No Standing x Campo Retro photo competition

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As I head towards my 1000th blog post, No Standing and Campo Retro have come together to offer all football fans around the world a fantastic opportunity to win a unique and personalized Campo Retro football shirt with free delivery, to anywhere.

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Campo Retro have a wide range of retro shirts available, with classic shirts and track jackets ranging from the 1950s to the 2000s. Not only that, but Campo Retro will also print/stitch any name and number that you want on the back of the shirt to make it extra special.

This competition is open to entrants from all over the world, so whether you live in Liverpool, Lisbon, Lahore, Linden or LA, you still have a great chance of winning this fantastic prize. It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.

It couldn’t be simpler to enter this competition, all you have to do is send in a picture of something football-related that you’ve taken yourself and email the photo to competitions@camposports.com

Whether it’s you at the game on Saturday, playing Sunday League, in your back garden with your children playing footy, a groundhopping picture of some floodlights or pyrotechnic display, or an arty shot from the Stuart Roy Clarke school of football photography, the best photo wins.It’s that simple.Wow us or make us laugh but be creative.

The competition closes on the 31st of May, 2014 and the winner will be announced soon after.

The winner will receive an email from Campo Retro to request information on shirt size, personalization and delivery address. All entries will also receive an exclusive discount to use at www.camporetro.com

GOOD LUCK!

WHO ARE YA? Nigel Payne, Creative Manager, Everton Football Club

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1) Who are ya?

Nigel Payne, 37, Manchester

2) Who do you support?

I’m a neutral.

3) What was your first game?

Everton v Liverpool (3-0 Everton)

4) What do you do for a job?

Creative Manager, Everton Football Club. I’m responsible for the creative output of the Club.

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

Only EFC.

6) How did you get into it?

I was recommended to the Club from Uni as sole in-house designer 8 years ago.

7) What do you get out of it?

The opportunity to work on projects for a large brand.

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

You have to become strong and single-minded very quickly. Don’t give up and always be prepared to fight for what you want to do if you think that your decisions are right.

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

Work somewhere closer to home!!

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

To be honest, I really don’t have one.

WHO ARE YA? Anthony Cooper, Campo Sports Ltd

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Campo Retro, quality retro football shirts

1) Who are ya?

My name is Anthony, I’m 25 years old and live in Manchester

2) Who do you support?

Being from Manchester it was natural to support Man City of course! But I lie, I was a Man City fan because of my Dad and went to school during United’s most successful years being surrounded by United fans whilst we sat in the depths of League 1.

3) What was your first game?

My first game was Everton at home. It was the first game of the 90-91 season and we won 1-0. I honestly cannot remember any of it as I was only two. I have it from memory as my Dad told me he hid me under his jacket to get me through the turnstiles for free.

4) What do you do for a job?

I work at http://www.camporetro.com/ doing partnerships and social media work. The kind of job I’ve been striving to get over the last few years through side projects like the Football Blogging Awards, which is how Campo discovered me. Not only did them offer me a job, they agreed to sponsor the Football Blogging Awards in a multi-year deal!

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

No, unfortunately. I once applied for a job at Man City and was turned down. Also, I never really plied my trade playing football, as quite frankly, I am shocking with a ball at my feet! I can see my future working with plenty of football clubs from a commercial point of view at Campo but at the minute my number is zero.

6) How did you get into it?

I started by writing a football blog and one thing led to another.

7) What do you get out of it?

Being able to work in football and work in something you enjoy. You spend about half your life working so why spend half your life being miserable!

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

I would say to others if you get an idea in your head and think it could work, why not try it. I told a couple of friends and my brother about the Blogging Awards before starting it. They laughed and told me it was stupid. Last year we reached 10m people and took 30k votes. Next year we expect it to at least double [It will, ‘cos of all the votes for No Standing!!! – GM]. Although it’s not easy! Expect a lot of hard work and all of it unpaid. I’m yet to see a penny of hundreds of hours work put in for the Football Blogging Awards but it’s all been worth it to get to where I am now career-wise.

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

Nothing. Why live with regret? What I will do is look at it from a future perspective and think how can I improve it.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

I have plenty of idols and of course I’m going to choose a City legend. I would have to say either Shaun Goater or Shaun Wright-Phillips. Both were knocked-back throughout their early careers, being told they would not make the cut, and I suppose the message is is that you should never give up. At City they prospered and are now held in the hearts of thousands of City fans I’m sure.

Many thanks, Anthony.

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WHO ARE YA? Andy Jones, FA Get into Football Officer at Salford Community Leisure

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Andy Jones – FA Get into Football Officer at Salford Community Leisure

1) Who are ya?

Andy Jones, age 37, lives Monton, Manchester

2) Who do you support?

Manchester United

3) What was your first game?

It was a long long time ago, so I can’t remember the opposition, but I just remember it was Ron Atkinson’s team, and Ralph Milne had a shocker!!!

4) What do you do for a job?

I currently work for Salford Community Leisure, managing a range of funding projects across a number of different sports. I manage a city-wide football coaching programme called Soccerstars, which has 5 sites and provides grassroots coaching for young players aged 5-11 years.

I previously spent 12 years as a football development officer for Trafford, Manchester City council and then the Manchester FA.

I also coach at a local Junior club, Deans Youth and Ladies, coaching the development centre for 4-6 year olds, plus my sons team, the Under8’s.

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

Just played my final season for Trafford FC, and I worked for Manchester United at the Carrington training centre every Friday as part of my role with Trafford MBC as MUFC funded the role.

6) How did you get into it?

I worked part time as a Leisure Assistant and a casual coach working in schools at the age of 17 whilst studying leisure management at Salford Uni. From that, I got more experience and got to find out about full time roles.

7) What do you get out of it?

I’ve always enjoyed sports, both watching and competing, so to work in the industry was the ideal job. I’ve been lucky enough to work on some major events such as 2008 Uefa Cup Final, Hyundai World Cup fan parks 2010, and Englands world cup bid 2018

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

Be willing to volunteer, or work casual hours to get your foot in the door and build up a good relationship with potential employers. Its more difficult now due to funding cuts within local authorities, but there are still opportunities.

You can build up employment by coaching for a number of different employers. Do coaching badges in a range of sports, and don’t pigeon hole yourself to one sport, as being able to coach a variety of sports makes you more versatile.

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

I’d try going abroad, probably to the USA to coach on summer camps. I have old friends who did that years ago, and now live out there and have successful careers in coaching football, in the sunshine in LA!

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

David Beckham. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a few times, plus my current favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo – easily the most talented and exciting player I’ve seen play live.

WHO ARE YA? Matt Richardson, Sports Development Professional for Salford Community Leisure

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Salford Lads Club

1) Who are ya?

Matt Richardson, 25 from Manchester

2) Who do you support?

I support Manchester United, it is the only team I have ever followed and have done so for 20 years.

3) What was your first game?

The first ever game I attended was Denis Irwin’s testimonial in August 2000. Although Irwin was at the back end of his career, it was fantastic to watch him live along with the other players.

4) What do you do for a job?

I am currently a Sports Development Professional. This involves working within communities and education aiming to improve social inclusion and rates of young people taking part in sport and physical activity. I run citywide and regional multi-sport competitions. Being able to give young people as many opportunities to try new sports is my main aim.

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

I have played football at semi-pro level and now play Sunday league.

6) How did you get into it?

I was asked to come down over the pre-season and played for two seasons.

7) What do you get out of it?

My job role – being able to give young people as many opportunities to try new sports as possible, which is very rewarding.

Playing football – to be honest, what I got from playing was that semi-pro football wasn’t for me. The egos from players, who at 26/27 still thought they had an ‘Ian Wright’ chance of being picked up by a bigger club, used to frustrate me. The long match days; meeting before a game, meal before the game, play, drinks after the game. It was too regimented for what I was trying to get out of football, which was being able to play in a team with my friends and for it not to be taken too seriously.

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

With regards to my job, volunteer and make connections. It is more rewarding than most. Seeing an event through from planning to delivery is fantastic and getting to work with a wide variety of people makes the role interesting every day.

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

I would have aimed to take on more responsibility at a younger age, only now am I starting to see rewards for my hard work.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Heroes – Del Piero, Ronaldinho and Dennis Bergkamp. I was obsessed with their technical ability. The goals they have scored and such close control is something I was in awe of.

WHO ARE YA? Lorri Wilson, Manchester United & Sign4all Ltd

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Lorri Wilson – Communication is the key

1) Who are ya? 

Lorri Wilson, age 53 but I look 35!

2) Who do you support? 

That’s a hard question. When I was little I supported City. Now I work for the Reds, it has to be United!

3) What was your first game?

Manchester City in the 70’s.

4) What do you do for a job?

Joint company Director, Sign4Sport Ltd (about to change to Sign4all Ltd), which is a freelance company to sign BSL to deaf and hard of hearing in the sporting world of football.

Originally, I worked in a building society and had a deaf customer, I felt utterly embarrassed that I couldn’t communicate, so I went on to learn basic sign language and carried on from there. I then went on to work in the education services for visually impaired and hearing impaired in Stockport,  This is where I met a colleague who introduced me to Man Utd as she was working there for an hour a week. She then decided to emigrate and asked me to take over her position. After working there I also gained a good name for being reliable and good at what I do, so word got around and other football clubs asked me to help. The work load was getting far too much and, whilst at Utd, I met my business partner, Abdel, and we set up ‘Sign4Sport Ltd’.

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

At present I work for Manchester United, but this has no connection with my own company – I try to keep them separate,

6) How did you get into it?

I realised that there was no-one who signed for the deaf in sport. All communicators, interpreters et al wanted to work in the law, hospitals, courts etc. I loved the Idea of working with and in football and I wanted to dedicate as much time to it as possible, making sure that footballers and coaches could communicate with each other via me or another. ‘Football speak’ is hard enough to understand for the hearing, so can you image what it’s like for anyone who has a hearing loss!

7) What do you get out of it?

Passion for the job and the satisfaction of helping people communicate.

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

Just go for it. You have to love people, and the sport. It’s a hard concept to understand, but you need to have the mentality of wanting to stand around outside when it’s cold and wet on horrid days at a match, especially if you don’t enjoy the game.  Expect to get muddy too!

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

Nothing, as I’ve found my passion in life. This is the best job in the world! Not the best paid by any means, but very rewarding in other ways.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Too many to mention… but, for skill, would have to be Cantona. Others include Lionel Messi and David Beckham for their looks and Ryan Giggs for politeness and humbleness.