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Folkestone Invicta boss Neil Cugley reflects on club milestone
Throughout his Folkestone tenure Cugley has had an almost annoying financial position, times before the recession were always steady but there was never enough money to a good position as one of Kent finest.
Through thick and thin the 56 year old has never thought of calling it a day apart from at a time earlier this season when he thought he wouldn have a club to turn up to when secretary and friend Neil Pilcher and other board members including chairman Lynn Woods left the club.
we are now and the money that we have to spend, I don think we ever get higher than the Ryman Premier, the days of us bringing people down from London are gone, and the cost of petrol alone is too much to bring them down.
Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley celebrated his 800th game in charge earlier this month and although he says he isn particularly interested in promoting the landmark, it a feat that should be recognised by football fans as an amazing achievement.
When Folkestone were riding high at the top of the Southern League Cugley was at his proudest, but unfortunately a number of reasons mean Folkestone will struggle compete at that level again.
know when your time up and that when you don enjoy turning up to the club but I always look forward to going to the ground, taking training and with the facilities we have it makes it enjoyable, if I was somewhere else and didn feel the same, there would be no point doing it. There are things that haven been enjoyed though, with his voice notably dropping in tone when having to recall the horrors of the death of Paul Sykes, a Folkestone striker who tragically died of a suspected heart attack in a Kent Cup semi final at home to Margate in 2005.
something you cannot prepare for, you can be trained for it but the whole club and the players were brilliant.
was sat in the office in the end of July and there was nobody to help bounce the club off and I did wonder if it would go this year I must be honest. But the people associated with non league football came forward and those volunteers helped save the club from going the same way as the old Folkestone Town side.
I always buy a lottery ticket so you never know what could happen! Harry Wall studies sports journalism at Southampton Solent University. He is originally from Folkestone.
15 years is an immense amount of time and with non league football as it is at the moment players and managers often don last long, but is it all dependent on where you are?
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year was the hardest of all, Cugley said.
It would seem the last man standing is Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been roaming the Old Trafford touchline for 26 years, a timescale of miraculous proportions.
However a lack of widespread grassroots coverage keeps some extraordinarily loyal characters in the dark, characters that arguably have a more difficult job than Fergie but are little known to the wider world.
It seems in this economic climate that non league teams are the first to get swallowed up, with more and more losing their fight to exist.
Loyalty is becoming the forgotten word in footballing circles, gone are the days when a player or manager would stay at a single club for a prolonged period.
this month Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley celebrated 800 games in charge of the Kent club. He talked to Harry Wall about his time in the Cheriton Road hot seat:
we can get the number of fans in, Stripes does well but to push on we Louis Vuitton White Backpack need a few millionaire chairmen, but to be fair we nearly had that a few years ago, we had a strong board but they didn get on well and so that a shame.
I'm asked what it is the worst moment, nothing else compares, it a million miles worse than any defeat or anything else.
like the club and it got some lovely facilities, there a nice pitch, a strong fan base, the bar upstairs and the nice changing rooms, he said.
Cugley said: will ever get close to that, I wouldn wish it on any other manager or any club because it horrendous and it Louis Vuitton Handbags On Sale
was awfully difficult but I think it made me a better person at the end of it, you try and act with pride, keep in touch with his wife and give support.
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insignificance, a very real problem in football at the moment is finance.
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