To coin a phrase from the many new signings I’ve interviewed over the years ‘Prostate Cancer UK is a massive club and I’m buzzing to be involved’.
Having forged my career writing about new signings, I was delighted to become the latest new recruit within the organisation’s sparkling new offices in London Bridge this November.
That’s when I put pen to paper on a high-profile switch across the capital from Championship Charlton Athletic where I spent eight-and-a-half years.
Since May 2005, when I inadvertently pinched former England international Paul Konchesky’s car park spot on my first day, I reported on some glorious wins, not to mention some abject failures with the Addicks, graduating to press officer and deputy communications manager not to mention editing the club’s award-winning matchday programme, Valley Review.
In my time in SE7, where I suffered two relegations and a promotion, I dealt with managers and players aplenty, continuing a rapid personal rise from the Essex Senior League to the Premier League. I hopefully entertained supporters with my match reports and travel exploits up and down the country and even interviewed the odd Hollywood star along the way.
The game against Wigan Athletic on October 27th was my 404th and final first-team game for the club after my big break in journalism came at my local paper, the Romford Recorder. That’s where I started out after graduating from the University of Manchester in 1998.
Born and raised in Hornchurch, Essex, my hopes of making it as a player diminished during my youth football days when I was once replaced on the pitch by a young whippersnapper by the name of Frank Lampard. It’s fair our careers were defined that day at Raphael Park!
Never afraid to dip into a personal pun bank – apologies in advance – I’m sport mad, and as the son of someone who has come through prostate cancer, the chance to expand into this exciting new role was too good to turn down.