Jamie is currently in his 5th season playing number 2 for Shildon AFC after taking a short break away with Spennymoor Town FC and Bishop Auckland. Jamie first debuted for Shildon in 2010 and chose to come back to the club where he first found his real enjoyment for football.
“Shildon AFC is full of good lads who want to win and is a family orientated club with some great people involved”
Aged 34 and proud Dad to Jessica, aged 10 and Zach, aged 5, Jamie believes that any budding footballer should always be brave and put themselves out there; practice hard to develop their skills and their game; keep fit; and keep the mood positive because after all players are there to enjoy the game.
With over 25 years’ experience on the field he finds younger players do take the game very seriously and he reminds them in his own unique way that to enjoy themselves and their game will improve as these go hand in hand.
As captain he encourages players to take constructive criticism on board and anything else to not give it a second thought-sometimes easier said than done.
When not on the pitch he can usually be found watching his son play for Shildon U7’s Development side.
“Zach absolutely loves it! It gets him off computers and tablets, he makes new friends, learns to play in a team whilst developing his own skill sets. It also keeps him in good shape which is a big problem we see in kids these days”
It doesn’t stop there Jamie also watches daughter Jessica dance and do gymnastics and spends every spare minute enjoying family life with his wife Samantha.
His music is a little bit legendary among the lads as he chooses his victims and uses his talent as a guitarist to create personal ‘dittys’ and publish them online for all to enjoy.
It’s not unusual to see a range of goal celebrations from him on the pitch which include a trademark fist pump, forward roll and 2 pistols, an airplane or a finger wag! Keep your eye out for those.
Football management is where most players see their roles developing into but for this family man, he would be happy managing his own little team at home.
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