Marcus Dewhurst Interview
Sheffield United U23 and England U18 International goalkeeper Marcus Dewhurst is now starting his fourth month as first choice goalkeeper with Guiseley AFC in the Vanarama National League North. Dewhurst has made eighteen league appearances and the young keeper is gaining some valuable first team experience.
Having started his footballing life as a striker he changed to goalkeeper a few years ago with Hessle Sporting Club, he has since then gone onto represent England at U17 & U18 levels, whilst earning a full time professional contract at Sheffield United Football club.
The teenager was named in the England U17’s squad for the Algarve Tournament which took place in Portugal last February and was officially part of Steve Cooper’s twenty one man squad that competed against hosts Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands.
Dewhurst, has some vast knowledge and experience to call upon with his father being a former professional footballer with Blackburn Rover, Hull City & Exeter City. Whilst his goalkeeping coach at Bramall Lane is former Bradford City goalkeeper Matt Duke who made 366 football league appearances including a Wembley appearances in the 2012 Capital One Cup Final under manager for Phil Parkinson.
Having started the season playing in the Sheffield United U23 Development League, the Blades sent him out on loan to Lee Sinnott’s Gainsborough Trinity in November to gain some first team experience. He then joined the Lions on the 29th December 2018 for the rest of the season and made his debut that afternoon against Altrincham at Nethermoor Park, winning the MOM award on the way to becoming the clubs first team goalkeeper.
Chadwick Media this week caught up with the young shot stopper to ask some interview questions about his time at Nethermoor Park and his football career.
Biggest influence on your football career
I would have to say my dad has been the biggest influence on my career, having been a professional footballer he is always available to give me advice about the game and my performance. It’s great to use his knowledge and experience to advance my game in the hope that it will get me playing at a higher level.
What is the highlight of your football career
The biggest highlight of my career so far would have to be making my international debut for England, it was a real honour to represent my country and something that I will never forget.
Tell us about your league debut
I made my debut for the Lions against Altrincham at Nethermoor Park in December 2018 it was a Vanarama National League North fixture that finished in a draw (2-2). After the game I was awarded Man of the Match, which gave me a lot of confidence going forward and is something that I will always remember.
The toughest opponent you faced and why
Brazil are the toughest opponents I have played against in a U17’s international friendly back in March last year. We managed to get a 1-1 draw but they were a very good team with excellent ball skills, pace on the counter attack and could play as a team as well as having world-class individuals players.
Best player you played with and why
Mason Greenwood – A striker with Manchester United and England, his style means his pace is deceptive because he is really quick, he’s excellent on the ball and can play with either foot. He is rated so highly at Old Trafford that the coaches say that he will be the new Robin Van Persie.
Best Player you have played against and why
At the start of the season I played for the U23 Development team at Sheffield United and in those games you are allowed to have three players above the age limit, so most clubs will play first team players returning from injury to give them some playing time. Best player I played against Robbie Brady (Burnley & Republic of Ireland) he played for Burnley U23’s against Sheffield United. A winger with an excellent passing range, two great feet, pace to beat defenders and can cross a ball from anywhere, he is a free-kick specialist. Played 250 games for Manchester United, Hull City and Burnley and nearly 50 caps for the Republic of Ireland.
Best manager you have played for and why
I cannot really say who the best manager is that I have played for as this is my first season as a professional footballer, so I don’t really have any experience in playing under to many managers. I have learnt a lot from the academy goalkeeping coach at Sheffield United over the last few seasons, Matt Duke has been great to work with and deserves a lot of credit for developing me as goalkeeper.
Best Save you have made and why
Difficult question, I think at Guiseley the best save I’ve made was probably the save against Hereford United in the last minute of the game. It was defiantly my favourite save, it’s always good if you can produce a save that impacts on the result.
Tell us about signing your first pro contract with Sheffield United
When you are told that the club is offering you your first professional contract it is a day that you never forget, the fact that I support Sheffield United made the day even better.
What was it like to be selected and to play for England at U17 & U18 level
Being selected to play for country at any level is always a very proud moment for you and your family, but seeing your name in an England squad is just amazing whether it’s for a friendly or The Euros it’s always a great experience.
Having arrived at Guiseley in December, tell us how the move came about and how are you finding your time at Nethermoor Park
I got a call form Sheffield United to say that Guiseley where interested in me joining the club on loan for the rest of the season and to be honest I had no hesitation in signing for the club straight away. It is another chance to get some regular first team football and develop my game even further. I am really enjoying my time at Nethermoor Park and the club, management team, players and supporters have been fantastic towards me.
What are your aims for next season
The aims for next season are to continue playing well and to hold down regular place in the team either at Sheffield United or out on loan again, whilst working hard in training to keep developing my skills as a goalkeeper as much as I can.