CORRESPONDENTS

 

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James Richards – Editor D3D4Football.com, Host of the D3D4 Football Podcast

Oxford United fan since 1993 and had to endure watching their slow painful demise into non-league football.  Then had the pleasure of watching them recover and get back into League One.  Started D3D4Football through an unyielding frustration at the lack of decent coverage and discussion of and about League One & Two.

1.Team Supported: Oxford United

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Portsmouth v Oxford, Fratton Park, 1993

3.Most Memorable Match: Oxford United 3-1 York City, Wembley, 2010 Conference National Play-off final

4.Your favourite player of all time: Nigel Jemson, arrogant, lazy but at times brilliant

5.Things you like least about modern football: Goal music, as if you need reminding to be happy, ridiculous!

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Ready salted

 

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Luke Saunders, D3D4 Cheltenham Town Correspondent, D3D4 Football Podcast co-host

I am a freelance sports journalist who is currently studying at the University of Gloucestershire. I have supported Cheltenham Town for just over ten years despite being Gloucester born and bred! Footie nut who takes a keen interest in all levels but I have a soft spot for the Football League.

1.Team Supported: Cheltenham Town

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Cheltenham Town v Scunthorpe United, Whaddon Road, 2008

3.Most Memorable Match: Hereford United 1-2 Cheltenham Town, FA Cup second round replay, 2012

4.Your favourite player of all time: Keith Lowe- The Bilston Cafu

5.Things you like least about modern football: Sitting down at matches

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Salt & vinegar

 

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Darren Young, D3D4 Walsall Correspondent & Columnist

Darren is an author and consultant; working within sport to help organisations and individual clubs to improve their fans’ experience. His first novel, Child Taken, was published by Red Door in May 2017.

1.Team Supported: Walsall

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Walsall 2-0 Port Vale, Fellows Park, 1983

3.Most Memorable Match: Liverpool 2-2 Walsall, 1984 Milk Cup Semi Final

4.Your favourite player of all time: David Kelly (Walsall) & Bryan Robson (non-Walsall)

5.Things you like least about modern football: Agents influence

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Smokey bacon

 

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Tom Love, D3D4 Bradford City Correspondent & Betting Maverick

I’ve been a Bradford City fan all my life and have witnessed all the lows and highs that have come with it.  Season ticket holder at Valley Parade and try to get to as many away games as possible!  Enjoy playing football as well as cycling and running, also take a key interest in football betting.

1.Team Supported: Bradford City

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Oxford United 0-0 Bradford City, The Manor Ground, 27th Sept 1997 (I was 1 years old so don’t remember much about it).

3.Most Memorable Match: Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford City (3-4 agg), Villa Park, League Cup Semi-Final 2nd leg, It was a bitter cold evening in Birmingham and as strange as it seems a match that we lost was actually the best I’ve ever attended.  James Hanson’s bullet header from a Gary Jones corner to get League Two Bradford City to Wembley.  Carnage in the away end!!

4.Your favourite player of all time: Thierry Henry, You play him a through ball and he will score!  An unbelievable finisher, his demeanour, quick thinking, a great player to watch.

5.Things you like least about modern football: Sitting down at away matches, ruins the atmosphere!  It never used to be like that!

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Tough one, depends on the circumstance.  I’ll go for Cheese & Onion with a pale ale.  Cheers!

 

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Piers Palmer, D3D4 Colchester United Correspondent

I’ve been a Colchester fan for 13 years. I’m a third generation supporter with Granddad and Dad going since The U’s famous win over Leeds in the 5th round of the FA Cup in 1971. I’ve always had a lot to say about my club and have always written into the local radio’s match day shows airing my views! And I’ll have plenty to say here at D3D4 Football too!

1.Team Supported: Colchester United

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Colchester 2-0 Rushden and Diamonds, Layer Road, 2004

3.Most Memorable Match: Southend United 0-3 Colchester United. Good Friday 2007 and what a good Friday it was!

4.Your favourite player of all time: Jamie Cureton – best striker I’ve seen play for Colchester and I’ve booed him every time I’ve seen him without a U’s shirt on.

5.Things you like least about modern football: ITV football. As a whole. It’s just awful.

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Depends on my mood but Flamin’ Hot Monster Munch are pretty good.

 

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Ian McFarlane, D3D4 Peterborough United Correspondent

Hello all I am Peterborough United’s correspondent on this here website, my name is Ian McFarlane, this is a little about myself.

1.Team Supported: Peterborough United

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Peterborough United 1-1 Bristol Rovers, London Road, 21st November 1992.

3.Most Memorable Match: Peterborough 4-4 Southampton, London Road, Feb 5th 2011

4.Your favourite player of all time: Giuliano Grazioli… strange one I know, but during his 40 appearances he always provided entertainment aplenty, sometimes for the wrong reasons, however I was always endeared by his effort.

5.Things you like least about modern football: The (not just champions) Champions League, Corrupt FIFA, fans being priced out of the game, league 1 and 2 football only receiving coverage when the Prem and Championship have time off for the International break, scandalous. Any of the above.

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Roast Chicken, always left in the multi-pack, so you’re doing everyone a favour by finishing them off, eventually you start to like them.

 

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Richard Armstrong, D3D4 Luton Town Correspondent

I’ve been a Luton fan since the age of three.  I was born an bred in the town and lived a five minute walk from Kenilworth Road in my early days.  My other interests are Ice Hockey and I’m a very keen photographer.

1.Team Supported: Luton Town

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Luton Town v Millwall 1985, yep that one!

3.Most Memorable Match: Well there’s two – Of course Luton v Arsenal 1988 League Cup Final and Torquay away 2005, Easter Monday 4-1 win and the day I knew we’d won the League Two title.

4.Your favourite player of all time: David Preece, a real magician in that midfield

5.Things you like least about modern football: Drums and goal music

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Prawn Cocktail but they have to be Walkers

 

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Toby Foster, D3D4 Northampton Town Correspondent

I am an 18 year old student and budding sports journalist living in Northamptonshire. I’m an avid fan of football and horse racing. Other hobbies of mine include writing, playing the guitar, reading non-fiction and running.

1.Team Supported: Northampton Town

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Northampton Town VS Gillingham, Sixfields, 2011 (It was a scrappy game, finishing 1-1)

3.Most Memorable Match: Northampton 3-1 Oxford United, 2014, It was the last game of the season and the Cobblers needed to avoid defeat to prevent relegation from League Two.

4.Your favourite player of all time: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. An incredible talent, scorer of the best goal in history, wins titles wherever he goes, and has a brilliant arrogance about him with so many memorable quotes.

5.Things you like least about modern football: People supporting 2 or 3 clubs at once. Oh, and Glenn Hoddle’s England punditry.

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Cheese and onion.

 

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Nathan Ridley, D3D4 Carlisle United Correspondent

I’ve support Carlisle United for as long as I can remember and the club is absolutely in my blood. Travelling (mostly down) the country often to support the team or heading (up) to Brunton Park has always served up some unbelievable memories. Albeit a heavy mix of good times & bad times, but I wouldn’t change any of it. I’m currently in my 3rd season as a season ticket holder.

1.Team Supported: Carlisle United

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Stevenage 0-1 Carlisle United, Britannia Stadium, Conference Play-Off Final, 14/05/2005

3.Most Memorable Match: Hartlepool 2-3 Carlisle United 29/08/15. I don’t think you could wish for a better derby match. It had almost everything. It felt like it lasted hours. What a day!

4.Your favourite player of all time: Antony Sweeney. Not blessed with anything special other than desire and a hard-working attitude. Perfect for a fan to get behind from the terraces when the team aren’t performing well, we certainly weren’t most of his time.

5.Things you like least about modern football: The short-term ideology of most involved in the game. No one gives managers, players, systems (the list goes on), time to fully thrive.

6.Favourite flavour crisps: McCoy’s – Flame Grilled Steak

 

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Matt Holland, D3D4 Port Vale Correspondent

Matt Holland- 34 years old, born in Stoke. I’ve been involved in football since I was young, worked abroad coaching for MLS and back in the UK as an Academy coach and back room staff with a league club. When I’m not doing something football or work related I spend my time with my young family and in the gym. I do have own up to split loyalties as I’ve always been a massive Man Utd follower from before attending Port Vale games. I also do like being a football tourist, having headed over to games in Europe, the Euros with England last summer and this year went to the Rome derby.

1.Team Supported: Port Vale

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Port Vale Vs Middlesbrough, Vale Park, 17/9/1990

3.Most Memorable Match: Port Vale 3-1 Stoke City, November 24th, 1992

4.Your favourite player of all time: Bernie Slaven, class act

5.Things you like least about modern football: Britain- lack of atmosphere compared to the European leagues and worldwide.

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Thai sweet chili

 

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Paul Lee, D3D4 Lincoln City Correspondent

My name is Paul and I have supported Lincoln City for 45 years. Besides being an Imp fanatic, I follow all types of cricket. I have lived in Lincoln all my life and was Born 20 minutes from Sincil Bank.

1.Team Supported: Lincoln City

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Lincoln City v Newport, Sincil Bank, 1975

3.Most Memorable Match: Arsenal 5-0 Lincoln City, The Emirates, FA Cup Quarter-final, 2017

4.Your favourite player of all time: The Lincoln Team of 2017, no weaknesses in any position

5.Things you like least about modern football: Football clubs who get money from rich investors turning it in to an unfair playing field.

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Prawn cocktail

 

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Tom Walker, D3D4 Cambridge United Correspondent

20 year old Cambridge fan, watched the U’s at grounds from Macclesfield, to Mansfield to Manchester United. After nine years away in non-league, it feels good to be back involved in the conversation when it comes to D3D4.

1.Team Supported: Cambridge United

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Cambridge United 1-2 Hull City, Abbey Stadium, 07/09/02

3.Most Memorable Match: Cambridge United 0-0 Manchester United, Fa Cup Fourth Round, 23/01/15

4.Your favourite player of all time: Andy Duncan, centre back who always had time for the fans

5.Things you like least about modern football: Yellow cards for celebrating

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Marmite, controversial!

 

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Kevin Halls, D3D4 Coventry City Correspondent

I’ve been a Sky Blues supporter since the halcyon days of Jimmy Hill and what a rollercoaster ride it’s been.  From the Third Division up to the Premier League and now back down to the bottom tier.  But using a boxing analogy you take the punches, get knocked down, but get to your feet and carry on.  Once a fan always a fan, take the bad times but enjoy the good moments when they come.  I also write for Late Tackle magazine, and belong to Football Poets.

1.Team Supported: Coventry City

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Coventry City vs Kings Lynn, Highfield Road, FA Cup, 1961

3.Most Memorable Match: Coventry City 3-2 Spurs, Wembley, FA Cup Final 1987

4.Your favourite player of all time: Jimmy Greaves. Goal scoring machine.  I met him once and was so starstruck I barely spoke.

5.Things you like least about modern football: Obscene wages and the cost of players. Sitting down at games. Players diving and cheating and owners of clubs who know nothing about fans passion, but happily destroy their clubs through mismanagement and poor decisions.

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Cheese and Onion

 

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Chris Stringer, D3D4 Oldham Athletic Correspondent

I’m Oldham born and Bred and have been religiously watching Oldham for around 10 years. I’m a student at University of Liverpool studying Geology and Physical Geography and travel. That’s the glove of Connor Ripley in my picture – who holds the record for clean sheets in a season at Oldham!

1.Team Supported: Oldham Athletic

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Oldham Athletic, Prenton Park, 2003 – I was 5, Oldham scored a penalty and apparently I fell asleep…..it’s easy to do watching Oldham

3.Most Memorable Match: Oldham 3-2 Liverpool – FA Cup 27th January 2013 – Matt Smith scored 2 – we went onto draw 2-2 with Everton in the next match which is a close second!

4.Your favourite player of all time: I’m going to stick my neck out and say Sean Gregan – no nonsense centre half. 

5.Things you like least about modern football: The amount of arguing with the referee from players

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Smokey bacon (please Walkers, don’t get rid!)

 

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Ian Bradley, D3D4 Rotherham United Correspondent

Millers fan & avid groundhopper (71/92). Millers fan for 46 years with all the infrequent ups & frequent downs that go with it.

1.Team Supported: Rotherham United

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Rotherham v Wrexham 1971/72 season

3.Most Memorable Match: Rotherham United 2-1 Shrewsbury Town, Old Wembley, Autowindscreens shield final April 14th 1996  , might not sound much but I witnessed MY team win at Wembley…totally mindblowing!!

4.Your favourite player of all time: Gerry Forrest, right back but class, a Rolls Royce of a footballer

5.Things you like least about modern football: The fact that Sky TV run English football & the popular media’s perception that Football beyond the EPL (GREED LEAGUE) doesn’t exist

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Cheese & Onion

 

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Ian Evans, D3D4 Shrewsbury Town Correspondent

I am a Husband, Father & Shrewsbury Town fan. I completely love living the highs and lows with Salop. There are more lows than highs unfortunately, but that is what makes you appreciate the highs all the more when they arrive!  I blog at theshrewite.weebly.com and you can follow me on Twitter @TheShrewite

1.Team Supported: Shrewsbury Town

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Shrewsbury v Leyton Orient at Gay Meadow (RIP), 19th March 1991. We ran out 3-0 Winners and I was completely hooked….Thanks Dad.

3.Most Memorable Match: Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Everton. FA Cup Third Round, 2003. I live on the Wirral, most of my mates are either Liverpool or Everton fans, so this giant killing will go down as one of the happiest days of my life (obviously after my wedding day & the birth of my kids).

4.Your favourite player of all time: Paul Evans – a tough tackling CM who had the heart of a Lion and the engine of a Ferrari. He also hit the ball better than Beckham, I have seen him score some absolute Beauties! I have never been sadder than the day he left Salop. #STILLGUTTED

5.Things you like least about modern football: A couple of things really do my head in. All seater stadiums are a complete annoyance. Hopefully Shrewsbury are on the verge of introducing the first safe standing area in England.  My other big bug bare is Premier League fans & media thinking the only football played in England is in the top flight. Open your minds up to the lower leagues you brainwashed morons, you might start enjoying your football more!

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Pickled Onion Walkers. If these disappear off the shelves anymore than they already have, I will find Gary Linker and take him hostage until the distribution level increases…..you have been warned! 😉

 

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Sam Barrick, D3D4 Grimsby Town Correspondent

One love, Grimsby Town. Other hobbies include watching cricket and Formula 1. Spend too much time watching the news and trying to decipher politician speak. Totally useless at playing sport and spend every week counting down until 3pm Saturday

1.Team Supported: Grimsby Town

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Rochdale v Grimsby, Spotland, 2005 – match was abandoned at half time.

3.Most Memorable Match: Grimsby Town 3-1 Forest Green Rovers, Wembley, 2016 Conference National Play-off Final

4.Your favourite player of all time: Craig Disley

5.Things you like least about modern football: Don’t like these new soulless grounds or the ridiculously trigger happy owners.

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Salt & Vinegar

 

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Bradley Mell, D3D4 Scunthorpe United Correspondent

English Graduate, National Youth Theatre member, Season ticket holder. If it’s got something to do with Scunthorpe United, I’ll be on it. Find me on Twitter @BradleyMell where I’m often tweeting about the Iron, or my other passion, the greatest band of all time – Queen.

1.Team Supported: Scunthorpe United.

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Scunthorpe United 1-0 Leyton Orient, Glanford Park, 2005.

3.Most Memorable Match: Millwall 2-3 Scunthorpe United. 2009 Play Off final, my first (and only) time seeing a win at Wembley. 

4.Your favourite player of all time: Cliff Byrne

5.Things you like least about modern football: Glory supporters who are only found at a match during the Play Offs or for a draw against a big side in the cup. Half & Half scarves as well, they’re awful.

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Cheese & Onion

 

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Roger Fitton, D3D4 Morecambe FC Correspondent

Roger Fitton was born in Morecambe in 1954. He has lived and worked in London and back home in jobs as various as NHS bureaucrat; AA Recovery Truck driver and freelance writer, of which his most famous offerings were the scripts in verse for the comic character Watford Gapp; King of the Rap created and drawn by Tom Paterson for Fleetway Comics. He is a graduate of Lancaster University and has a PhD in Politics, awarded by Leeds University in 1988. He currently makes leaded lights (what most people call stained glass windows) as the Working Glass Hero and has been the long-term Morecambe correspondent for Vital football. He has had articles about the lost Breweries of North West England published by the Brewery History Society and is currently working on a study of the State Management Scheme in Carlisle (where the government nationalised all the pubs and breweries for a period of over half a century until 1973) which he expects to be published during the next few months.

1.Team Supported: Morecambe.

2.First Match Attended & the Year: About 1965 at Christie Park: I remember World Cup Willie (The England mascot for the forthcoming World Cup) nougat being for sale in the tea hut on the cinder bank which eventually became the Umbro I remember the nougat but I don’t remember who the Shrimps were playing but it was almost certainly in the Lancashire Combination.

3.Most Memorable Match: Morecambe 4 : 3 Crewe Alexandra. Coca Cola League Two. (Good) Friday 2nd April 2010. The Shrimps were facing a penalty and already three-one down and had just had a player sent off. Barry Roche saved Clayton Donaldson’s pen and the Shrimps won, ironically with Dave Artell (current Crewe Manager) scoring the winning goal. Most memorable games: Morecambe beating Dartford in the FA Trophy Final at the old Wembley in 1973 and their victory against Exeter City in the Conference Play-Off Final in 2007 at the new one: the only times I have ever been to either stadia.

4.Your favourite player of all time: Favourite Morecambe  player of all time: the late, great Charlie Lea. He should have been playing at a much higher level; he was phenomenally skillful and despite the unwelcome attention he received from a succession of agricultural non-League fullbacks, he never retaliated. As a black man playing in monotone football back in the 1960 and 70s, he was a role model for anybody both off and on the field. R.I.P. Charlie.

5.Things you like least about modern football: Too much money at the highest level. The wages Premiership footballers are paid is frankly obscene. Many of the antics of these overpaid, often wholly one-dimensional prima donnas both on and off the field make you glad to still be in touch with the roots of the beautiful game.

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Worcester Sauce 

 

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Scott MacDonald, D3D4 Wycombe Wanderers Correspondent

Wycombe Wanderers fan and there is nothing better than an away day to another League 2 ground (hopefully soon to be League 1). Enjoy drawing attention to EFL football and committed to increasing awareness of the beautiful game in Leagues One and Two!

1.Team Supported:  Wycombe Wanderers

2.First Match Attended & the Year: Wycombe vs Mansfield, Adams Park, 2014

3.Most Memorable Match: Wycombe Wanderers 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur 4, White Hart Lane, 2017 FA Cup Third Round. Lost to a 96th minute goal, but what a day!

4.Your favourite player of all time: Adebayo Akinfenwa, Current talisman, top player and is fast earning legendary status at Adams Park

5.Things you like least about modern football: The quality of refereeing and their assistants at this level. They should be full-time professionals like the players and management

6.Favourite flavour crisps: Steak McCoys