Charlieboy; This is your Life!

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Farroni: Welcome to the Golden League Headquarters, here in Poland. Today we have an honoured guest, who was invited here under false pretence. So without further ado, It gives me great pleasure to say to the great Charles ‘Charlieboy’ Colbourne, This is your life!

<Mr Mayhem and Charlieboy enter>

Farroni: So Mr Mayhem, I know you came down on the train with him today, did he ask any awkward questions?

Mayhem: We nearly got off on the wrong foot once, he said to me, ‘I thought you were staying over in London last night’, and immediately I said ‘well Charlie, we had a youth match last night’, he said, ‘thats right, I should have been there only I thought it would be put off due to frost’, so I managed to get away with it.

Farroni: Well thank goodness you got him here, Mr Mayhem as one of his longest serving managers, what would you say was his greatest personal achievement?

Mayhem: Well I would have to say it was something I wasn’t there to see, he made his first U20 appearance for England after being snubbed for the tournament despite being the best keeper available.

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Farroni: The story starts in the industrial town of Rochdale where you were born into a family with footballing tradition, four uncles are professional players. But at the start of your career Charlie when your selected for the school team you ran straight into a problem, you saved to many shots.

<Soundbite> I had to put a stop to it, the rule was to beat the opposing team, not to destroy their morale completely.

Farroni: Your first ever manager, the school master who was your primary school manager, Jeff Dunlop, here he is.

Dunlop: I was often the referee as well, and when they were beating the opposition to well, I would often blow for mythical fouls, handballs and offsides just to keep the score down.

Farroni: So Charlie, your team were unbeaten for three years, but when your time at school came to an end, so nearly did your football. You won a scholorship, but to a grammar school that only played rugby, however you were saved by the only transfer in your football career, arranged by your parents John and Mary Colbourne.

<Mr & Mrs C enter>

Farroni: Obviously getting that transfer proved right because your boy goes on to be a schoolboy international, and not long after you had football club scouts on your doorstep from all over the country.

Mrs C: Yes it was so bad we often had one at the front door and one at the back and we had to keep them separated. John would go into the front with one whilst I spoke to the other in the kitchen at the back of the house. We were terrified that one of them would say something and the other one would hear.

Farroni: What with four professional brothers Mary, you would have been able to help with his training.

Mrs C: Thats right, one of the scouts at the schoolboy trials said that if he could move a bit faster he would be amazing, so I took him down to the park and we ran drills getting him to react quicker on his line, of course he got his place, but it wasnt through me, he got it himself as he had the ability.

Farroni: I’m sure Charlie, you thought she was a pretty good trainer.

Charlieboy: Yes, she was, I also had my Grandad as well, going through drills with me when my mother couldn’t. He played a great part in my early days as well.

Farroni: To reach the top you worked hard, playing football whenever and wherever you could, and even against players much older than yourself. It wasn’t long before the scouts of Rochdale United were knocking on your door, and you agreed at the age of fifteen to sign a youth contract with the club, under the tutorlage of Politzia, and joined their youth academy, that would later change their name in honour of your ability and legendary status at the club. And here he is, your former manager, Politzia.

Politzia: When I first went to watch Charlie, I saw him leave the field with his arm around his mother, so I approached her and said that before he was twenty-one he would play for England U20’s, and he did. I’m just pleased that he decided to sign with us and that he managed to play for the U20’s.

Farroni: At twenty-three you met the love of your life, and your future wife, the then Miss Charlotte Rigby, it was a whirlwind romance and you married a year later.

<Charlotte enters>

Farroni: I believe that when Charlie proposed to you he took out an engagement diary, is that right?

Charlotte: Well not so much an engagement diary and more a fixture list really. I had to be fitted in between seasons and the Golden League tournament.

Farroni: Well Charlie, you continued to play a major role in the rebuilding of the United team, and a few years later you realised your dream of playing in the Golden League final against X-Team, unfortunately your on the losing side in a three-one defeat.

Charlieboy: Yes, it was a dream come true, as you pointed out the result wasn’t what I hoped for, but its the pinnacle of Hattrick football, and just the atmosphere itself inside the stadium will live long in the memory.

<Soundbite> When I saw the teamsheet, we knew he would be a big threat.

Farroni: Yes, thats right, Xuturo, the manager of X-team is here.

Xuturo manager profile GLXuturo: United were famous for their defence, but getting past their defence was only half the job, beating Charlie was a mammoth task on its own. The scoreline that night hides what a tough time we had facing Charlie, he’s certainly one of the best.

Farroni: Over the years United has become a part of many a rivalry, you particularly have an ongoing rivalry. The relationship between Rochdale and Odense has been friendly and much has been learned from both sides. The rivalry between Charlie and Odense goalkeeper Goldenboy Paolo Baggio started with two young talents at age 17 – Both with great skills and U20 dreams. Through the following seasons the rivalry got bigger and bigger with many peers voting for the two in the prestigious HTU Awards.

<Baggio enters>

Farroni: Welcome Baggio, how do you see the rivalry between you both?

Baggio: I may have won the battle regarding my U20 and NT career and also with a Hattrick Masters match on the record list, but Charlie has done a much greater thing. Being a 5 time, HTUA best goalkeeper winner -with four of them in a row – is memorable like only few things in this world. Another remarkable achievement is his loyalty and respect for Rochdale. To stay at his childhood club and representing Rochdale for close to 450 matches is a record few can match.

Farroni: Back in 2013 Langer House manager AzeemClark said that “MS Odense is the best place for goalkeepers, but the greatest of them all might be the man from Rochdale”. The recognition from Baggio to his long time rival has been heard many times and the words before a Golden League match in 2014 “He is an excellent goalkeeper” was his comment on Charlie Boy. The true respect and honour the best players can get is from the players on the same level. That is why Baggio vs Charlie Boy is still making headlines today.
The rivalry was friendly and intense from day one and when goalkeepers are trained today the teams want to get talents to the level of Charlie Boy because then they get the best they can get.

Farroni: More recently a new rivalry has started to develop in the form of Wodka’s young keeper Leszek Pudełek. I believe you met Leszek prior to him signing for Wodka’s is this correct?

Charlieboy: Thats right, It was at one of the coaching course’s that I have been running. It’s not often we get players traveling from overseas to join the course, but Leszek was one of the few. He showed great potential, and I suggested to the boss that we should try to sign him but unfortunately he chose Wodka’s.

<Leszek enters>

Farroni: Leszek, we heard from Charlie how you travelled to England to go on his training course, why was this?

Leszek: Charlie is one of my idols, as a child I used to be in awe, just watching him play, and after the match would go down to the waste ground with my friends, and try to play like him. When the chance to train under Charlie came up, I pestered my parents for weeks, trying to persuade them to let me go, eventually they agreed. It was such an honour to train with him, and learn things that have lead me to become a professional.

<Soundbite> Golden League Masters, friendly matches, ladder fixtures, or singles matches — Charlieboy doesn’t distinguish between them and he dives, stretches and flies toward any ball that approaches his goal.

Farroni: That voice, is the voice of Paquebot, who has flown all the way from Korea to be here tonight.

Paquebot: One of the endearing memories that I have of Charlieboy was from the evening before a fixture against AS Uijeongbu 07. Rochdale were practicing on one of the auxiliary pitches at the time and Charlieboy took time out of the warm-up session to jog over to another field, to offer some goalkeeping advice to a young boy who was struggling in his own match. It is also a common sight to find Charlieboy signing autographs and posing for photographs with fans well after the final whistle had blown, even after a heavily loss. That’s one of the big reasons, I think, why he is such a fan favorite — his willingness to go above and beyond the normal responsibilities of a footballer, to provide some personal connection with the fans, and to help out when he could.

It’s a shame that Rochdale haven’t been able to capture a GL Master’s title, but that should in no way serve as a poor reflection of Charlieboy’s abilities. He excels at what he does, is talented at mentoring others, and continues to demonstrate that you don’t always need your name in the headlines to make an impact on others.

Farroni: It’s no secret that your approaching the twilight years of your career, yet you continue to play with the same love and fervor of a much younger player.

Charlie: I love this game, and feel I can still offer something to the side. Im realistic though, and know I can’t go on forever, but feel I can still contribute for a couple more seasons at least. Im fast approaching 40, and once I get there, I will re-evaluate whether to continue or not but for now, I feel as fit and as strong as ever. Besides, I’ve still not won the Golden League!

Farroni: Over the years you have become the face of the side, both on and off the pitch, to the extent that the club stuck up deals with both the Co-op and the makers of Subbuteo. What was your view on these opportunities?

Charlie: I was overwelmed, it wasn’t even something I had considered. I remember when I was approached over these two opportunities by the club. It was an honour, and I was happy to do them. As a Rochdale lad as well, knowing how the Co-op was founded in Rochdale, it made it even more special to do.

Farroni: Thank you Charlie for the memories you have let us share today. It’s clear you have made a lasting impression on everyone, and we look forward to following your future, and seeing if you manage to lift the coverted Golden League trophy. All the best, and good Luck!

Farroni to Camera: Thats all we have got time for, thank you for joining us as we celebrate this Lengendary figure. Thank you, and Goodnight.


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