How I started working with BT Sport

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I’ve just finished my first year studying Media and Journalism BA (Hons) at Northumbria University and I will be going into second year with a years worth of work experience with BT Sport.

What was my role with BT Sport?

I worked on the National League Highlights Show which was broadcast every Sunday at 10PM on BT Sport 1. Specifically for York City FC.

My job would be to film the full game from the dodgy gantry on top of the popular stand at Bootham Crescent then climb down the shaky ladder and sprint across to the main stand where alongside my colleague we would film interviews with Gary Mills and the oppositions manager.

If you want a good laugh then you can watch my first ever interview with Gary Mills. It’s quite embarrassing for me and I can tell you that 19 year old Dan has learned from his mistakes which is what it’s all about!

All the footage would then have to be edited down to under eight minutes and sent as a full package over a server to BT Sport under a deadline.

Additionally I edited a longer highlights package which would be sent to York City to use on MinstermenPlayerHD; their paid subscription video platform.

I study in Newcastle and live in York so the role was ideal for me as on home games I’d be able to spend the weekend with my family and friends. On top of this travel was paid for, so I’d not have to worry about the expensive train journeys… including a £150 return to London for my training course – trains are way overpriced!

York City were lucky enough to be broadcast as a live game on BT Sport when they played Forest Green in which I experienced the whole thing from the production trailer behind the ground and got to meet presenters Matt Smith and Kevin Davies.

18622629_10213360605998499_2703105833219314138_nFollowing this I got an all access pass at Wembley Stadium for the FA Trophy Final and helped out with BT Sport interviews on Wembley Way as well as looking after the presenters on the day.

Oh and I got a cheeky picture in the royal box before a scary man in a suit came up and kicked me out!


How can I apply?

The best thing to do is contact the nearest National League club near you. Below is a map of all the clubs in the National League next season.


My advice would be to go onto the clubs website and find an email for the media department. Better yet find out who the media officer is, find them on twitter and get in touch from there.

It’s best to get your foot in before they advertise on the website. York City for example started advertising for the role around this time.

If you’re successful you will most likely get an interview with the media officer for the role and then be sent down to BT Sport studios in the Olympic Park, Stratford for two days (all expenses paid) for a training course.

It’s also best to mention that this role is unpaid, but if you love football the perks of the job are amazing to say the least.

So what am I doing now?

Unfortunately York City were relegated from the National League at the end of last season and this meant that it was my time to move on considering BT Sport will not be covering the regional divisions.

But this experience has helped me drastically in the world of football media. People in the industry actually take me seriously now and that has lead me on to my new roles for the 2017/18 season.

For 2017/18 I will be the Programme Editor at Blyth Spartans FC as well as the Matchday Media Officer with Northumberland FA for the county team.

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Croft Park – Home to Blyth Spartans FC.

I’m only going into my second year but I have all of these opportunities at my fingertips and I’m in a great position to showcase and develop my skills further. It’s made me realise the career path I want to take and now I’m more motivated than ever!

If you want any advice on getting into football media or just want a general chat then please contact me on twitter or email me. I’ll be happy to help out and possibly point you in the direction of a role which you’d be interested in.

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York City’s Recent Signings – My Say

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Recently York City have announced that two players have signed new deals for next season and they have re-signed Michael Rankine who comes in from last seasons relegation rivals Guiseley.

After some discussion on twitter I thought I’d give more detail on my opinions and rate the signings out of five.

Adriano Moké

DAX3cmvXsAMcB4gI was so pleased when Moké came back to York City. I have nothing but good memories of him from last time and I think when he was given the chance he delivered for the most part. He holds the ball in midfield really well and was great when he came on at Wembley.

The thing is though he needs to play. And I think Mills might finally make him a main part of his midfield this year. This past season he only played a full 90 minutes in 7 of a possible 35 games, in my opinion he should have started ahead of Asa Hall in the last few games.

Moké has played in this division before with Stockport County and obviously loves the club. Non Leagues’s N’golo Kanté. Brilliant signing.

My Rating (Out of 5):





Hamza Bencherif

Bencherif was one of the signings Gary Mills made in January on loan. He drastically Hamza_Bencherif_2017-02-11_1changed things at the back for York City and alongside Parslow he was consistently a solid defender. A contrast to the start of the season when it was Matt Fry and Jack Higgins.

This will be Bencherif’s first season in the sixth tier as he has been regularly playing in the National League the past four seasons, and before that he was playing in the league with Notts County and Plymouth.

Fantastic signing and well needed at the back, now they have to get Danny Parslow on board.

My Rating (Out of 5):





Michael Rankine

Michael_Rankine_24-10-2009_1I’ve got a bit of a case of déjà vu here.. York signed Richard Brodie from Semi Professional outfit Stockport County last summer, he blew his chance back in professional football and dropped down to the National League North with Boston United.

Is this not the same situation? Now I’m not saying Rankine has the same attitude problem as Brodie did but you could tell when he came on for Guielsey at Bootham Crescent that he isn’t as fit as he once was.

Now admittedly I am slightly chuckling over our front line, Jon Pakin and Michael Rankine… If I was the centre back for the opposition I would just go home!

But realistically do you see this working? Two big lads playing up front for York? I’d love to hear your opinions on this one so please leave a comment below or tweet me.

My Rating (Out of 5):





* Note that I haven’t included players who haven’t signed deals yet so Kyle Letheren etc. aren’t included.

** Vadaine Oliver and Alex Whittle not included as they are transfer listed by request.

For me we need to get Amari Morgan-Smith to sign and he can play alongside Parkin. Also it would be great if Letheren signs but he can definitely play higher up and has said that he has had offers from Scotland.

A few players have said they are signing on for next year and a few are also under contract but are keeping quiet. I’m hoping the players who said they’d play put their money where their mouth is and sign on the dotted line.

Other teams like Salford City are signing players left right and centre and York need to know who they have to replace next year so Gary Mills can crack on.


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National League: Who Will Make The Playoffs?

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Following my post on the teams at the bottom of the table I thought I’d do the same for the teams near the top. Most importantly the teams challenging for a place in the playoffs.

There are four teams currently in the running for the two remaining playoff spots. They will join Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green for a place in League 2 next season.

Playoffs - Key Fixtures

The graphic above shows the remaining fixtures for each teams. I’ll go into more detail below on my thoughts on their chances of making the playoffs this season.


4th – Dagenham & Redbridge

80 pts (+25 Goal Difference)

With only three points needed to solidify a playoff place you would near enough put your house on Dagenham and Redbridge to make the playoffs this year.

They play a Wrexham side this Saturday who have nothing to play for, sitting mid table. Wrexham have also won once in their last 8 games. So you’d say Dagenham would be massive favourites to get the three points they need.

The last day of the season is arguably a tougher fixture despite Woking’s league position. Woking are 6th in the league’s form table and will be looking to keep their National League status.

The strikers Oliver Hawkins, Jordan Maguire-Drew and Corey Whitely have scored an outstanding 47 goals between them. So it is more than likely they will have no problems in the last two fixtures.


5th – Aldershot

76 pts (+24 Goal Difference)

Aldershot have been in decent form recently, only losing 1 game in their last 10 and crucially, beating playoff rivals Dover last Saturday. This was a big result to overtake Dover in the league and put pressure on The Whites in their game in hand.

Aldershot are in the playoffs by just 1 point so the next 2 games are seen as must wins. But ultimately their fate is in 6th placed Dover’s hands.

Aldershot will be without teenage sensation Idris Kanu on the weekend following his first red card of his career late on against Dover.

However this still shouldn’t make a difference on paper as they play North Ferriby, who have already been relegated from the National League. However North Ferriby did beat promotion hopefuls Forest Green a few weeks back so the game shouldn’t be written off as a definite win for The Shots.


6th – Dover Athletic

75 pts (+22 Goal Difference)

A defeat against Aldershot was a big opportunity to increase the gap between them and The Shots. It also stopped their 3 match winning streak in the process. However Dover are only 1 point behind, and have a game in hand over Aldershot.

They will host relegation scrappers Torquay United on Saturday which will be a hard game considering Torquay will be all guns blazing to retain their National League status.

The real important fixture is against Macclesfield on Tuesday. With Macclesfield having nothing the play for this is a chance for Dover to make their game in hand count and overtake Aldershot to slide into the last playoff place.

They missed out on a playoff final last year, losing 2-1 on aggregate to Forest Green. So this year they will be looking to put things right, and with Ricky Miller firing in 36 this season, I have no doubt they will be able to do the job in these last few games.


7th – Barrow

72 pts (+18 Goal Difference)

Barrow are a big outside chance in the playoffs this year. They are currently 4 points from the playoffs with a poorer goal difference than the teams above them. But this doesn’t write them off for a miracle.

To gain a spot in the playoffs Barrow will be required to win the next 2 games against Braintree and Dover to take them to 78 points. Not to mention they also need the two teams above them, Aldershot and Dover, to ideally lose each of their remaining games which is highly unlikely.

That being said Barrow owner Paul Casson has pumped £1m into the club this season to fund their push to play in the football league. And with that kind of investment anything other that the playoffs will be seen as a poor investment from the American businessman.

So who will make the playoffs?

In my eyes I don’t see Dagenham and Redbridge slipping up on their playoff spot. They are in a great position, even if they lose the next two games, they are 4 points ahead of the team below them.

After Dagenham it comes down to the one playoff spot which is obviously between Dover and Aldershot.

I believe both teams will have minimal problems in the last few. But Aldershot will be looking over their shoulders come Tuesday in Dover’s game in hand against Macclesfield.

I think it is all down to Dover’s grit over their remaining fixtures. I think they are in with a real shot of promotion if they make the playoffs, striker Ricky Miller will be a huge asset in these games.

National League: Who Will Be Relegated?

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It’s been an extremely frustrating time this season watching my team York City crumble in the National League after such high expectations at the start of the year. However York are in a relegation scrap, it is what it is, and it’s going to go down to the last game against Forest Green.

Because of this I thought I’d do some research on the teams who can be relegated from the National League. As Southport and North Ferriby have already been relegated this means that two teams from a possible 7 can be relegated.

Relegation - Key Fixtures

The graphic above shows the seven teams who can be relegated this year. Since it’s come down to the wire I thought I’d elaborate and give a bit of a background and opinion on each teams situation.


16th – Chester

52 Points (-5 Goal Difference)

Chester are mathematically in the best position to stay in the National League for next season. They are 5 spots from the relegation zone and 4 points clear. Which basically means that they have to lose the next two games and most of the teams below them have to win their next two. Which is highly unlikely.

That being said they are on a poor run of form with only 2 wins in their last 10 games and are without a home win since December last year. So you wouldn’t put it past them to lose their last two. However even if they did I think they will be okay.


17th – Woking

51 Points (-14 Goal Difference)

After last seasons mid table finish would would put your money on Woking to build upon their place in the National League. I mean even Jay Cartwright took Woking from the Conference to the Champions League in six seasons.. how hard can it be?

Jokes aside Woking are in decent form currently having gained 10 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 games. However they have a tough end to the season with fixtures against relegation rivals York City and playoff hopefuls Dagenham and Redbridge. Both of whom they have lost to in the reverse fixtures earlier in the season.

Even if they lose these games however I believe they are in a strong position to stay up with 3 points and 4 places separating them and Braintree.


18th – Solihull Moors

51 Points (-15 Goal Difference)

After the defeat against York City I thought Solihull were done for. Without a win in 6 games and losing a record 9-0 to Tranmere Rovers must have seen the dressing room hit an all time low. The win on Monday against Macclesfield was massive for Solihull as now they have broken the streak of 6 successive defeats and eased the pressure.

I was surprised when they appointed Liam McDonald who was managing two leagues below at Hednesford Town. Also losing their main source of goals; Akwasi Asante has been tough. However from what I have seen of youngster Oladapo Afolayan, he is more than capable of supplying the goals.

A win against Eastleigh would near enough secure them National League status for the 17/18 season. However there is a slight chance that if the teams below them win on Saturday and Solihull lose then it will come down to a possible six pointer against Guiseley on the last day.


19th – Guiseley

49 Points (-17 Goal Difference)

Guiseley have matched their points tally from last year with two games to go. That sounds like improvement, however 49 points was enough to see them stay up by a point last year. This season it will no doubt take another 3 points or ideally 2 wins for the West Yorkshire side.

They have Bromley away on Saturday and more crucially play Solihull on the last day which could be a massive game for both sides should all the other teams at the bottom win on Saturday.

A few weeks ago it looked like Guiseley wouldn’t be in this situation again however a bad run of form has dragged them right into the thick of things


20th – York City

48 Points (-15 Goal Difference)

It’s arguably the biggest 2 weeks in York City’s existence as they play a vital game against Woking on Saturday which is a must win as well as the last game of the season against Forest Green.

Forest Green are at the other end of the table and will be pushing for promotion in the playoffs as they have missed out on automatic promotion. This means that Rovers will have nothing to play for which could work in City’s favour.

The York Press have reported that goalkeepers Scott Loach and Kyle Letheren may be unavailable for the Woking clash which means than 3rd choice Luke Simpson would be between the sticks at the Kingfield Stadium. Simpson has only played twice all season which could be a concern for Gary Mills.

In terms of the form table York City are 9th in the National League. York have one of the best front lines in the division at the moment and with a wage budget in the top 3 in the league you would assume that they have a team more than capable of doing a job at Woking and Forest Green.


21st – Braintree Town

48 Points (-21 Goal Difference)

Braintree have endured a massive turn around since last year, beating eventual playoff winners Grimsby in the first leg of the playoff semi-finals, and now fighting for survival. It just goes to show the effect the Crowley brothers have had as they continue their managerial success with Lincoln this season.

Goals have not been a massive issue for Braintree with striker Michael Cheek on 19 this season. However in contrast they have conceded 72 goals, the 4th most in the division. This has led to a -21 goal difference which could be their eventual demise as it is likely to go down to goal difference in my opinion.

They also have Barrow and Aldershot to play who are both looking to secure playoff spots, this coupled with the fact that Braintree have won once in their last 6 games makes me think they are a certainty to be relegated.


22nd – Torquay United

47 Points (-10 Goal Difference)

Manager Kevin Nicholson is no stranger to a relegation fight after last season’s great escape earning him the nickname ‘The Ranieri of the Riviera’. I actually interviewed Kevin Nicholson earlier in the season and he told me that relegation is a concern for anyone in the bottom half. I wonder what he would say now with two games left and sitting 22nd in the league.

Torquay have Dover next up which I think they will struggle as Dover are looking at attaining a playoff spot. This will put pressure on their last fixture against North Ferriby should they lose this weekend. It’s obvious that Torquay will need 6 points from their last two, but ultimately their fate lies with results elsewhere at the bottom of the table.

Torquay have had financial constraints this season which has obviously not helped their league position. Due to my age I only really know Torquay as a football league side so it feels strange to me seeing them near the bottom of the National League but I guess you can’t go off reputation as York City are also a club finding it hard in non league.

So who will go down?

My opinion is that Braintree and either Guiseley/Torquay will be relegated. I think Braintree just because of the poor form and the fact they are playing two playoff hopefuls in the last two fixtures.

I expect Torquay to pick up three points against North Ferriby on the last day of the season which would force Guiseley into earning at least 2 points from their last two fixtures. 1 point for Guiseley would not be enough because of Torquay’s superior goal difference.

Obviously there is a bit of bias that I think York City will stay up. However I seriously believe they deserve to stay in this league based on performances over the last few months. I think if will go down to the last game but Forest Green have nothing to play for so will give The Minstermen an advantage going into the fixture.

York City have fielded 48 players this season

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When Jackie McNamara and chairman Jason McGill set out to recruit in the summer they used the tactic of signing players with potential and players who were hungry for success at a professional level. This saw the likes of Kaine Felix and Daniel Nti sign for the club who had both been playing in the Vanarama National League North the previous season.

For me I think there needed to be a balance of potential as well as experience in a league I consider to be very competitive with big teams such as Lincoln, Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers just to name a few.

The National League is a hard league to get out of with only 2 promotion spaces up for grabs and in my opinion if York really wanted they could have signed a lot more experienced players at this level and from league 2. I believe this just because of their stature in the lower leagues as well as the fact that McGill has claimed that they are top 3 in the league in terms of wage budget.

Since the Mills takeover I thought I’d dig into the stats and see how many players have actually played for the Minstermen this season considering the many in comings and outgoings at the football club since Millsy’s appointment.

York 1617 apps

The Cheltenam revolution seems to be a hit with the manager as all three players signed from the Robins have started each of the games they have been available for.

48 players have played for York City this season and with the release of all the agent and intermediary fees for National League clubs I can tell you that York City spent £8,660 from 2nd February 2016 to the 31st January 2017. Surprisingly this is considerably lower than some teams such a Forest Green who spent £174,613 and Wrexham who paid £26,032.

I’m amazed that this figure is so low as 46 players have played this season alone, more players can be added to this figure from the end of last season. One twitter user suggested that York went through one particular agent to recruit players and that is why the fees are so low. Even if that is true then York have still done well to keep their fees to a minimum compared to their National League rivals. Aldershot in comparison have spent only £52 on agent fees.. can anyone lend Jason McGill the agents number?

Are York City better up North or down South?

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Recently I had the idea to make a map of results so far this season and I found the facts and statistics quite interesting.

York play Southport next who sound like they should be from somewhere around Bournemouth but when I did my research it turns out it’s closer to Liverpool. Good job I checked before compiling my statistics.

Lets hope that the higher win percentage against teams up north gives us the better odds of beating Southport.

Here are my findings:



York seem to do a lot better at drawing games against down south than they do against the Northerners. This is probably explained by the countless times York have let a lead slip, however a point is better than none and they seem to do well at not losing as many games against the Southerners.

Gary Mills said that earlier in the season they can beat any team in the league. On paper they now can’t beat every team in the league. However they can get points off every team. (If we write off those 6-1 and 3-1 defeats to Gateshead earlier in the season!)

There are 10 league games left of the season and it’s time for Gary Mills to put his money where his mouth is and prove that York are capable of a result against each of the teams they have left to play.

So who do they play?

In terms of Northern and Southern teams I have spit the fixtures in two:

Northern Fixtures:

  • Tues 21st March – Southport
  • Tues 28th March – Macclesfield
  • Sat 8th April – Chester
  • Mon 17th April – Wrexham

Southern Fixtures:

  • Sat 25th March – Dag & Red
  • Sat 1st April – Braintree
  • Tues 4th April – Bromley
  • Fri 14th April – Solihull Moors
  • Sat 22nd April – Woking
  • Sat 29th April – Forest Green

Not that the North/South divide has any relevance to the position they are in at the moment but I thought it was all really interesting to see. And of course as York are in a relegation battle and if they go down they will be allocated to the National League North or South.

They would almost certainly be in the North but if this season is anything to go from then they have a better win percentage record against northern teams and they have 2 wins in their last 5 games against northern teams so it seems to be for the best. However the National League North has some big teams like Stockport County as well as up and coming teams like Salford City and Darlington 1883. So it would not be an easy ride for York by any means.

York City’s Relegation Battle

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The Statistics

Recent Form


York’s recent form has seen them pick up 6 points in their last 5 games. The real problem they have had is drawing games. They have the most draws in the National League with 14. The team with the second most draws are Barrow and Eastleigh with 13 draws a piece. However both of these teams have picked up alot more wins and less defeats than City.

In the bottom 8 teams however they have lost the least games (15). Winning seems to be York’s main problem and if they can turn these draws into wins and hang onto some of the leads they have lost over the weeks against sides like Lincoln then York City will be a National League side next year.

Projected Table


This table is worked out based on the last 5 games each team has played. If every result repeats itself until the end of the season then York stay up by 1 on goal difference!

Granted, Eastleigh going down means they would have to get 2 points in their last 10 games. Which is possible with the form they are in, but realistically it’s going to take a miracle.  York need as many points as possible to put pressure on the teams in bad form.

Next Fixtures


York are only playing 2 teams in the top 8 in their final 11 games and this is a massive positive considering they are in a relegation battle. Based upon current form it would go down right to the wire with a result against Forest Green dictating York’s position in the non league pyramid.

I think all York can do is carry out the job, get the wins they should be getting and let the other teams decide their fate. With teams like Guiseley and Maidstone in good form this could prove challenging however.

Gary Mills


*Stats as of 3/3/17.

I posted on Twitter an info graphic of Mills vs McNamara which I found interesting that Jackie actually had a better win ratio this season. However McNamara only won 3 games while in charge of City whereas Mills has drawn a lot of his games since taking charge. One point is better than no points at the end of the day. Especially in a relegation battle.

*3 points would be fantastic however

I know a small section of frustrated supporters claimed they wanted Mils out a few weeks ago after other results not going our way. I’ve got to say I think Gary is definitely the man for the job. He has the passion, loves the football club, seems to have lifted the spirits of the players and has sorted out the bad eggs in the team. It’s a much better atmosphere behind closed doors.

Mills has brought in 15 new players to York City since his appointment, most of which are a crucial part of our current first team squad. Building a team when the season has already stated was always going to be a tough job.

My York City XI



*Ruled Klukowski, Lappin, Oyebanjo etc. out as they are all injured.

The players Mills has brought in have done so well and seem to all be hard workers who are up for the fight. I could pick many players as front runners for player of the season.

Oliver looks like a new player coming back this year and completes the front three with Parkin and Morgan-Smith who have all been fantastic when I have seen them at home. Parkin will still be scoring goals in 2080.

Sean Newton for me has been a massive coup, Wrexham fans seemed to be in hysterics when we signed him but he has been a massive player for us with his leadership skills, passion and that lethal left peg.

Alex Whittle is a player I have always liked, he is so consistent and I love his attacking play from full back. He reminds me of a young Dan Simmonite. Thats probaly more of an insult than a complement.. but on a serious note he has been the most consistent player this season.

FA Trophy

For me the run in the FA trophy hasn’t been surprising as I consider us one of the top teams in the division – as well as one of few professional non league teams. It is possible to get relegated and win your domestic competition however. We have seen it with Wigan in 2013 and Halifax last year and York are close to replicating this.

FA Trophy odds (Skybet):

Lincoln – 11/8

Tranmere – 7/4

Macclesfield – 4/1

York – 13/2

York may have the worst odds to win the competition outright but I believe they can beat every team still in the competition. You have to beat the best to be the best and I’m hoping a win against Lincoln in the Semi-Finals will establish the confidence the team needs to go on and win the competition.

What if we get relegated?

I can’t say for sure but the main question will be what happens to the community stadium? Will York be able to fill a 8000 capacity stadium? Is it even financially viable for the football club if York are playing in the National League North?

Harrogate Town are turning full time professional status next year which means that York will not be the only professional team in the area. I’m wondering if Harrogate based York fans will change in favour of their home town?

The National League North seems to be a hard league to get out of with big clubs like Stockport County coupled with up and coming football clubs such as FC Utd and Salford Ciy.

None of the relegated teams last year (Welling, Kidderminster, Altringham or Halifax) are finding it easy. Altringham in particular are looking in the face of back to back relegation as they currently sit bottom of the National League North.


York City sign Derwin Martina: 5 FACTS

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With Lanre Oyebanjo expected for another lengthy spell on the side lines manager Gary Mills has acted fast to snap up 22 year old right back Derwin Martina.

The player will miss tonight’s game against Lincoln as he hasn’t received international clearance. However he has agreed personal terms with York City FC.

For those looking for an insight into the new addition here are five facts:

#1 – Older brother Cuco Martina currently plays for Premier League Southampton

Martina is the youngest of two brothers; Cuco and Javier whom play for Southampton and A.V.V. Zeeburgia respectively. Let’s hope he possess a similar footballing ability to that of his Premier League sibling who also plays at right back.

#2 – He is a product of the Ajax youth academy

Born in Amsterdam he joined the world famous academy of Ajax at the age of 13 and started off as a striker before being transformed into a right back.

During this time he was compared to former Netherlands international and fellow Ajax academy graduate Michael Reiziger.


He did not make the first team at Ajax.

#3 – Was last playing in the 3rd level of Finnish football league.

Making 17 appearances for Ajax’s reserve team in the second tier of Dutch football he was subsequently transferred to league rivals RKC Waalwijk on a free. It was here that Martina received his call up to his national team – also making 16 league appearances in the process.

Due to injury problems at the start of the 2015-16 season his contract was terminated in January 2016 and has up until now been playing in the 3rd level of the Finnish football pyramid with Atlantis FC making 3 appearances.

#4 – Accused of match fixing in back in September

Along with three other teammates at Atlantis FC he was accused of match fixing and was investigated but was later found innocent. It was the club however who were found to have had bets on their fixtures by those involved in match fixing.

#5 – A current international with Curaçao


Formerly known as Netherlands Antillles

No, not the blue liqueur, but the actual country. Martina has had 3 call ups to his national
team, all being in 2014. Older brother Cuco is the most capped player and captain of the national team.

The newly formed Curaçao National Team only played their first FIFA match in 2011 and are currently ranked 73rd in the FIFA world rankings.

My Say:

On paper it might look like a good signing but I’m going to wait until I see him play. Yes he is a current international but we all remember Luke Woodland who came to Bootham Crescent just to sit on the bench.

Of course it’s vital we get some kind of replacement for Lanre Oyebanjo and I’m looking forward to Martina challenging Rooney and Heslop for the right back position. That’s if he is able to stay fit because crucially he has had injury problems in the past.

He sounds as if he is an attacking player as he’s done a reverse Gareth Bale and gone from striker to right back so let’s hope he can replicate a 2011/12 Lanre Oyebanjo.

Sutton United: A shambles.

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Thanks to the FA Cup non league Lincoln and Sutton United have slid into the hearts of football fans across the country. Lincoln are the first non league side in 103 years to reach the Quarter Finals after defying the odds and beating Premier League Burnley. They will be rewarded with an away tie at the Emirates.

Firstly I’d like to address the people who are downplaying the success of the lower league teams in the competition. I think claims that larger teams don’t care about the cup are very inaccurate at this stage in the competition. Everyone in the last round of the FA Cup are there because they want to win it.


My interview with Paul Doswell.


Now Sutton United. The club is managed
by Paul Doswell, I interviewed Paul when he came
to Bootham Crescent and can say he’s the nicest manager I’ve come in contact with. On top of this I’ve heard that he manages Sutton for free; as well as taking out a £500k loan for their synthetic pitch. Seems like a decent bloke to be honest!

Now I love a good cup run and I think it’s fantastic that non league is getting the exposure it deserves. However the way Sutton have gone about things during this time has been a massive contrast to the Lincoln story.

Firstly the announcement of ‘The Sun’ as a temporary sponsor was understandably questioned by football fans alike following their involvement in the cover up of the death of 96 football fans at Hillsborough. That alone can surely only take the shine off their successful FA Cup campaign.

The big controversy surrounded Wayne Shaw, the viral goalkeeper dubbed ‘The Roly Poly Goalie’. Approaching the Arsenal game he was given 8/1 odds to eat a pie live on TV. And that he did.

Manager Paul Doswell was less than impressed however with the manager admitting “I don’t think it shows us in the best light”.


Wayne Shaw himself took to Twitter the day after.


Now the real debate seemed to be if it was a pie or a pasty, either way I just couldn’t see how what he was doing wasn’t a PR stunt, and Sutton United were effectivley selling out. However that might just be me being cynical?

A few fans felt the same and voiced their opinions over Twitter:


Shaw has recently resigned from his position as Goalkeeper Coach following an investigation from the FA and Gambling Commission.

He has since spoken to BBC Radio 4:

“We are told we are not allowed to gamble as it is full-time professional football,” Shaw explains. “In no way did I put anyone in jeopardy of that – this is not the case here, this is just a bit of fun and me being hungry.”

Aside from opinions from myself and others I understand that football is a business at the end of the day. The potential economic factors will always outweigh the moral standpoint of those in charge of non league clubs.

Good luck to Lincoln in the Quarter Finals, do Non-League proud.

My first interview with a Football Manager.

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Some of you will have probably seen my blog post on my internship for BT Sport. One of the jobs I have to do is interview the managers after the game. This is the story of how I became a bumbling mess on my first ever interview.

So picture a 19 year old kid, just started university and his journalism career with no previous experience whatsoever. He gets shoved into an interview room with one of the legends at York City FC, Gary Mills.

Now Gary Mills is a passionate bloke, he really cares about the football club and you can tell he’s furious about his team conceding a late goal. I’m unprepared and extremely nervous, this is how the interview went down:

Oh dear. Erm.. now the mistake I made was not having questions prepared before I went into the interview. I thought I’d just be able to wing it, however the nerves got the better of me and I knew he could tell.

Secondly I was so set on what I was going to ask him next that I didn’t listen to his answer, which is why he called me out and said that he’s already told me. At this point I was so embarrassed and didn’t know how to respond.

Thankfully I’m a lot better at interviews now and that has brought a lot more confidence in my ability to deal with difficult personalities.

In a way I’m glad it happened. I was always going to have to learn and Mills couldn’t be a better interviewee for practice. In the end interview technique is a key skill in media and is hard to master but I think it’s something that should be practised over and over before you get it perfect.

What is my job?

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One of the things I’m very proud of is my internship with BT Sport. I record match highlights and conduct post match interviews with York City FC.

I will turn up on a match day normally 2 hours before kickoff, collect my complementary ticket and programme, then head to the other side of the stadium equipment in hand. York’s stadium is really old and we film from a gantry on top of one of the stands.

It is accessed by climbing through a hole in the wall and then up some dodgy ladders which is a great adventure to be honest.

Walking up to the gantry is like the stairway to heaven, it’s definitely the best view of the stadium and you can see everything – even the York Minster.

Me and my colleague will then film a half each of the game, which normally ends in a York City defeat; pretty standard this season. We will then rush back down the tunnel where we will interview both team’s managers and following this will edit and send all the footage through to BT Sport.

If you want to watch The Non League Highlights Show you can do below. York City are on at 8:30.


Granted, York City are currently bottom of the National League, however they are my hometown team and I have watched them since I was a kid. So you can imagine working for them is a dream come true.

It’s a bit surreal walking through the players tunnel and greeting the players as I tip toe past them. You hear all the behind the scenes; players arguing, managers team talks and not to mention the abysmal music taste of some players!

The people involved at the club are great and I feel so lucky and privileged to be in the position I am.

The struggles of being a student journalist.

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Whenever my lecturer gives me an assignment which includes the phrase “Must include one sourced interview” I die a little inside. It’s not that I hate doing interviews, it’s the fact no one gives me an interview.

Being a student journalist is damn hard. The reality is that it is near impossible to source original stories and interviews yourself because no one gives a sh*t. But that’s media for you.

The industry is set up so that if a person or company is not getting good PR from a story then they don’t want to know. It’s all about brand image and promotion. And as a student journalist writing an article for your lecturer, the brand exposure is just not there.

You can either go and get your 5th interview of the year with the Student’s Union or as others in my class have done; just make the whole thing up.

Student journalists are very small fish in a very big pond unfortunately.