Interview Marvin Ekpiteta

MARVIN EKPITETA

Personal Details

Club:
Blackpool FC
Full Name:
Marvin Ekpiteta
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
26-08-1995
Place of birth:
London
Position:
Centre Back
Shirt number:
21

Career

2014-2016
Chelmsford City FC
2015 (on loan)
Witham Town FC
2016-2017
Concord Rangers FC
2017-2018
East Thurrock United FC
2018-2020
Leyton Orient FC
2018 (on loan)
East Thurrock United FC
2020-
Blackpool FC

Interview

Hello Marvin – Introduce yourself…!

My name’s Marvin Ekpiteta and I currently play for Blackpool FC. I’ve been playing local football in north London from around 8 years old until 16 when I signed for Oxford United. I spent 3 years with Oxford United’s youth team and after I was released I dropped down and played part time. I played part time for 3.5 years until I was picked up by Leyton Orient and was back playing full time football.

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

I don’t really have any pre match rituals but I just try and remember my previous good games to make sure I’m thinking positive before my match.

You came from the youth of Oxford United FC. How did you get into the youth of Oxford ? And who helped you the most?

I went for an open trial for their U17s squad then got offered a two year scholarship after that year. The two main people who helped me the most were my U17s coach and youth team physio. My youth team coach didn’t help me at all and almost killed all my confidence.

After your youth time by Oxford United FC, you moved in 2014 to Chelmsford City FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between these clubs?

Yeah there was a massive difference because I was going into a first team environment which was very physical and now about results and not development anymore.

By Chelmsford City FC you was loaned out to Witham Town FC. How did you experience these period?

This was a very tough time in my career because I felt like I was filtering down the leagues instead of going back up so I had to sort myself out. I went back to Chelmsford after a month at Witham, started every game for the rest of the season and got offered a new contract.

After making 58 league appearances and three goals for Chelmsford, you signed for Essex rivals Concord Rangers FC in 2016. Why did you leave Chelmsford City FC ?

I left Chelmsford because a new manager came in that summer and brought his own players so I knew I wouldn’t get a lot of game time.

At the end of the 2018-2019 season, Leyton Orient gained promotion. . How did you experience these day?

It felt so surreal, it took a while to sink in because I never thought I’d be in that position in my career a couple years earlier.

On 3 August 2019 you made your debut in a 1–0 win against Cheltenham Town FC. How important was that moment for you ?

It was literally a dream come true, I could finally say I’m officially a professional football league player.

You have also played one match for the national team of England C. What was it like to join the national football team of England ?

It was a great experience, the players I played with and the staff made it an even better experience for me. Luckily for me the match against Estonia was at The Breyer Group Stadium (Leyton Orient’s ground) so all my friends and family could come and support me.

Marvin you signed a two-year contract with Blackpool FC on 8 July 2020. What are your targets for the next season ?

My targets for this season are to play as many games as I can and to finish as high as we can in the table.



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