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Goals 5aside Movember Charity Tournament

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

On Friday evening Maroon 5, my five aside football team, will be competing in the Goals Movember Charity Tournament. In the house we thought it would be a laugh to stage a mock press-conference ahead of the competition!

We paid £40 to enter with all proceeds going to charity and we also each receive a free Gillette grooming kit (as alluded to in the video!) to the value of £10.

Present at the conference was injury prone defensive linchpin Nick Hill, American import Kyle Stewart and witty Welsh player-manager Paul Carey!

Here’s what happened…


Premier League Football On My Doorstep

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

One of the great things about studying at the University of Sunderland for me is having Premier League football literally a stones throw away! As a Crewe fan this isn’t something I’ve ever had the luxury of before! You can literally see the Stadium of Light as you cross the Wearmouth Bridge to get to St Peters’ campus, where the Sports Journalism lectures and seminars are held. So on Saturday my housemates and I took advantage of this and made the short journey to watch Sunderland take on Aston Villa.

As we’re third years and rather lazy we elected to take a short taxi ride from our house just outside of the city centre to the stadium. This was as little as £5 between four of us, we could also have got the Metro to the Stadium of Light station or had we not been watching the 12:30 game between Manchester United and Arsenal on the TV… We would have had time to walk!

Once we got there Paul and Nick grabbed themselves a couple of burgers from one of the array of fast food vans outside the stadium and then we queued to get in. Again, I always enjoy visiting the Stadium of Light because being a fan of a lower league football team it’s not often I get to use an electronic turnstile! I know that’s incredibly lame but it certainly speeds up the entry process!

I was delighted to find out ahead of kick-off that former Crewe captain Ashley Westwood was starting his first game for Aston Villa. We Alex fans take great pride in watching our academy graduates go on to play at the highest level of English football and as ‘Westy’ was a big part of our play-off winning campaign last season it was really nice to see him get a chance on the big stage.


In all honesty, this particular game wasn’t edge of the seat stuff! Sunderland had a Steven Fletcher goal ruled out for offside early in the first-half and then that was about all that happened until half-time! The passion of the fans in the North East really is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before, they’re vocal from start to finish, win, lose or draw and today was no different, there were certainly some boos ringing around the ground after a less than impressive first half showing from the Black Cats.

The second half however was much better for us neutrals as Villa opened the scoring in the fifty seventh minute through Gabby Agbonlahor. Following a great cross from right-back Matt Lawton, England international Agbonlahor diverted Christian Benteke’s knock down past Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet, to send the travelling fans into raptures.

The Mackems then piled the pressure onto the visitors in the closing stages and went close with a header from Louis Saha flying narrowly over the cross-bar. But despite Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole’s best efforts the home side drew a blank although Fraizer Campbell’s header at the death went agonizingly close to providing a dramatic equalizer.

Even though our adopted local side didn’t get the result that they so badly needed we’d still had a cracking day out. Sunderland are one of the best top-flight teams for ticket prices and so it makes sense to take advantage of them when the opportunity arises! It’s not been the greatest of starts to the season from Martin O’Neill’s men but I’m sure that in time they’ll turn the corner. They have the players to be competing far higher up the league and I’m sure if the fans remain patient and stick with ‘Magic Mart’ their time will come again soon enough!



Student Profile:

  • Name: Jamie Baker
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Sports Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Crewe
  • Ambitions: To become a major sports journalist, travelling the world and reporting on all the major events.

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