WHO ARE YA? Alex Stewart, Put Niels in Goal


Alex Stewart, Put Niels in Goal

I’m Alex Stewart, 31, currently living in North London.

2) Who do you support?

Southampton is my first team. I retain strong affection for Alresford FC, Akademisk Boldklub, Godoy Cruz, and Livorno.

3) What was your first game?

Reading vs Manchester City in, I think, 2001. After that, I was a season ticket holder at Southampton for 3 years until it became too expensive.

4) What do you do for a job?

Amateur librarian and professional diletante.

5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?.

I played in goal for my university college team and captained the 3rd XI, though I played for 1st and 2nd XI too.

6) How did you get into it?

I had always played in goal from school onwards, though not very well. I actually played club rugby and hockey rather than football; football was always more for pleasure than as a serious sporting pursuit. Several broken ribs, nose, and fingers later, I stopped. Two of my fingers are still buggered.

As far as blogging goes, I was inspired by the Blizzard and, antithetically, by a lot of the crap I was reading. This informs some of what I write as well, the desire to do things better and push myself to write the sort of stuff I would want to read.

7) What do you get out of it?

Pleasure you can’t measure. I enjoy connecting with other football people, either on-line, for coffee to chat football, or when I visit clubs. It’s something away from day-to-day business. And I get a genuine thrill from a good response to a piece.

8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?

Do what interests you. Do not pursue hits and click-throughs; if your writing is good, people will read it, and things written from the heart always sound better. Oh, and proof-read properly. A lot of otherwise good articles can be annoying because of errors.

9) If you could do it all again what would you change?

I would like to have taken football more seriously as a sport to play and continued playing for longer than I did. Maybe done some more stretching too. As for blogging, I wouldn’t change anything.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Niels Bohr, obviously*.

*From the peerless blog, Put Niels In Goal, “Akademisk Boldklub vs Brønsøj – a visit, a match, and a conversation

“This blog is named after a Danish physicist, Nobel laureate, and erstwhile goalkeeper Niels Bohr. Bohr won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1922 for pioneering work on atomic structure, positing that atoms orbiting a nucleus had discrete energetic properties and could jump between orbits.”

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