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iCanPlay: Josh Falkingham Q&A

Josh from Rothwell, Leeds started his footballing journey at local grassroots club Rothwell Town. His journey has led him to captain his team at Wembley as well as scoring the match-winning goal in a cup final, something he has always dreamt about

Tell us about how and why you got involved in playing football?

As soon as I could walk, I was kicking a ball, that’s what my parents tell me. 

Since then, it’s been my life and I was scouted by the Leeds United academy at the age of seven years old after starting playing at Rothwell Town.

Who have you played football for and who do you play for now?

I started playing for my local team Rothwell Town before moving to Leeds United. 

I’ve also played for Guiseley, St Johnstone, Arbroath, Dunfermline Athletic, Darlington and now Harrogate Town.

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Josh playing for Guiseley against Leeds United in a pre-season friendly

What do you enjoy about playing football?

Everything basically. 

The most enjoyable part though has to be winning trophies, which I’ve been lucky enough to do a few times. 

Who are your role models in football?

David Batty was the one while growing up. 

As a Leeds fan I tried to replicate what he did on the pitch as we’re both midfielders.

What are your greatest achievements in playing football and why?

Winning at Wembley. 

I’ve always dreamt of that moment and to score a winning goal at the national stadium, it was an indescribable feeling. 

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Josh with The FA Trophy after scoring the match winning goal at Wembley

What are your goals for the future?

To win promotion to League One and play as many games as I possibly can.

What are the biggest obstacles you have faced in playing football?


Being told I’m not good enough and then having to prove people wrong. 

Even now you get questioned and you have to be mentally strong to overcome it.

Who’s had the biggest influence on you as a footballer and why?

My mum and dad.

They’ve sacrificed so much for me and followed and supported me wherever I’ve gone.

What advice would you give to other young footballers out there who dream of playing professional football like you?

To never give in and to make sure you believe in yourself. 

If you want something so much, you will achieve it. 

The possibilities are endless. 


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