Presenter and Producer of the Chelsea Football FanCast, David Chidgey aka ‘Stamford Chidge’ recently interviewed arguably one of Chelsea’ players of this season – Brazilian midfielder, Ramires. He shares his experience of the first Player interview for the Chelsea FanCast here.
Football FanCast have this season enjoyed an excellent partner relationship with Chelsea FC’s official betting partner 188BET. Chelsea FanCast have already benefitted from this relationship by being able to offer listeners to the ‘cult’ podcast chances to win VIP hospitality tickets to matches such as Chelsea v Swansea and Chelsea v Norwich. These competitions have been very successful and as well as being a great day out and a very civilised way to enjoy watching Chelsea, have offered listeners a chance to watch the game with the guys who are regularly on the Chelsea FanCast. In addition to this, several listeners and I were lucky enough to go to the Cobham training ground in October, watch the players train and get a few prized signatures from the players! I even got JT to sign my Chelsea shirt whilst offering a few words of encouragement.
But in early March, this relationship was to scale new heights. 188Bet announced that they were planning a Twitter Q&A with Ramires to be held at Cobham. I received an email from Football FanCast saying would I like to interview Ramires separately for the Chelsea FanCast. It took about a second for me to answer in the affirmative. Even better, Chelsea TV agreed to film the interview so that Chelsea FanCast could use the footage on their new YouTube Channel
Me and the Chelsea FanCast crew got work on the questions for Ramires and of course courted opinion from the thousands of Chelsea FanCast listeners. In the end we whittled them down to the following:
1. On the latest Chelsea FanCast we all agreed that right now you are the first player on the team sheet – how do you feel about that, you must be happy with your form this season?
2. For a player who is quite small you seem to relish the physical demands of the Premier League – do you enjoy the physicality of the game in England because you play with no fear?
3. Chelsea supporters love to see you run, dribble with the ball and take players on – would you like to get more chances to attack or do you prefer your defensive duties?
4. The Chelsea FanCast and the club voted your goal against Man City last season as our goal of the season – what do you remember about – a proper Brazilian goal wasn’t it!
5. Is it good to have another Brazillian team mate – David Luiz – at Chelsea with you – he’s quite a character isn’t he?
6. Do you think signing more Brazilians will help Chelsea achieve the technical style of play we are looking for?
7. Do you think Chelsea can win a trophy or two this season?
8. What’s your favourite thing about playing for Chelsea and what do you think of the fans and the support at the Bridge?
9. Any special message for the listeners of the Chelsea Football FanCast?
Ramires is a hell of a talent on the pitch and the fans have taken him to heart in his short career with the club so far. There are few things we like more at the Bridge than a player bustling with energy, who is not afraid of making a challenge and who gives 100% every game. Ramires is such a player. What is particularly nice about doing an interview with a player is that you get to see what they are like off the pitch. Ramires is a lovely bloke, and what struck me most about a player who has a big future ahead of him both at Chelsea and Brazil, is how humble he was and also how grateful he is for the support he gets from the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge and around the world. Something we should all remember when we fancy giving an underperforming player a hard time. They need us as much as we need them!!