Got to know the Hallam FC supporters and the volunteers
The next installment in our occassional 'Meet Your Fellow Countrymen' series. This time we talk to stadium announcer Chris and his partner Ceri, both regular faces at Sandygate and at away games.
Name: Chris & Ceri Dixon
Age: 28 & 27
Job (outside of Sandygate): We both work for the Department for Education
Where do you live: Sheffield, S11
Where are you originally from:
Chris – Kendal
Ceri – Birmingham
Tell us about the two of you, name, age, job etc....
I’m John Wiseman 48 years old, I work as a Senior CRM Business Application Manager, which is just a flash title for a type of IT Consultant. My lad is Anthony (Ant) who is 11, he’s the one who is seen running about Sandygate in the Hallam top being here and there, fetching produce from Ann’s cabin for the video team and generally being “about”.
How did you first come to know about Hallam?
I move to Sheffield in 1995 and being nosy I went out walking a lot to learn my new local environment. I walked passed the ground quite a few times and didn’t really pick up of the sign saying “The World’s Oldest Football Ground”. It was during one walk that I read the sign and it sunk in, I was disbelieving at first so started to query it and research.
Last week, our beloved volunteer Ann Holland featured on ITV’s Calendar News “My Sporting Life” which took a look back at Ann’s six decades at Sandygate -yet more deserved recognition for the lady frequently described as “NCEL Royalty”.
We thought , then, that it might be worth revisiting a www.hallamfc.co.uk feature all about Annie back in February of last year. We hope you enjoy it.
Hallam-like every other club- places great value on the fantastic volunteers who are the life blood of our Non- League game. Up and down the League, supporters give up their time and effort in support of their local club, and usually once people get involved, they stay involved and become a valued part of the fabric of the club. The best clubs tend to create an environment in which volunteers are welcomed and appreciated, write Ian Jones and John Wiseman for www.hallamfc.co.uk
From: Lanark, Scotland
Now Living: Sheffield
Occupation: I'm retired Director/ MD after 36 years in the Steel Industry, latterly as Director or MD . I worked at most Corus/ Tata sites in the UK and was CEO at our mill in Alabama. Now I'm a School Governor, I help with vulnerable adults and with a disability football team, am a member of the Sheffield FA disciplinary panel and help out with most stuff at Swallownest and the programme here at Hallam.
Glenn Poulton continues with the next instalment of 'Getting to Know Your Fellow Countrymen' as part 11 introduces Beth Armitage.
Tell us about yourself, name, age, job
My name is Beth Armitage, I'm 16 years old and I'm a student at Newfield secondary.
How did you first come to hear about Hallam
I knew about Hallam and it's history long before I'd ever watched a match at Sandygate because of my Dad telling me about Football history and then when he and his work friend began coming to watch matches and do some work for the club I began to take an interest and started coming.
The latest in the 'Getting to know your fellow Countrymen' sees Glenn Poulton chatting with Hallam fan Frazer.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Frazer I’m 29 live with my partner and 3 children. I work as a private security officer.
How did you first come to hear about Hallam FC
I’ve known about Hallam FC for pretty much as long as I can remember as I’ve always been keen on Football but with me being from the other side of Sheffield to Sandygate. It’s a club I only really knew of and not knew about.
In this week's Getting to Know Your Countrymen Glenn Poulton chats with our U16's manager Mick Grant.
Tell us about yourself, name, age, job etc....
Hi, Im Mick Grant, 18 (with 32 years experience), I'm a key account manager with Halma Water Management. We are an engineering manufacturer and my area is everything North and West (If you
draw a line between Bristol and Hull, North and West is mine!)
I started coaching at under 8's when my eldest son Sinon started playing. I didn't think that anything could come close to playing, but I suffer from an enormous amount of pride when I watch my boys play, or our U16s really battle for a result.
Next up in the series getting to know your fellow countrymen, the wonderful Marc Broadhurst.
Tell us about yourself, name, age, job etc....
My name is Marc Broadhurst, I am 42 years old. I live in Walkley with my wife Marie and our two boys Dylan 12 and Oliver who is 7. I am a Sales Manager for a food production company
In part 12 of our series of 'Getting to Know Your Fellow Countrymen' Glenn Poulton talks with fan Mark Armitage.
52, mentally 15.
Your first visit to Sandygate Road?
Many years ago my dad brought me up to watch a game, early 1970's at a guess.
Who do you attend the games with?
My 2 daughters Ellie and Beth as well as my mother Shirley. Sometimes my wife Joanne does as well.