We’ve brought back the Player Profile series which were a popular feature during the 2016/17 season and next up is star Liversedge striker Ollie Fearon from the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division.
Handsworth, AFC Mansfield, Penistone Church, Worsbrough Bridge, Maltby Main, Frickley Athletic.
Primary school teacher
Best mate in Football
Jimmy Ghaichem – played with him for the last four or five years, we just follow each other from club to club. Great lad though!
Rudy Funk as manager at AFC Mansfield, I learnt a lot as a young lad playing for him. I played some of my best football in that team and he always knew how to get the best out of me
1-0 down away from home against Quorn away in the FA Cup for AFC Mansfield, I scored a hat trick in 6 minutes and we won the game 3-1, a memorable game personally.
Lowest Moment in Football
Probably when the season was declared null and void last season. We were in a great position to go on and win the league. Our unbeaten run has continued and Liversedge haven’t lost a game since last November in the league.
Most Memorable Match:
Last week against Newcastle Benfield for Liversedge, it felt like the perfect performance against a really good side and to win 5-2 in the Vase was brilliant. The celebrations afterwards were class with a top set of teammates
Funniest Moment in Football
The time I had to go in the goals for AFC Mansfield against Athersley. I was the most unorthodox ‘keeper ever but somehow managed to keep a clean sheet and we won the game. We finished being promoted so it turned out to be a really important three points, but it must have been hilarious to watch my technique as a goalie!
First semi-professional manager
Chris Hilton (Worsbrough Bridge)
Non League Debut
Worsbrough Bridge V Penistone in a Sheffield Senior Cup game as a 16-year-old (9th October 2012). Big learning curve, but I did score a decent goal and we won the game.
First Red Card (at semi-professional level)
One of my few games playing centre back. Took one for the team late on and brought down the last man. Saved us a point on the day so kind of worth it. I’ve had a lot of silly ones since though.
First Goal (at semi-professional level)
Away at Penistone for Worsbrough Bridge on debut. Decent strike from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.
What do you want to achieve in football in the future
Promotion and a good Vase run this season is the only thing on my mind at the moment. We have made a great start, but we know we have to work hard every week to get the points in a competitive league
Favourite Non League Ground I’ve played at (barring your own club)
I have really enjoyed playing at Tadcaster in the past. A ground with real character and a great surface.
Take a look at our previous Player Profiles HERE
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NLY Community Sport, run by James Grayson and Connor Rollinson, has always had combatting social isolation at the top of our objectives when running our Disability Football teams. When we properly return to ‘action’, our work will play an important role in reintroducing our players, who have disabilities and learning difficulties, back into society.
We have six teams, a mixture of Junior and Adult teams – Nostell MW DFC, Pontefract Pirates, Selby Disability Football Club and the South Yorkshire Superheroes (Barnsley) – across Yorkshire.
We have enjoyed great success over the past three years. Several of our players have represented Mencap GB in Geneva, including Billy Hobson from Selby and Greg Smith, whose story is quite inspiring.
Watch the video below to see highlights from our three years as an organisation. The video was produced for our players at the end of March to remind them of good memories from the last three years.