Programme

During Fleetwood Town’s first Football League campaign, I was a regular contributor to the matchday programme, ‘Talk of the Town.’ After compiling research on a variety of matchday programmes in the summer and suggesting a number of ways to improve Fleetwood’s own programme, I introduced two new articles.

‘The Big Interview’

‘The Big Interview’ became the centrepiece of the programme and was introduced as I noticed Fleetwood didn’t run regular interviews with members of the squad like most other matchday programmes. I took the initiative to attend training sessions and interview players to write up each one into an article or, if I could not attend a training session (such as over the Christmas period when I was away from university), I transcribed an interview conducted on my behalf. I did not contribute to the final few programmes of the season due to a large amount of university work. Below you can read all of the ‘Big Interview’ articles I wrote.

Big Interview with Ryan Crowther, published for 16/02

Big Interview with Jon Parkin, published for 02/02

Big Interview with Rob Atkinson, published for 26/01

The Big Interview with Conor McLaughlin, published for 29/12

The Big Interview with Graham Alexander, published for 26/12

The Big Interview with Steve McNulty, published for 08/12

The Big Interview with Alex Titchiner, published for 01/12

The Big Interview with Shaun Beeley, published for 20/11

The Big Interview with Junior Brown, published for 17/11

The Big Interview with Dean Howell, published for 06/11

The Big Interview with Tom Barkhuizen, published for 03/11

The Big Interview with Jamie Milligan, published for 20/10

The Big Interview with Rob Edwards, published for 13/10

The Big Interview with Steven Gillespie, published for 29/09

The Big Interview with Jamie McGuire, published for 18/09

The Big Interview with Scott Davies, published for 15/09

The Big Interview with Barry Nicholson, published for 01/09

The Big Interview with Chris Maxwell, published for 13/08

‘On the Line’

I also introduced ‘On the Line,’ which was situated near the end of the programme. This is made up of 10 light-hearted questions posed to players for a more ‘fun’ article for fans to enjoy. After initially thinking of new questions for each participant, this naturally became more and more difficult, so halfway through the season I introduced a new questioning format whereby I ordered 115 questions into sections and numbered them accordingly, encouraging players to pick numbers from each section to ensure the questions were asked randomly. Below you can read a few samples of the ‘On the Line’ articles I conducted.

On the Line with Jamille Matt, published for 16/02

On the Line with Jamie Allen, published for 02/02

On the Line with Youl Mawene, published for 20/11

On the Line with Scott Davies, published for 01/12

On the Line with Barry Nicholson, published for 08/12

On the Line with Jamie McGuire, published for 06/12

Programme Editor

I successfully edited two matchday programmes for Fleetwood’s pre-season friendlies against Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers while communications manager Derick Thomas was away on holiday. Although they were only 16 pages long, I enjoyed the responsibility that came with being an editor and being able to have my say on what went in the programme was satisfying. Below are the back pages from both programmes which show me listed as editor. Full programmes can be sent on request.

Back page of programme vs Oldham Athletic, 27/07/12

Back page of programme vs Tranmere Rovers, 04/08/12

2011/12

My primary focus for Fleetwood during 2011/12 was match reporting and writing articles for the club’s website, but I still wrote several articles for ‘Talk of the Town.’ These included:

Interview with Alan Wright, published for 07/01 – I was lucky enough to interview one of my Villa heroes on behalf of Fleetwood for an article which was published in their historic third round FA Cup tie with Blackpool, one of the club’s biggest games in recent years. After conducting the interview over the phone, I met Alan at the game and he was happy to sign my article.

Interview with Magno Vieira, published for 12/11 – This article with former Wycombe striker Magno Vieira was my first ‘Big Interview’ and was published in Fleetwood’s first round FA Cup tie against the Chairboys.

Scout Report, published for 28/04 – This ‘Scout Report’ is one of many examples of a wide range of articles I contributed.

Article on non-league and the international break, published for 11/10 – After attending my first Fleetwood game against Forest Green, I was invited to write about my experience for the upcoming programme.

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