Is there a Histon model?
Have Histon managed to develop a model for non-league survival at a minimal cost? They have managed to survive in the second tier despite having a £130,000 budget which permits a 15 man squad which works out an average of £7,000 per player.
Histon is just to the north of Cambridge and with the intertwined village of Impington is a fast growing area. However, the combined population is short of 10,000 which is quite small to sustain a tier two club, even though some fans come from further afield.
They do, however, manage to train five days a week whereas my third tier side just trains for one night. What helps is that they have access to excellent training facilities at Anglia Polytechnic University and, perhaps more surprisingly, Cambridge University Press. Howvever, the Press has a 'works' side that plays in the Eastern Counties League Division 1.