Interview Sam Hornby



Personal Details

Bradford City AFC
(L) AFC Fylde
Full Name:
Sam Hornby
Date of Birth:
Place of birth:
Sutton Colfield
Shirt number:


Burton Albion FC
2015-2016 (on loan)
Brackley Town FC
2016-2017 (on loan)
Kidderminster Harriers FC
Port Vale FC
2017-2018 (on loan)
Chester FC
Bradford City AFC
2019- (on loan)
AFC Fylde


Introduce yourself…

Sam Hornby goalkeeper for Bradford city currently on loan to AFC Fylde.

How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)

I don’t have a routine really I prepare for every game the same breakfast have a relax at home, shower then if I go to the game tend to always eat my pre match on the way to a home game as don’t like eating too early and not giving myself enough time to travel to a home game like to be there early don’t like rushing on the day of a game, away games on the coach just have a chat with the lads on my table of the coach and just stay as relaxed as possible, don’t have any rituals as such just look forward to playing a game.

Sam, you spent your youth with Hednesford Town and Redditch United. How did you experienced The youth competencies ?

Hednesford town was my youth set up and involved in first team training and also games playing in the Birmingham and Staffordshire senior cups , being around that environment was a god send at such a young age because it taught me the men’s side of football that people go on about! And seeing that at a young age made me realise that I had to be tough to be able to cope with that environment, Redditch United was my first 2 seasons playing week in week out in men’s football (southern league premier)and that was the best thing I did getting 70 odd games at a young age was brilliant for me teaching me so much week in week out really toughened me up mentally and physically one that I would advise any young goalkeeper to do go and play games in them leagues to start if there is that opportunity there and not to turn it down.

After your youth period you moved in June 2015 to Burton Albion FC. Was it a difficult step ? And did you noticed a lot of difference between the clubs ?

The step up was gradually and one that initially I don’t think I did find hard it was one that I thoroughly enjoyed, going from playing on a sloped pitch with more mud than grass on at Redditch (they won’t mind me saying that) to St. George’s park!! That was the thing that got me more gob smacked than anything because they were like a carpet and the facilities were world class something I wasn’t used to!! Obviously a better training and playing level yes but one that I didn’t think I struggled to cope with it was one that I really enjoyed getting to after being at Redditch for 2 seasons!

You spent the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons on loan at Brackley Town FC and Kidderminster Harriers FC. In both seasons, you played lots of matches. Was it difficult to leave both clubs ?

Being at those two clubs was brilliant for me and something that I really enjoyed so at the end of the Brackley season we stayed up on the last day and that was really a massive relief and something that I enjoyed because we were written off by many in the league because of how far away we were from safety when I come in so yes that was tough to leave but we succeeded in what we set out to do which was stay up and now the club are at the right end of the league and pushing for promotion, leaving Kidderminster was a tough one as well because I had been there all year and being a full time club you see the lads day in day out and you build friendships with people and the fact we lost in the play-off semi-final was a hard thing to take so leaving there after a tough season and not getting promotion was hard but something I really enjoyed being part of and it was a shame that we didn’t get over the line and go up that year!

In June 2017, you was transferred to Port Vale FC. In 2017-18 season, you played several matches in the Football League Two. How did you experience these season?

Signing for port vale was a really good opportunity for me but looking back at my first season there I was gutted I didn’t play more games for the club I wasn’t in the best shape physically and should have done more in the off season before I signed there but obviously that season playing games in the football league was my aim and I did that however it wasn’t as many as I wanted to do but did get a run in the team at the end of the season and it was really enjoyable and one that I liked especially playing for a big club like Port Vale.

You made your debut on 9 august, for Port Vale FC in the first round of the EFL Cup. How important was that moment for you ?

Making your debut for a club is a enjoyable experience especially with the game being played against Leeds United and it was a game that I enjoyed playing in despite the result playing at Elland road for my first professional game was something that I really enjoyed.

Sam, you have played football at different football clubs. In the National League North, National League and the League Two. Which competition did you liked most?

I wouldn’t say there is a competition that I have enjoyed the most because at all clubs there has been different targets and aims in that season so I have enjoyed all completions and embraced all the challenges in all the different leagues, obviously playing in the football league is really enjoyable because you go to some good grounds and play against some big clubs.

What is your best moment in your football career?

Signing my first professional contract and making my league debut for port vale against Wycombe is the best career moments I have had so far because when you grow up your dream is to be a professional footballer and then play in the league and when I got both those opportunities it was ones that I was really proud of however I want to continue doing it so I know how hard I have to keep working in order to keep improving and driving forward.

This season you are at loan to AFC Fylde. What are your personal goals this season?

Personally playing football is what I really enjoy and playing as many games possible in this loan is something that I want to do however as a team we need to make sure we stick together and get out of the relegation zone and stay in the division.



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