NFYL Trophy Final: Sunderland FoL Scholars 1-0 [AET] Albion in the Community

In May 2017 I managed a team of six people as we put together a video covering Sunderland Foundation of Light Scholars’ day as they faced Albion in the Community in the National Football Youth League Trophy at the Stadium of Light.

My main roles during the day included conducting interviews, filming the game and gathering footage from the pitch during warm-ups and post-match celebrations.

As manager of the team, I also assigned where to set up the cameras and edited the footage to produce the final 22 minute video which was turned into a DVD for the players to buy.



Sunderland Echo Piece: Three Sunderland youngsters who could catch eye against Doncaster Rovers


Sunderland’s fringe players have the chance to impress manager Simon Grayson tonight when the Under-23s take on Doncaster Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy.

While the side may contain a number of first-team players – the likes of Jack Rodwell, Brendan Galloway and even Duncan Watmore could feature – it is also an opportunity for youngsters to force their way into the picture.

Here, we look at three players who could use a low-key competition to propel their way into Grayson’s Championship plans.

Ethan Robson
Robson should have the confidence to dominate midfield tonight after making strides into Grayson’s first team this season. The Black Cats’ youth product made his senior debut in the League Cup defeat to Everton, and has been a rare bright spark amid the gloom at the Stadium of Light. The left-footed playmaker will also fancy getting amongst the goals tonight, having scored for Sunderland U23s against Chelsea and Manchester City last month.

With the Black Cats struggling for goals and creativity, what price Robson pressing his claim tonight for a place in Grayson’s Championship starting XI?

Rees Greenwood
Having drifted away from the first team recently, Greenwood will be keen to reassert his potential in the Checkatrade Trophy. The winger’s trickery and pace has made him a big hit with many regular watchers of Sunderland’s U23’s side and he was a shining light in the side that finished runners-up in Premier League 2 last season.

Last time out in this competition – at Scunthorpe – 20-year- old Greenwood showed he can also finish chances as well as create them, with a goal to get the Black Cats back into the game.

Luke Molyneux
Molyneux will no doubt go into tonight’s game full of confidence having already caught the eye of Simon Grayson this year – who handed the 19-year- old his senior debut against Everton.

Molyneux has been a key player for the Black Cats in the Premier League 2 and his creativity has proved invaluable – something the first team currently lack. The Bishop Auckland-born winger will keen to build on his league form in the Checkatrade Trophy against stronger opposition.

Sunderland Echo Piece: Sunderland fans react on Twitter to THAT Jason Steele dive and club’s goalkeeping situation

Sunderland fans have been having their say on Sunderland’s striker situation – and Jason Steele’s performance against Ipswich.

Having been dropped for Robbin Ruiter after just three Championship appearances, Steele was recalled at Ipswich on Tuesday night.

But his shaky display and effort for the fifth goal has prompted a furious reaction on Twitter – and much of it aimed at the manager who brought both Steele and Ruiter to Wearside.

Grayson tried to explain why he dropped Ruiter for Steele after the 5-2 defeat at Portman Road, but while few fans will accept that explanation, they are either split or completely at a loss over how to solve the keeper crisis.

Here’s some of the Twitter reaction:

@SAFCBear: I’m trying to think if I’ve ever seen a keeper do summit like that before and I’m struggling

@cblackbird_ :That Jason Steele dive is one of the best things I’ve seen like

@pauloleary0988: Sure Steele and Ruiter have a sweepstake going on who can look the worst.

@edSAFC_: Mika should be given a chance in goal. Steele poor. Ruiter not much better #SAFC

@Ridderz86: To mark the #Sol20 we have signed Jason Steele as a tribute to Kelvin Davis. 500k aswell. 45% of the entire transfer budget

@CllrCallaghan: I think Jason Steele should do the decent thing and just resign as a professional footballer. Quickly. #SAFC

@al_smith11: Jason Steele was an absolute abomination last night. #safc



Kevin Ball talks to the FoL Scholars ahead of their NFYL Trophy final

Former Sunderland captain Kevin Ball talks to Sunderland’s Foundation of Light Scholars at the Stadium of Light ahead of their National Football Youth League Trophy Final.

I wasn’t able to attend on the day, so I had someone else film the footage for me so I could put a video together.

This video, as well as footage taken on the day, will be part of a DVD given out to players to remember the occasion.

IPSO Video

I was asked by IPSO (International Professional Scouting Organisation) to film and edit a video covering their two-day course in Sunderland.

IPSO run two-day courses around the world for individuals wanting to become professional football scouts. This particular course was at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

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