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Former Crystal Palace midfielder Rob Quinn: ‘Young players need opportunities, they need someone who believes in them’

Rob Quinn

Rewind 21 years. The 19-year-old Rob Quinn watches, dumbfounded, as Steve Claridge’s shin sends the ball past Nigel Martyn and into the goal in the final minute of extra-time in the First Division play-off Final. May 27, 1996 is a day he will never forget. On only his third start for Crystal Palace since progressing through the youth system, he ... Read More »

Troy Townsend: Why Kick It Out’s Equality Inspires programme is so important for young footballers today

Troy Townsend at Wembley

Ask anyone about racism in football and they’ll all say the same thing: “more needs to be done.” At Kick it Out, though, they are working tirelessly to promote equality in football and eradicate what is one of the long-lasting stains on the beautiful game. For the second season running, the organisation, along with the Premier League, took their work ... Read More »

OTPN INTERVIEW: Bournemouth and England U20 captain Lewis Cook on Leeds to the Premier League and beyond

Richard Amofa with Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook had just walked out of the changing room. Warm up done. Kit administered. Shinpads applied. Before him stood the imposing figure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Wayne Rooney too. Cook was about the make his Premier League debut, and there is no bigger introduction to the Premier League stage than an encounter with Manchester United. “Seeing them all in the ... Read More »

Inside the Manchester City Academy: An interview with director, Mark Allen

Manchester City academy director, Mark Allen

This is a fuller version of a piece I wrote for the Daily Telegraph back in October. You can read that piece, here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/10/29/how-manchester-city-are-revolutionising-the-entire-football-acad/  Thank you to Manchester City for providing the access, and to Mark Allen for showing me around their wonderful facilities. Jump on the Metrolink tram at Manchester Piccadilly for four stops and you’ll arrive at Manchester City’s ... Read More »

#OTPNInterview – Robbie: Arsenal Fan TV

Robbie Arsenal Fan TV

This man is usually the man asking the questions, as seen on his popular YouTube channel, Arsenal Fan TV. But don’t be fooled, Robbie is not a man to sit on the fence. He holds pertinent opinions of his own and packs a punch with them too. Obviously of an Arsenal persuasion, times have changed from when the North London ... Read More »

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