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Captain talks us through his career in detail

28 March 2020

Next up to talk us through his career so far is our team captain, Charlie Goode.

Developing a love for the game and looking up to idols…

"I grew up with two older brothers and they were both in to football, and my Dad played as well so naturally I started getting involved, too. Throughout my early years it was all I knew, and all of my family are Arsenal fans, so I quickly became one as well!

"I've been playing every since I was old enough to kick a ball about. I used to go to a lot of local soccer schools during the half-terms whilst I was at school, and they were always good fun. Then I started playing primary school football towards the top end years alongside playing for my local team, so it’s all risen from there.

"Being an Arsenal fan, growing up I was actually a striker believe it or not! So Thierry Henry was a massive inspiration to me. I started up front, moved to the right wing, then central midfield and right-back but now I'm a centre-back so over the years I've slowly moved backwards! 

"David Beckham was another big inspiration for me, but as I grew up and as my Dad would tell me I was going to be a centre-half I started looking up to the likes of John Terry. He was the best around at the time and probably one of the best I've seen during my lifetime."

Joining Watford and Fulham and bouncing back from rejection...

"I was just playing locally at the time when Watford spotted me. They'd sent a scout to watch a couple of our games and I went down there and joined. I then joined the elite squad at Fulham and we went on tours around Europe which was a really good experience and we played against some top teams and some top young players.

"I got to sixteen and funnily enough at the time I was deemed as too small. I was a right-back at the time and got turned away because of my height, and at that point I thought that was probably that in terms of becoming a professional. Looking back now it would seem strange to people that I was too small but I genuinley was at 16.

"My Dad is 6ft 4in and my brother is similiar so I knew I would always grow to that sort of size eventually. I started playing for fun at a relatively good non-league standard and slowly as the games went on I started to get noticed again, as well as develop in height and physicality."

Working my way back up through the lower leagues...

"Playing lower league men's football was massive for me. If you knew you were eventually going to become a professional footballer then the best route to take it by gaining experience in the lower leagues first, in my opinion. I've played men's football since I was sixteen so you get used to the physicality over the years and it's made me who I am today.

"You see a lot of under 23 teams and their style of play is completely different, it's a lot more technical and more passing, whereas if you're playing non-league as a teenager you're getting smashed around a lot more and it gets you ready for the challenges that come up in League Two.

"As I played in the lower leagues my confidence started to come back and there were a few clubs tracking my progress, which made me start to believe a career in the game was possible again."

Getting a move to the Football League...

"The season I was signed by Scunthorpe United, I actually started that year playing alongside my brother. After three games with him I moved on to Hendon, they were playing at a higher level and were chasing promotion at the time. The manager put a lot of faith in me at a young age, then from January/February for the first time in my career my phone started ringing and it was interest from other clubs.

"I didn't really know how to deal with it at the time, agents were calling me and people were offering me this and that but I didn't really feel as though it was the right time. I was working for the family business as well at the time and I didn't want to sacrifice that unless I had a concrete offer on the table, and that's when Scunthorpe came in.

"I felt it was the right move at the time and I went on to have four years with Scunthorpe. I have a lot of good memories and there are a lot of good people there but it was also frustrating in the sense I never really got to show what I could do on a consistent basis. It would've been good to have a full season where I could show what I could do but that's football."

Joining Northampton Town and not looking back...

"I then joined Northampton on loan and thankfully I managed to hit the ground running and had the chance to play a lot of football. We weren't really challenging for anything at the time in the league but I really enjoyed my time and was keen to re-join permanently in the summer, so I was delighted to get that done. It was my first choice and I'm very happy I did that.

"It's probably the first time in my career where I've had a fan base that have really been behind me. Don't get me wrong, Scunthorpe fans did at times but you might make mistakes and it's hard sometimes. But I'm a strong person and since I've come to Northampton the supporters have really taken to me and I'd like to think I'm repaying them at the moment.

"I think the turning point was when I broke my nose and wanted to carry on playing wearing a protective mask. From that point the fans could see I was a committed player and thankfully they've grown to like me."

Becoming Northampton captain and being honoured to do so...

"When I spoke to the manager in the summer about coming back he mentioned the captaincy, and it was an opportunity that meant a lot to me. Looking back at where I was a few years ago compared to having the chance to become Northampton captain at my age, I thought it was the perfect opportunity.

"I've always felt as though I could be a leader, it was just a matter of time. The manager has a shown a lot of faith in me and again I'd like to think I'm repaying his trust in me with some of our performances. We've still got nine games to go when we get the chance to get back playing so hopefully we can make it a season to remember for everyone involved.

"At the start, I had a habit of scoring goals in games which we didn't go on to win! In terms of better memories, I always remember Stevenage away last year when 'Willo' (Andy Williams) went through in the last minute to score the winning goal. In terms of this season, we've had a lot of good games at home, such as the wins against Plymouth and Crewe.

"It's also important to win the games where you're maybe not playing so well, and they're the types of results you need to grind out if you want to be successful in the league, and thankfully we've managed to do that on a few occassions as well as put in some really strong performances both home and away, so we're confident we can have a good end to the season."

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