York City sign Derwin Martina: 5 FACTS

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.