Men’s Football – Player Profiles

20th March 2010

  • Goalkeepers
  • Defenders
  • Midfielders
  • Attackers

Trundle aka Calum Bird

Course: Medicine

Age: 20

Position: Goalkeeper

Highest level represented: University Varsity

Games this season: Sore subject

Favourite player: Lee Trundle

Favourite sports brand: Nike

Favourite team: Swansea City

Favourite film: Lock Stock and the Smoking Barrels

Last downloaded track: RudeBoy – Rihanna

Dream sporting date: Tiger Woods

Biggest team joker: Oh Bruv

Notes: Trundle’s ever-improving performances this year have not gone un-noticed and he has been rewarded with is place in the varsity squad. Having contributed throughout the club trundle has improved leaps and bounds this season.

Chris Taylor

Course: Medicine

Age: 21

Position: Centre Back

Highest level represented: Uni 1sts

Games this season: 5

Favourite player: Nemanja Vidic

Favourite sports brand: Nike

Favourite team: Blackpool FC

Favourite film: Inglorious Basterds

Last downloaded track: Warrior Dance – Prodigy

Dream sporting date: Ana Ivanovic

Biggest team joker: Youcef

Notes: Chris has been at the heart of a strong back four for the last three seasons and his experience will be vital for the squad tonight. In a season marred by injury and work commitments Chris has somehow managed to maintain the highest of standards.

Greg Hayhurst

Course: Maths with Engineering

Age: 20

Position: Right Back

Highest level represented: English Independent Schools

Games this season: Ever-present

Favourite player: Gabriel Heinze

Favourite sports brand: Mitre

Favourite team: Man United

Favourite film: Memento

Last downloaded track: Newton Faulkner

Dream sporting date: Ana Ivanovic

Biggest team joker: Youcef

Notes: Making his third varsity appearance tonight, Greggy has been ever-present in the side for his full three years at Uni. Strong in a tackle and dangerous on his rare ventures into the opponents half Greg will give the Trent left hand side a torrid time tonight.

Alex Martin (captain)

Course: Medicine

Age: 21

Position: Centre Back

Highest level represented: England Uni/Notts County Reserves

Games this season: All

Favourite player: Roy Keane

Favourite sports brand: Addidas

Favourite team: Man United

Favourite film: Con Air

Last downloaded track: Bed Rock

Dream sporting date: David Beckham

Biggest team joker: Greg Hayhurst

Notes: International Al (his own moniker) has skippered the side this season and has emerged as an inspirational figure in the dressing room. His natural physique and composure on the ball make him one of the most assured players in the league, and he has hardly lost a header all year. A full England Universities International, Alex elicits the qualities needed to play at a higher level.

Marcus Baxby

Course: Law

Age: 21

Position: Utility

Highest level represented: County

Games this season: All the main ones

Favourite player: Ronaldo/D Becks

Favourite sports brand: Nike

Favourite team: Man United

Favourite film: Gladiator

Last downloaded track: Never Be Your Man – Wiley

Dream sporting date: Vanessa Perroncel

Biggest team joker: Al Martin

Notes: Converted to a left-back for most of the season, Marcus has recently regained his place in central midfield following some strong performances in training. A cultured midfielder with an eye for a pass, Uni’s resident penalty taker will be hoping to cap off an excellent season with his second varsity cap tonight.

Jake Furman

Course: Economics

Age: 18

Position: CM/RM

Highest level represented: Semi-pro

Games this season: 6/7

Favourite player: Scholes

Favourite sports brand: Pony

Favourite team: Spurs

Favourite film: Hurricane

Last downloaded track: You got the dirty love – Florence and the Machine + Dizzee Rascal

Dream sporting date: Paula Radcliffe

Biggest team joker: Trundle

Notes: With his natural ability and cultured right-foot, it is somewhat surprising that Jake’s chance in the side came after John found out that his brother plays for Oldham. Jake is the only fresher in the side and has caught the eye with a number of exciting performances this season, including a well-taken goal away at Leeds.

Tom Lytton-Dickie

Course: English

Age: 21

Position: CM

Highest level represented: England Schoolboys

Games this season: All

Favourite player: Gerrard

Favourite sports brand: Nike

Favourite team: Tottenham

Favourite film: Casino

Last downloaded track: Wile Out

Dream sporting date: Beckham

Biggest team joker: Al Martin

Notes: Following a difficult first season with few opportunities Tom has developed into an accomplished regular this year. Strong with the ball at his feet and with an eye for a pass Tom has been a vital playmaker throughout the season. Tom’s consistency has been rewarded this season with a call up into the Midlands Universities squad.

Tom Allnutt

Course: History

Age: 21

Position: Midfield Engine Room

Highest level represented: Watford Academy

Games this season: 7

Favourite player: Darren Anderton

Favourite sports brand: Prostar

Favourite team: Spurs

Favourite film: Michael Owen Soccer Skills 98

Last downloaded track: Wham – Wake Me Up Before You Go-GO

Dream sporting date: Gabby Logan

Biggest team joker: Trundle

Notes: Making his first varsity appearance, “The Nest” comes into tonight on the back of a successful season. Tom is a classic box-to-box midfielder and will undoubtedly cause the Trent defence some problems with his clever third-man running into the box and aerial presence.

Youcef Dudjiclane

Course: Maths

Age: 19

Position: Spine of the Team

Highest level represented: Academy/County

Games this season: All

Favourite player: Kieran Passey

Favourite sports brand: Addidas

Favourite team: Arsenal

Favourite film: Remember the Titans

Last downloaded track: Classical

Biggest team joker: Trundle

Notes: In his debut season for NUFC Youcef “Bruv” Oudjidane has gone from strength-to-strength. Bringing versatility to the squad, Youcef has been a vital addition. Having put in accomplished performance in both midfield and at the back it is difficult to say where Youcef is most suited.

Sean Lawson

Course: Maths

Age: 21

Position: Striker/Winger

Highest level represented: Semi-pro

Games this season: 80%…20 games

Favourite player: Jaj-Jay Okocha

Favourite sports brand: Adidas

Favourite team: Aldershot Town

Favourite film: Bad Boys

Last downloaded track: Keeshe – Tik Tok

Dream sporting date: Katie Chapman

Biggest team joker: John

Notes: Sean’s energy and enthusiasm have been at the heart of some good team performances this season. His tenacity and enthusiasm have made Sean a welcome addition to the side and he has been unfortunate not to have been on the score-sheet more often this season.

Tom McGarrity

Course: Management Studies

Age: 22

Position: Centre Midfield

Highest level represented: Semi-pro/Uni 1sts

Games this season: A select few!

Favourite player: Marcus Tudgay

Favourite sports brand: Adidas

Favourite team: Sheff Wednesday

Favourite film: Man on Fire

Last downloaded track: Jason DeRulo

Dream sporting date: Kournikova

Biggest team joker: Al Martin

Notes: Comfortable and assured on the ball, Macca is making his second varsity appearance tonight. Tom provides good protection for the defence and his strong tackling and aerial ability have seen him slot in at centre-half when needed.

Sam Sherwood

Course: Law

Age: 21

Position: President/Old Head (Left-mid)

Highest level represented: Academy/County

Games this season: All the big ones?

Favourite player: Jurgen Klinsmann

Favourite sports brand: Diadora

Favourite team: Reading/Spurs

Favourite film: Reading/Spurs

Last downloaded track: Ice Ice Baby – Jedward feat. Vanilla Ice

Dream sporting date: Castor Semenya

Biggest team joker: Greg

Notes: Having struggled to find full game time in seasons previous Sammy has been somewhat let off the hook this year with a regular starting place. Consistently impressive performances, along with a nominee for goal of the season, have capped a fine final season for Sam. In his third and final varsity appearance Sam’s lightening pace and attacking flair will be an invaluable attacking weapon against the Trent defence tonight.

Ryan Birch

Course: Management

Age: 21

Position: Centre Midfield/Forward

Highest level represented: Notts County

Games this season: 10

Favourite player: Christiano Ronaldo

Favourite sports brand: Nike

Favourite team: Aston Villa

Favourite film: Anchorman

Last downloaded track: Jason Derulo – Riding Solo

Dream sporting date: Serena Williams

Biggest team joker: Youcef bruv

Notes: Don’t let his stature fool you, Birchy is definitely big time. Ryan’s pace, agility and eye for goal lead to a call up for Notts County ressies earlier in the season, which is testament to his talent. A Midlands Uni call-up has cemented a successful season for Ryan, and he has recently signed scholarship terms in the USA.

Kieran Passey

Course: Industrial Economics

Age: 21

Position: Striker

Highest level represented: County/Uni 1sts

Games this season: 10

Favourite player: Xabi Alonso

Favourite sports brand: Nike

Favourite team: Liverpool

Favourite film: Lord of War

Last downloaded track: Dizzee Rascal – Freaky Friday

Dream sporting date: Hannah ‘Woo’ Flint

Biggest team joker: Youcef

Notes: Undisputedly the biggest in the gym, Passey has come into the side following a few seasons with the 2s and has made the step up look easy. His strength and pace have tormented some good defences this season, and tonight will be no exception.

Lee Raji

Course: Management Studies with Spanish

Age: 23

Position: Striker

Highest level represented: Midlands Uni

Games this season: 6

Favourite player: Alan Shearer

Favourite sports brand: Nike

Favourite team: Aston Villa

Favourite film: Anchorman

Last downloaded track: Pass Out

Dream sporting date: David Beckham

Biggest team joker: Youcef bruv

Notes: The Cadbury’s Mammal has returned following a sabbatical in Madrid last year. Showed his class by making a mockery of Big Sol Campbell during pre-season and has found the net at crucial times this year.

Seb Seward

Course: Law

Age: 22

Position: Striker

Highest level represented: County

Games this season: Most

Favourite player: Wayne Rooney

Favourite sports brand: Nike

Favourite team: Aston Villa

Favourite film: The Godfather

Last downloaded track: Pass Out

Dream sporting date: Maria Sharapova

Biggest team joker: Youcef bruv

Notes: Sebby returned to the club this season following a spell in Australia last year and picked up where he left off. Second only to Sherwood in the gas stakes (to be verified), a locker full of pace and close control have been at the forefront of the side’s attacking prowess this season.

Steven Marples

Course: Civil Engineering

Age: 22

Position: Striker

Highest level represented: Semi-Pro/County

Games this season: 4 (injury!)

Favourite player: Ryan Birch

Favourite sports brand: Addidas

Favourite team: Sheff Wednesday

Favourite film: Step-brothers

Last downloaded track: Courteeners – You overdid it doll

Dream sporting date: Gabby Logan

Biggest team joker: Trundle

Notes: The Jelly Baby was a late addition to the varsity squad following a string of classy performances for the 2s. A deft touch and an instinct for goal ensure that Ste only needs a sniff to get on the score-sheet. Ste is making his first varsity appearance tonight and adds an alternative dimension to the side.