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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WHO ARE YA? Tom Fletcher, Bantams Banter

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Tom Fletcher (left) of Bantams Banter fame

1) Who are ya?

Tom Fletcher, 28, Bradford (born and raised).

2) Who do you support?

Bradford City

3) What was your first game?

Can’t actually remember I was so young, all I do remember is hot coffee being spilt over my head whilst being stood on.

4) What do you do for a job?

For a living, I sell bunion cream but for the purpose of this interview I more importantly produce an award winning independent podcast called ‘Bantams Banter’.

It centres around Bradford City and offers a ‘from the terraces’ view of the game as we record the show. I’ve been doing it for 5 years now with a good mate of mine called Dom. We’ve gone from recording in my back bedroom to being the first ever podcast recorded live at Wembley.

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

I had trials with Bradford City as a goalkeeper but got pipped to the post by a Jon Worsnop who went on to play for the club in some respect! He now plays Sunday league like me, but as a centre forward (scores loads apparently).

6) How did you get into it?

What, podcasting football matches? Well me and Dom both had Radio experience and suddenly lost our jobs with BBC Radio Leeds. We wanted to carry on in broadcasting but whilst we were waiting decided to produce our own podcast called ‘The Tom and Dom Show’. From this spurned Bantams Banter and the rest they say…

7) What do you get out of it?

I love working as part of a popular podcast. It combines my two passions, football and media. It’s good to use your creative side as Albert Einstein once said:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

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

Just do it. Get a microphone and a recording device and free your creative juices. Talk about something you love or hate… or something that makes you excited, happy, sad or angry. Record it (edit it) and release it into the world. Today’s technology means anyone can do this from anywhere, together with modern online social values it also means someone will listen somewhere.

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

I’d of done it younger.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Jorg Albertz – the best left foot I’ve seen on a human.

Cheers Tom, all the best. Fancy asking Dom if he wants to do this too?

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