WHO ARE YA? Tom Finch, TOFFS

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1) Who are ya?
Tom Finch, 20
2) Who do you support?
The Arsenal
3) What was your first game?
Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool, 2001 FA Cup Final, 12/05/01
4) What do you do for a job?
Graphic Design / Marketing / Photography / Sew-on Numbers…A bit of everything really
5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?
I haven’t, although I have played 5-a-side at The Emirates, does that count?
6) How did you get into it?
Family business
7) What do you get out of it?
I can’t… [The question was “What”, not “How”! 😉 – GM]
8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?
Know your stuff! You never know when someone might ask you the score between Bolton and Sheff Wed in 1982! [16 Feb – Bolton won 1-0, 08 May – Bolton won 3-1, 07 Sep – Wednesday won 3-1 – GM]
9) If you could do it all again what would you change?
I wouldn’t change anything really…
10) Who’s your footballing hero?
Although there’s been a few players I admired growing up, such as Henry, Riquelme, Zidane, Aimar, my footballing hero has always been Dennis Bergkamp (AKA God).

WHO ARE YA? Craig Renshaw, Administrator for the University of Bolton, & BWFC Turnstile Operator

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Craig Renshaw, Administrator for the University of Bolton, & BWFC Turnstile Operator

1) Who are ya?

Craig Renshaw, 23.

2) Who do you support?

Bolton Wanderers (still!) [Good lad – GM]

3) What was your first game?

Oxford United in 1996, FA cup tie, I think? [Bolton played Oxford in the league that season, at Oxford in November 1996, and at Burnden Park in April 1997 – GM]

4) What do you do for a job?

An Administrator for the University of Bolton, and I operate a turnstile for Bolton Wanderers on matchdays.

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

Yes, as above – as a Turnstile Operator for BWFC.

6) How did you get into it?

I needed some work experience whilst I was at University, and a family friend gave me the contact details of someone at Bolton. That was my way in.

7) What do you get out of it?

I get to help the team I’ve supported all my life, and get to see a bit of the football most of the time. I also get to build rapport with the fans, which is always fun.

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

Just ask around, there’s always jobs connected to clubs you support, get involved, whether its paid or voluntary and you won’t regret it.

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

Actually play for BWFC! Saying that, they could really do with me right about now! [Too right – GM]

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Jay Jay Okocha – so good they named him twice!

Cheers Craig. I hope to see you at the Reebok turnstiles one of these days.

WHO ARE YA? Stephen Hughes, Operations Manager for Street League

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Stephen Hughes, Operations Manager for Street League, with the Mayor of Warrington

1) Who are ya?

Stephen Hughes, 37, Glaswegian, Operations Manager for Street League

2) Who do you support?

The famous Glasgow Celtic – first British team to lift the European cup

3) What was your first game?

Davie Provan’s testimonial against Nottingham Forrest in 1987. Forrest won 3-1.

4) What do you do for a job?

I am the Operations Manager for a football Charity called Street League. We deliver sport/employability Academy programmes that support 16-25 yr old NEETs (not in employment, education or training) and get them back into work, College or national training programmes.

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

Not any professional clubs. I have played football up to Amateur level in Scotland. Street League is currently looking at working alongside professional football clubs. For me, in Manchester, the two on the horizon are Bolton Wanderers FC and Oldham Athletic FC.

6) How did you get into it?

I applied for the role with Street League.

7) What do you get out of it?

It’s so rewarding getting people back into work, College or national training programmes so that they can achieve their potential.

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

Be prepared to go above and beyond what is expected of you. Apply yourself in everything you do and no matter what you go on to become, be the best at it.

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

I would put more commitment into my football when I was around 14/15. Looking back then, I probably had the ability to go on and become a professional footballer but I was easily distracted with other things such as girls and generally having a good time.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

I’ve never had a football hero as such. Even growing up my favourite player would change each season. In recent times my football hero would be Henrik Larsson. Not only one of THE best football players ever to grace a Celtic jersey, he was also a remarkably humble human being and was admired by most fans from other clubs as well.

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WHO ARE YA? Brian Prestidge

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Brian Prestidge

1) Who are ya?
Brian Prestidge – 29 years old
Worked in Elite football for 8 years

2) Who do you support?
Bolton Wanderers

3) What was your first game?
Plymouth Argyle v Arsenal – David Rocastle’s testimonial

4) What do you do for a job?
Head of Analytical Development at Bolton Wanderers FC

5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?
Work for Bolton Wanderers (8 years), not played professionally

6) How did you get into it?
Football has always been a life passion of mine and I have always been very methodical and analytical in my life. I studied “Applied Sports Science and Coaching undergraduate degree before completing a Masters degree in Performance Analysis. Came for an interview for the job of Head Academy Analyst at BWFC and was successful.

7) What do you get out of it?
The ability to fulfil my ambitions and goals

8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?
Be different – learn different things to give yourself a unique selling point

9) If you could do it all again what would you change?
Nothing

10) Who’s your footballing hero?
Peter Schmiechel

Many thanks, Brian.
Cmon you whites!

Panini 80 – Sam Allardyce, Bolton Wanderers

Panini 80 - Sam Allardyce, Bolton Wanderers

Panini 80 – Sam Allardyce, Bolton Wanderers