Northern Echo sports editor Nick Loughlin has the top job on the Darlington-based paper’s sports desk – covering Hartlepool United home and away. He also plays in a unique football league – a summer, outdoor 11-a-side Friday night set-up on Teesside, starting April and finishing in September – as well as the Hartlepool Sunday Morning League (although his knees don’t allow him to play both Friday AND Sunday during the overlap). With preparation like that it’s no wonder he’s been earmarked for the job of keeping Paul Chow in check. You can follow Nick on twitter here.
Positions: Centre-half. Or centre-half. I can also play centre-half. But played left back at school once. I’ve actually got a decent goal record – but only in my own net. I’m easily the top own goal scorer in Hartlepool for my age.
Teams played for: The White House (Hartlepool), The White House over-35s.
Career highlight(s): Once won a 50-50 header against Roy Keane in a press v Sunderland staff team at the Academy of Light (but if I’d known I’m was jumping against him I probably wouldn’t have).
Was man of the match award in a press game at St James’ Park in May (thanks to Northern League stalwart Barry Hindson for the nod that night!).
Steve Cotterill (then SAFC coach) told me I had ‘good shoulders’ during a press game at the Stadium of Light … he was a huge success of course during his time there. Obviously a very very knowledgeable bloke!
Player or team you’ve modelled your game on: Peter Kay, AVE IT. That’s my speciality, lumping the ball as far and as aimlessly as possible from the back.
Nick joins fellow beat-the-deadline signings Kristan Heneage, FourFourTwo online’s man in the North East and Chris Leyland, fluent Japanese speaker and tough as teak centre half. Both will be lining up in the fans’ team.
Chris Leyland snapped signing for the Northern Leagues United fans’ side while browsing for bric-a-brac at Tynemouth Market. Chris once tackled Shola Ameobi. Unfortunately, they were teammates at the time.