Reading U23

Friday 18th September 2020, 1300 KO Reading FC U23 vs Fulham FC U23 My first foray into the Academy football system came with a photography request to cover Fulham U23s away at Reading on a glorious Friday afternoon in mid-September.  Thankfully, with plenty of time in the bank in my day job, I was able... Continue Reading →

Saltash United

Saturday 5th September 2020, 1500 Kick Off Saltash United FC vs St Blazey AFC The Build Up A weekend visit home to Cornwall (my first in over a year!) presented a perfect opportunity to take in some local football, and it just so happened to fall on the first match day of the South West... Continue Reading →

Ashford Town (Middx)

Tuesday 25th August 2020, 1945 Kick Off Ashford Town (Middlesex) FC vs Hampton & Richmond Borough FC The Build Up The pre-season friendlies are coming thick and fast now, and with the change in government guidelines (did they actually change, or did the FA just interpret them differently?) fans are now officially allowed back in... Continue Reading →

Sutton Common Rovers FC

Monday 10th August 2020, 1945 Kick Off Sutton Common Rovers vs Tonbridge Angels The Build Up Last time I put a match report on here, things looked a little bit different.  As I watched Chertsey Town dispatch Ashford Town (Middx) back in February, people were predicting that drastic action would need taking to offset the... Continue Reading →

Player Interviews – Ben Davis

Ben Davis – Fulham Name:  Ben Davis Club:  Fulham Position:  Midfielder Age:  19 Instagram:  @ben_james_davis What links the first ever Premier League scholar from Singapore, and the first Thai player to make a professional appearance in England?  It’s a pretty niche quiz question, with a fairly straightforward answer.  They’re the same person – nineteen-year old... Continue Reading →

Player Interviews – Berti Schötterl

Name:  Berti Schötterl Club:  1.FC Lokomotive Leipzig Position:  Goalkeeper Age:  25 Instagram:  @berti_schotterl Twitter:  @BertiBFG The life of a footballer can be a transient one.  It requires an awful lot of mental fortitude, along with a healthy dose of adaptability, and the ability to make big life decisions with confidence.  Few players know that as... Continue Reading →

Player Interviews – Kodi Lyons-Foster

Kodi Lyons-Foster – Aldershot Town Name:  Kodi Lyons-Foster Club:  Aldershot Town Position:  Centre Back Age: 23 Instagram:  @klf6_ Twitter:  @Klf6_ A large proportion of non-league players have had a level of exposure to the professional academy system during their development.  Some, such as Jamie Vardy, have made it back to the elite levels, whilst some... Continue Reading →

Player Interviews – George Essuman

Name:  George Essuman Club:  Margate Position:  Centre Back Age: 24 Twitter:  @George_Ess5 Lockdown has been a difficult time for many, but has also presented opportunities.  With the pace of life slowing, and many activities – including football – grinding to a halt, it has offered a chance to take stock, to be introspective, and really... Continue Reading →

Player Interviews – Luke Cairney

Name:  Luke Cairney Club:  Hungerford Town Position:  Goalkeeper Age:  28 Twitter: @LukeCairney2 Whenever a non-league club draws Football League opposition in the FA Cup, there’s always one tired cliché that gets trotted out by the commentary team.  “Look at that, the left back’s just taken the ball off Johnny Big Potatoes – he’s a postman during the week!”  For those... Continue Reading →

Player Interviews – Rhys Forster

Name:  Rhys Forster Club:  Met Police Position:  Goalkeeper Age:  21 Twitter: @forster_20 instagram:  @_.forster People often say that goalkeepers are a different breed.  It’s a unique position, and carries a level of responsibility far beyond the outfield positions.  It’s a role where a player is expected to dominate his area, to lead the defence, and to... Continue Reading →

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