WHO ARE YA? Dom Newton-Collinge, Bantams Banter

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In the second half of the Bantams Banter head-to-head, Dom Newton-Collinge (right of picture) tackles the ‘Who Are Ya?’ questions.

1) Who are ya?
Dom Newton-Collinge, 27, Bradford born, Yorkshire raised.

2) Who do you support?
Bradford City

3) What was your first game?
1994, City vs a team in white… I actually just found out today that it was Leyton Orient (playing in their away strip). It was freezing but it was a night game and the floodlights lit the turf so beautifully. I knew I belonged there. Winning 2-0 helped.

4) What do you do for a job?
Bantams Banter by day and I work in a casino by night. That’s not me alluding to a gambling problem. I genuinely work there.

Bantams Banter is now an award-winning podcast, recorded on the terraces at Valley Parade. Tom [Fletcher – GM] & I take you through the trials and tribulations of supporting a League One football club, Bradford City! Recorded live on match days. It’s not commentary really, it’s passion, heart, support, hurt, elation, laughter and pride…and a lot of stuff off the beaten track.

5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?
Like Tom, I was involved with City as a youngster, I was about 11/12 and a goalkeeper. They moved me out to left back but realized I had dodgy knees so I was binned. I went on to work as press officer for Bradford City and loved it, travelling with the team, working behind the scenes at the club I loved…it didn’t get much better. Then I was made redundant during another cost cutting period. It hurt, but it all worked out for the best.

6) How did you get into it?
Podcasting? It’s a medium length story really. To cut it short, Tom & I met whilst working at Bradford’s Media Museum. We figured out we wanted to work in radio so set about making a show. Initially we did a breakfast show, but wanted to find some direction and indeed an audience, so we came up with Bantams Banter, and it worked, and the rest, as they say, is history.

7) What do you get out of it?
Pride. I know it’s one of the 7 deadly sins but so what? Tom & I have worked hard to bring Bantams Banter to where it is. Most of the work is off mic, like editing, website update, social media promotion…but I love it. We have been very lucky, last season thrust us into the limelight and podcasted from some of the best stadiums in England, including Wembley, twice. That takes some beating.

8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?
Do it. Put the effort in and be different. It takes time to find you own style, but once you do, and you will, the audience will come!

9) If you could do it all again what would you change?
Nothing. If we did, it just wouldn’t have worked out the way it has. A series of fortunate events have played a big part in what the show has become.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?
Of course I’ve had a lot of Bradford City footballing heroes, Ian Ormandroyd, Wayne Jacobs and more recently Gary Jones, what a man. But a player that I always admired was Dennis Bergkamp, his touch, his finishing, his classy demeanour – an amazing footballer.

Cheers, Dom. You can immerse yourself in Dom & Tom (the Zig and Zag of football punditry)’s zany Bradford City-centred world by clicking on the links below:

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