Adam Lees is the man behind the Third World Rivals site which is dedicated to all things "Division Three". Add to this he is a Halifax Town fan and Adam is fully aware of the issues around promotion and relegation between the Conference and Football League, and the differences in standard and attitude between the divisions having "been there".
I first came into contact with Adam during the "2 up, 2 down" campaign during the summer 2001. He posted a few items on the Fair Play Campaign's message board and I started an email debate with him. He was happy to let me put the Campaign's argument up on Third World despite disagreeing with it, and since then I have contributed several articles about the Conference to the site.
I asked Adam to provide us with his view of the differences between the leagues and he was good enough to provide the following article which I am sure you will agree makes interesting reading, particularly given Dagenham & Redbridge's current position in the Conference.
This is a summary from a pair of articles on Third World. The full articles can be found here and here.
Here is what Adam had to say: