Interview Charlie Wakefield

CHARLIE WAKEFIELD

Personal Details

Club:
Chesterfield FC
Full Name:
Charlie George Wakefield
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
23-05-2000
Place of birth:
Derby
Position:
Midfielder
Shirt number:
22

Career

2016-
Chesterfield FC
2018 (on loan)
Sheffield FC

Interview

So Charlie – tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m Charlie Wakefield, 20 years of age and played for Chesterfield for just about 10 years, coming all the way through the academy, youth team and then into the first team. I can play several positions; Left back, left wing back and also anywhere across midfield, my preferred position is as a number 10 behind the 2 strikers.

Charlie, how did you get into the youth of Chesterfield FC ? And who helped you the most?

I got into the academy by just having trials at the time I think I was U11 and then worked all the way through into the youth team. I’d say my youth team coaches at the time in my first year of my scholarship which would be Mark Smith and Dylan Kerr. However there are several managers and coaches which helped massively with my development as a footballer. Also Gary Caldwell who believed in me and gave me my debut at 16 years old in League One.

After the youth of Chesterfield FC you joined the first team. Did you noticed a lot of difference between the youth and the first team ?

Yes there is a big difference between youth team and first team football, the intensity at which the game was played and also playing against stronger, faster and fitter players who have a lot more experience that players in the youth team. I was fortunate enough to play countless reserve games in my first year of the youth team which helped me massively as we played against a lot of seasoned pro’s.

You made your debut in the senior team on 17 April 2017, in a 3–1 loss to Scunthorpe United FC in the EFL League One. How important was that moment for you ?

Making my debut was a very special moment for me as that’s what you dream of. It gave me a lot of confidence going into the following season knowing I had a manager which believed in me. I was meant to make my debut in the cup at the start of that year but the change of managers at the time stopped that, so I didn’t know when it would next come so I was glad that I was able to make my debut that season.

After 2016/2017 season Chesterfield FC relegation to the EFL League Two. How did you experience that moment and did you noticed a lot of difference between the two competitions ?

I didn’t really think too much of it as I wasn’t playing at all with the first team just training, I thought that it would be good for me to be able to be around the first team the following season. I don’t think there was much difference in the 2 competitions. Unfortunately I didn’t play much in both of the two seasons but at the time I was only still a youth team player technically and was still enjoying my football with the youth team.

In 2018, you was loaned out to Sheffield FC. How did you experience these period ?

Going out on loan to Sheffield FC was good to get back playing games again as the previous season I was out for about 5 months due to injury which was frustrating. I enjoyed my time there but got cut short due to being called back to chesterfield to be involved with the first team again.

In May 2019 you was offered and accepted a new contract to play for Chesterfield FC. How important was that moment for you ?

It was important for me because at the start of that season I didn’t think that I would be offered another contract under the manager that was there at that time but another manager came in and showed a lot of interest in me, I was very happy to sign another contract under the manager (John Sheridan) as how he played football suited my playing style.

Charlie, What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?

The most important lesson in football would be to look after yourself or else no one else will, and to always keep working as hard as you can constantly to better yourself as a player. My old youth team manager told us all of the time to look after number one, which is yourself.

What is your proudest moment of your career so far?

Proudest moment in my career would be making my debut in league one when I was 16 years old.

Charlie, what are your personal goals for the next season?

I’m out of contract at Chesterfield at the end of this month, so my goals are to get a club again and back enjoying my football, I’m looking to go to a U23’s team to further improve myself or also go to a first team and play lots of games. As over the last 2 seasons I haven’t played the amount of games I would’ve liked.



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