WHO ARE YA? Steve Jenkins, Grassroots Coach, Head of Coaching at Brighton Soccer Club Melbourne

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Steve Jenkins, Grassroots Coach, Head of Coaching at Brighton Soccer Club Melbourne

1) Who are ya?

Steve Jenkins, 51. Grassroots Coach, Head of Coaching at Brighton Soccer Club Melbourne (1000 + players). Run LinkedIn group Kids In Teams

2) Who do you support?

Arsenal

3) What was your first game?

Arsenal v Wolves (2-1) 1977 at Highbury

4) What do you do for a job?

Business Consultant/It Consultant own Business

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

Just as a volunteer

6) How did you get into it?

Just put my hand up

7) What do you get out of it?

So much – great to see kids playing, enjoying, learning, growing…

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

Do It

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

Learn to use my left foot as soon as I started walking!

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Dennis Bergkamp

Cheers Steve.

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? Chris Adam, Head of Football at Sheffield Hallam University

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Chris Adam, Head of Football at Sheffield Hallam University

1) Who are ya?
Chris Adam, age 30. I live in Sheffield.

2) Who do you support?
Sheffield United

3) What was your first game?
Sheffield United vs Brighton

4) What do you do for a job?
Head of Football at Sheffield Hallam University. I coach and manage the men’s first team and also create the whole football programme for all four men’s teams. I also coach the women’s first team.

I am also a player/assistant at AFC Goole in the Evostik South League which is semi-professional. I take most of the training session and also play every game unless injured!

5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?
I was at Sheffield United from the age of 10-18 as an apprentice. I was a pro at Huddersfield Town, Mansfield Town and Doncaster Rovers.

6) How did you get into it?
I was approached by a friend.

7) What do you get out of it?
Experience in coaching and developing players.

8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?
Coaching – go and watch as many people coach as possible then take the best practice from each of them and add your own beliefs to it all.

9) If you could do it all again what would you change?
Less partying as a young player and be more dedicated to the life of a footballer!

10) Who’s your footballing hero?
George Best

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? David Hill, Head of Marketing for Kitbag Limited

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David Hill, Head of Marketing for Kitbag Limited

1) Who are ya?

David Hill, 49

2) Who do you support?

Bamber Bridge FC. and RCD Mallorca

3) What was your first game?

Bamber Bridge FC v Curzon Ashton

RCD Mallorca v Lleida

4) What do you do for a job?

Head of Marketing for Kitbag Limited.

We run the commercial websites for Man.Utd, Man City, Everton, Barcelona, Celtic, Real Madrid, Borrusia Dortmund, Olympic Marseille, Formula 1, the NBA (National Basket Association), and many others.

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

I worked with Wigan Athletic FC producing commercial product ranges for their club stores, and the occasional match day activity. My playing days were strictly amateur but played most weeks up into my late 30’s.

6) How did you get into it?

I was a buying director for JJB Sports plc, owned by Dave Whelan, chairman of the Latics, so it aligned to the role I had at that time.

7) What do you get out of it?

A good insight into football fan purchase motivations and some good Saturday afternoon football.

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

I have been employed in the sports industry for over 30 years, and it still continues to evolve. There are opportunities throughout the industry, where you can capitalise on transferable skill sets to move from one discipline to another.

My advice – get in first, then get on. It’s a great industry.

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

Nothing! I’ve been to more sporting occasions than I can remember, Champions League games, 2 World Cups, Euro Champs, 2 Olympics and played at venues such as Old Trafford, Goodison Park, Anfield and best of all, Wembley (Twice).

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Toughie! I’ve met Pele on two occasions, and played a match with Gordon Banks at Wembley, both great players, heroes, ambassadors and I was struck by their humility, however, as a former goalie, I have to go with Peter Schmeichel – I don’t think there has been a keeper since where, in a one on one, anyone dominates as much as he did.

Many thanks, David.

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? Jim Mann, Founder of a technology company, Spontly

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Jim Mann, Founder of a technology company, Spontly

1) Who are ya?

Jim Mann, aged 37.

2) Who do you support?

Liverpool / Hearts (I was born in Edinburgh but grew up in the Northwest).

3) What was your first game?

Everton vs Telford United in the FA Cup Everton won 3-1 I remember Peter Reid and Neville Southall were playing.

4) What do you do for a job?

I am the Founder of a technology company called Spontly.

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We are a fan engagement platform for live events. In real terms that means we build apps, webpages and tools so Football / Rugby / Cricket clubs can allow their fans to interact through their mobile phones and see replays etc. at matches.

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

I was a junior Claret and played for Burnley until I was about 11 when I took up running instead – I now race ultramarathons and mountain races instead.

6) How did you get into it?

I have been working in start-ups and tech for a while. As smart phones started to get more popular we saw an opportunity and started developing this idea.

7) What do you get out of it?

Working with new technology especially with crowds is great fun. I found it really satisfying that something that we dreamed up a couple of years ago now has 1000’s of people using it.

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

Just have a go – there are so many opportunities out there – if you have an idea just try it… what’s the worst that can happen?

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

I would take out some of the mistakes where we tried things that didn’t work so we could get to where we are now faster!

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Ian Rush – he scored so many goals when he was at Liverpool.

Many thanks, Jim.

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