In a TAW Special, Gareth Roberts, Mike Nevin and Simon Hughes sit down with four former Liverpool academy graduates who now ply their trade five miles north of Anfield for Crosby’s Marine AFC in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Craig Lindfield and Robbie Threllfall are two-time FA Youth Cup winners with Liverpool. Karl Clair was later a finalist while Sean Hessey began his career in the same youth set up as Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.
In a searingly honest hour long group interview, The Anfield Wrap speak to the Sean, Robbie, Karl and Craig about their experiences; where they have been and where they are going as players and manager at Marine AFC.
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I really enjoyed this one. It interesting to hear how tough it can be at lower level. My local team is a league two club and we often discuss in the pub how hard it must be for Premier league clubs to send their youth team players on loan to lower league teams for development, because most of the time they are faced with hardened professionals who don’t want a teenager (who is possibly earning thousands more than them) taking their place. I think those players find it tougher than they ever imagined.
Fantastic this. Great to here what it’s like from lads who’ve been there. Keep up the great content lads.
Great show. I was sat at my desk listening, didn’t get anything done!! Very engaging.
This was great. It’s the extra shows like this one that really make subscribing worth it.
Really enjoyed this. A humble reminder that footballers are human beings. Its a tough racket.
Fantastic show that gents. Robbie was a mate at school and i remember a load of us going to watch him score in the youth cup! Good to hear he’s doing well and same to the other lads.
Another fantastic bit of podding boys! I did find some of this heartbreaking though and their interpretation of what failure means to them was sad to hear.
A unique insight in this show, touching and quite emotionally charged at times. More like this please.
What a show?! Well done once again to all involved for a fantastic piece of work.
I have to confess my heart sank when I heard all of these boys/men say they felt like failures and that they still carry this rejection around with them years later.
If possible please let them know that most right minded people would not cast them as failures or rejects. In fact we would admire them for even trying to break into a world where the chances of success are so incredibly minuscule. They came so close and have had experiences that many of us can only dream of. They certainly have my respect.
Great show lads. Content just gets better and better. Loving the real stories. Liquid pod.