My names Chelsea Weston and I currently play for Coventry United in the WSL Championship. When I was younger I was a centre forward and I used to go and watch Worcester City every week home and away. The CF at the time and my favourite player was Sam Bowen! He was a clinical goal scorer and a legend! I think when I started to train with the first team I was very young so the difference was a lot. I think I was 15 at the time and then going to train with the likes of Jo Potter and Kaz Carney was a massive step up then.
I am Toby Lees, 23, and I am a Centre Back who plays in the National League North for Alfreton Town. Growing up in a footballing family background I have always been around football and it is something which has been ever present in my life, from being a supporter as well as actually playing. Being a defender, I always watched the likes of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, who were very good footballers technically but most importantly were very traditional defenders in terms of making sure they did their job first-defend.
I’m 30 years old, I have a 3 year-old daughter and I have worked in Human Resources, alongside playing football for the last 10 years. The office job came to an end in August 2020 and so football is now my sole focus. I’m an old school left back who likes to defend. My game is based on consistency and being reliable throughout the whole season. Keeping your game simple is often the best way. There wasn’t much difference in terms of what was happening off the pitch.
Grew up in Birmingham. Son of a gardener. Always wanted to be a footballer or the next Linford Christie. By senior school I knew football was my best chance. I always loved Roy Keane. He was so serious about the same and put everything on the line to win and I loved that growing up. The biggest difference in my position was the size and strength of the strikers I was up against. I caught the back end of the era of dele Adebola, Darius Henderson’s of the championship. It was get strong and tough or forget about a career at centre back.
My name is Emmanuel Onariase, and I’m a right footed central defender. Both ball playing and no nonsense defender, adaptable to both depending on what the manager wants. Eat well in the week, sleep on time, do extras after training/ stretching & meditation. Keep my routine consistent. Massive because being tall, I didn’t have the best technical/dribbling ability so during my time it improved my technique and skill level massively. I learnt game understanding too.
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….