngsters, and by that I mean financial so they can invest in the next lad... I'd much rather see a Hampton lad come through the youth teams from under 8's to first team in the Ryman league, than paying a journeyman ex-pro £300 per week to be in the bottom half of the Conference South.