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This week we caught up with Scott Willard, who had a couple of years at Hashtag United and progressed through the Academy. Scott talks about his best memory, an away day nightmare and looks back at his time at the club.
“I joined Hashtag Academy in 2017, after being out injured for around 18 months with a torn ACL. My last game for Hashtag was last season, playing for the Sunday team; before deciding to quit due to distance and work commitments.”
“There are plenty of good memories, but there are a couple that stick out to me. One is my debut for the first team during a trip up to Scotland; obviously playing for the first team was always the aim, and a weekend trip to Scotland with the team came with its own fun (minus having to sing Sweet Caroline on camera for the whole world to see).
“The other memory that I will never forget is the Wembley Cup game in 2017 – the Hashtag Academy team had just been given our kit, and decided we would wear the shirts to the game to support the first team boys. This resulted in us being absolutely mobbed by Hashtag Fans! I think at one point, me and Stampy had about 60 people waiting for photos, we couldn’t move!”
“When I first joined, Hashtag were “just a YouTube team” who played for fun with a huge fan following. Obviously now the aim is to climb up the football league, and so far the guys have smashed it – Long may it continue!”
“The main reason I decided to leave Hashtag was due to the distance, and my work commitments. I live in Maidstone in Kent, so to travel to either North London or Essex was taking a huge amount of time (anyone who’s tackled the Dartford Crossing will understand). I’m still playing football locally, but more for enjoyment rather than taking it too seriously.”
“I still talk to a few of the boys, who I knew before joining Hashtag and met while being involved and I keep up with the results of the first team and the Sunday team.”
“Never say never! Although I’m not sure I miss LP managing to capture all of my bad touches on camera.”
“There’s honestly too many to name! But we played an away game at AFC Newquay, and they arranged the accommodation for us. We all drove ourselves down to Newquay and when we arrived at the ‘hotel’ we found out the whole squad were in one room, on bunk beds…if that wasn’t bad enough the room across the hall was a stag-do and the fire alarm went off at 3am!”