Farsley Celtic FC
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Halifax Town FC
Spennymoor Town FC
Farsley Celtic FC
I’m Isaac Baldwin, left back in my third season with Farsley Celtic. As the majority in non-league I’ve spent time at Huddersfield, Blackburn and Leeds academies as a young lad before signing for Brighouse to pursue my A levels at school.
What are your qualities as a football player?
I’d like to say 1vs1 situations attacking and defending are my biggest strengths, I’m still learning all the time but I think my game understanding is good and I want to keep getting better.
What is your best moment in your football career?
I’ve been lucky enough to be in 3 squads that have been promoted! They’re days you never forget and it’s an unbelievable feeling! I would always say team awards are better than individual ones but being selected at U16 & 18 for England Schools looks good on my CV.
Was it always your ambition to become a professional football player ?
Growing up I played loads of sports and took tennis, cricket and football very seriously! Football has always been the dream and it’s always been an ambition to make it as a pro! My view has changed slightly as I’ve got older, People need to learn it’s not all plain sailing and I love my coaching/teaching which I’m going into next year!
What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?
It’s probably all mental, you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth, there are higher highs and lower lows, and you have to keep very neutral through the season! My families support has always been amazing, I’ve got people around me who I can learn from all the time.
Before you played by Farsley Celtic FC, you have played football for Halifax Town FC, Spennymoor FC and Brighouse Town FC. How did you experience those clubs? Explain your answer.
They were all really successful spells. At Brighouse I was very young, learning about adult non-league football while doing my A levels. I was an offensive player back then and I scored a lot of goals and played lots of football! There was youth cup, U18s, Reserves leagues and first team football. Halifax as a local lad and winning promotion was fantastic! I didn’t play as much as I’d like but I learnt loads and the size of the club taught me about the different pressures and the highs that come with that! Spennymoor I won promotion again, played lots of games and I don’t have a bad word to say about that club!
Last season you were promoted with Farsley Celtic FC to the National League North. How important was the promotion for you? And why?
Promotion was the cherry on top of the cake, we came close the season before and I’d had a brilliant season and won some awards. Last year wasn’t my best year, I played 40+ games but didn’t start as much as I’d like and didn’t kick on from the momentum I’d built up! That was disappointing but the team just kept winning and winning and you can’t beat the feeling of team success! It also gave me an opportunity to test myself in the league above!
Congratulations, after the 2017-18 season, you’ve been selected into the EVO-STIK Premier Division Team of the Year 2018. How important was that for you?
It was a massive confidence booster! It proved to me that I can be a standout player at that level and the belief that I may be able to kick on up the leagues! That’s why I was a little disappointed with my season individually last year!
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My family have played a massive part. I can’t thank enough my mum/dad/stepparents for everything they’ve done, travelling, the ups and downs and the constant support from the age of 6+. I don’t really have any role models from the pro game, the only person I follow is Novak Djokovic and I suppose I’ve learnt a bit of professionalism from him in what it takes to get to the very top.
What are your personal goals this season? And why ?
I want to start as many games as possible and keep being consistent! I’ve started the first three and I want to kick on again. As a team we’re taking it a game at a time, the bookies have wrote us off, but we really believe in that dressing room and I think we’ll prove a lot of people wrong! Top half and pushing the play-offs is where I believe we can finish.