Blyth Spartans AFC
|Date of Birth:|
|Place of birth:|
Ross County FC
|2017-2018 (on loan)|
Stirling Albion FC
|2018 (on loan)|
|2019 (on loan)|
Blyth Spartans AFC
Blyth Spartans AFC
I’m Mark Foden and I am 23 years old and play for Blyth Spartans AFC as goalkeeper.
How important is football for you?
Football is very important to me but it isn’t the be all and end all.
Who are the most important people within football environment? And why?
I wouldn’t say that one is more important than the other, but they’re are definitely people who I personally benefit from more than others. I tend to have a good bond with the goalkeeping coaches that I have worked with in the past. We spend a lot of time together during training and know the technical and tactical specifics to goalkeeping. I have also benefited a lot from a sports chaplain. They have helped with both on and off the pitch issues. I stand by, that they are the only people at the football club that don’t judge you which is needed in the football environment at times.
How do you prepare for an (important) match? (music, rituals, etc.)
I tend to be more relaxed before games and don’t have a rituals as such because you never know what can happen and you have to adapt to things that aren’t in your control. I have a routine out of habit but I don’t worry too much if it doesn’t all go to plan as these things happen.
In 2014 you moved from the English football club Hartlepool United FC to the Scottish football club St. Mirren FC. Why did you chose to play football in Scotland at that young age?
It was more of just a coincidence to go to Scotland (where I am from). I had just been released by Hartlepool. St Mirren have a great youth set up as shown with the players that have came through the ranks and it was brilliant to work within that environment every day with the type of players they were developing. The year I had there helped me massively as both a goalkeeper and a person.
In Scotland you have played football for 4 years at different football clubs. How have you experienced that time in Scotland?
Being at different clubs in Scotland was good for my long term development. I was training full time whilst being on loan to 2 part time clubs. It was good to see how different teams played and prepared for games, being amongst different groups and meeting new players/managers. I enjoyed being there but made me realise how the “real” football world is.
After the Scottish football club Ross County FC, you made a transfer to the English football club Gateshead FC. How was the transition for you? And did you noticed a lot of difference in football between England and Scotland ? So yes, why ?
The transition was like when I moved to St Mirren, I wanted to move back to Newcastle where my life outside of football was. The opportunity at Gateshead came up, I was so eager to move back and it fitted perfectly as Gateshead were looking for young players at the time. I didn’t really notice a lot of difference to be honest, our team was much younger than any team I had been part of and everyone got on very well with each other. This was evident on the pitch and in training, it was a great group!
You played football at several clubs in Scotland and England and you have played football in several competitions. Which competition did you liked the most? And why?
I’ve not played a lot of games, I’ve not had the luxury of picking and choosing which competitions I enjoy most as I see it as a game and I always want to win regardless of what competition it is in.
Who is your biggest inspiration? And why?
I don’t really have any inspirations in terms of football. I just like to focus on myself.
What are your personal goals this season? And why?
This season I want to play as many games as possible and help the team as much as I can and see what we can do as a team this year.