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Football Origins with Harry Chapman

The young winger is next in line for our new feature

3 September 2019

Harry Chapman's next in line to step up to the plate in our new 'Football Origins' feature...

We sat down with the winger to discuss his career so far, his firsts, his favourites and much more.

This piece was in the matchday programme against Middlesbrough.

First Football Memory

My first memory is just constantly asking my mum when I could play football. She went to see a team and they said I had to be five, so my mum used to say 'what do you want to be when you grow up?' and I used to say 'I want to be five', so I could play football! That was when it first all started.   
 
First Pair of Football Boots
 
They were Nike Tiempo's - that probably won't go down well, because I'm with Adidas now - and they were two different colours, one was dark blue and the other side was light grey.    
 
Team you Supported Growing Up
 
I supported Liverpool growing up. Just because of Steven Gerrard. When he left Liverpool, I wasn't really that interested in them anymore, but I used to cause riots in the house because my brother was a Manchester United fan! My other brother is a Newcastle fan, so there was a few debates and a few arguments when we were younger. 
 
Favourite Player
 
Steven Gerrard. I don't know why, because he plays nothing like me, but I just gravitated towards him. I guess it was just the way he led on the pitch and the important goals he used to score. He was a fantastic player and I just always loved watching him. 
 
Your Advice For Young Players
 
Enjoy it. Play with a smile on your face. 
 
Best Memory In Football
 
Without a doubt, winning the World Cup with the Under-20s. That was obviously a surreal moment. I was away from my family for a month. It was tough, but it was all worth it in the end, because they are memories that will last forever.  
 
First Football Shirt You Owned
 
I'd say it was probably a Newcastle strip. With my family being Newcastle fans, I think my dad just bought me one, to try and get me into Newcastle, but it didn't work out that way! 
 
First Game you Attended
 
I went to Newcastle versus Rovers. It was a really good experience. My uncle got me the tickets, I was just above the dugouts, so it was a great view. I was about five years old, so I can't remember the score. St James' Park is obviously a massive stadium, so when I walked in, I was just like 'wow'! It was surreal.  
 
Professional Debut
 
I played a couple of pre-season friendlies for Middlesbrough when I was 16 or 17 and then my pro debut was for Barnsley away at Crewe when I was 18. I came off the bench on about 70 minutes, had a few nice touches and hit the crossbar! 
 
First Junior Team
 
My junior team was called St. Francis 2000. We played in the TJFA League. The coach let me sign a year early after my mum kept asking him, so I always played a year above. 
 
Age You Were Scouted
 
I was six when I was scouted. I went to a development centre, because you had to be eight to join an Academy, as an Under-9. So I spent two years in the development centre, whilst playing for my boys club, and I really enjoyed it. I was actually a bit gutted when I had to leave St. Francis to join Middlesbrough, but look where it got me, so it was the correct decision. 
 
Best Advice Ever Received
 
From my dad - just enjoy it. If you're not enjoying it, what's the point in doing it? That's the motto I go by.

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