Football Stretcher Prints, from Co2nscience

Stretcher Print is a unique wall print product, available exclusively from Co2nscience. They are Bradford-based eco company with a simple mission – to develop and sell super-cool, unique products made from recycled, re-claimed, and sustainable raw materials.

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Designed with ‘BIG’ in mind, they wanted to get away from the constraints of rigid square/oblong canvas prints. Because they don’t use wooden frames to make the prints, they can create really unique flexible shapes! Soft and felt-like to the touch, they are made from recycled plastic bottles too, which really gives them (and you) a warm feeling inside.

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If you pledge on Kickstarter at the £39 pledge they will make you one of these shirts (and probably do an Arsenal and Chelsea set too). After the Kickststarter initiative ends (on the 10th April), they will retail at circa £50-£60 so if anyone wants a bargain you need to get in quick!

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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WHO ARE YA? Roy Mason, Steeton AFC Manager

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Roy Mason, Manager of Steeton AFC

1) Who are ya?

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Steeton AFC crest

Roy Mason, manager of Steeton AFC, I am, despite the youthful looks, 44.

My role as manager involves much more than the running of the club. I get involved in the commercial side, website updates and helping write the clubs programme – non of which the Premiership managers would dream of, but it’s part of the job at this level. As manager I need to generate my own funds to push us on more professionally and also help publicise the club at any opportunity. Those who know me would say I never miss an opportunity to get the club into the local media!

2) Who do you support?

I support Bradford City, a club that has had its ups and downs. I was there on that fateful day on May 11th, 1985 [GM – the terrible Bradford City fire tragedy, where 56 men, women and children lost their lives] and the bond the supporters have with the club is second to none. Last season was a just reward for all those who have stuck with the club throughout the years. They are the most local club to me and I firmly believe you should support your local club.

I also take a keen interest in all West Yorkshire’s non-league sides.

3) What was your first game?

It was a home game against Walsall in the early 80’s. Bobby Campbell was the main man in those days. It was a 0-0 draw but enough for me to go back and the next game saw them beat Wigan 7-2 and I was hooked!

4) What do you do for a job?

I am a footwear buyer for a mail order company; my job takes me all over the world and has allowed me to see the odd game abroad. I’ve visited Barcelona, FC Porto, Fenerbache & Fiorentina to name a few clubs. So, I’ve sometimes been able to combine my work with hobbies. I’ve done a bit of TV guest presenting with work and this has caused much amusement from my players over the years!

It can be hard juggling both jobs and sometimes you leave yourself with no spare time!

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

Not professionally, however I played for Steeton before I became manager, and Keighley Phoenix as well as a couple of Keighley’s succesful Sunday sides, Druids Arms and St Annes Celtic.

6) How did you get into it?

I’ve always been interested in off the field activities as well as those on the field. I became assistant reserve manager, before taking on the position of player/manager with the reserves. After a season doing that I then took over the first team and have guided them to become one of the top WRCA Premier Division sides and in my tenure with the help of a great backroom team we have transformed the club.

7) What do you get out of it?

I love being involved with grass roots football and working with people who feel the same and devote a lot of hours for nothing. I live in the village [of Steeton] and I’m proud to be putting something back into the community as well as pushing myself to be the best I can as a manager.

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

Go for it – local clubs are crying out for help at all levels. Get involved you will make so many friends and get a great deal of satisfaction from it and you have no idea where it could take you.

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

Not a lot really – a broken leg at 24 cost me 18 months out of the game and if I could wind the clock back I would have ridden the tackle instead!!!

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Playingwise, it’s Stuart McCall – a man who gave 110% in everything he did. He was a fine example to any player in always giving your all for the club. I was very disappointed when it didn’t work out for him at Bradford City when he returned as a manger. Maybe he was too close to the club…

Managerwise, I admire Bill Shankly and Brian Clough a lot for their grasp of the basic principles. Their method was keep the game simple and be honest and upfront with players.

In the modern day, Jose Mourinhio seems to have a great man management style and the players want to play for him.

Many thanks, Roy.

You can follow Steeton AFC at www.steetonafc.co.uk