Siobhan Wilson: The Málaga defender dreaming of an England call-up

Back in May, Siobhan Wilson and her Málaga teammates achieved promotion to the top flight of women's football in Spain where they would take on giants such as Barcelona and Atlético Madrid. In the crowd was one very proud father whose tough love and advice has helped the 24-year-old defender reach the heights she has …

Rio & Steffi Hardy: From five hour round trips to training to playing in Iceland

Twins Rio and Steffi Hardy have just finished their first season in senior football with Icelandic top flight side Grindavík. On a personal level, it was a season of success for the pair who have come a long way from their Workington roots over recent years. Back then it was five hour car journeys just to …

Greg Leigh: How a Manchester City database helped the defender move to the Eredivisie

Not many players can say they made their debut for their boyhood club in Abu Dhabi but that was exactly what Greg Leigh did four years ago. The left back was 19-years-old when he came on as a substitute for Gaël Clichy during a 3-0 win over Al Ain in a post-season friendly for Manchester …

Matthew Towns: The ‘keeper who played Europa League football after quitting the game

Growing up, Matthew Towns had a love hate relationship with football. Having played for Macclesfield Town youth sides as a teenager, the goalkeeper gave up the sport at the age of 21 to move to Australia and focus on cricket following a family tragedy. But then eight years later, he was playing in the Europa …

Kraig Rochester: Moving to Sweden changed my whole view on football

It took just a few training sessions in another country for Kraig Rochester's entire view on football to change. Having grown up playing in the academies of Arsenal, Reading and Leicester City, he was contracted to Dagenham & Redbridge at the time when he had his football epiphany.  "I was curious about playing abroad having …

Sean Latimer: I was told to be on a plane to American Samoa in six days!

Imagine signing for a club, playing six matches for them but never visiting their home ground. Well that's exactly what Sean Latimer did earlier this year. The 25-year-old forward was playing in New Zealand's regional leagues when he received a call to play for the champions of the Cooks Islands, Tupapa Maraerenga.  "I got a phone …

Lewis Jones: The British Virgin Islands international ready to turn pro

There cannot be many footballers who have left Litherland REMYCA, a ninth-tier club from Liverpool, to go on to become full internationals but when Lewis Jones played for the British Virgin Islands against Martinque two years ago, he achieved that feat. Of course a lot has changed from when he was a young footballer back …