Taking five with Ossett United’s ‘Captain Jack’

OUFC’s captain Jack Stockdill shares about life on and off the field. IMAGE: Jon Hunt

During lockdown, the Ossett United lads are keeping in touch and looking to improve fitness and strength through their training schedules. We have taken the opportunity to have a quick catch up with captain Jack Stockdill.

Can you tell us a bit about your road to Ossett United? Where has your football career taken you so far? From the age of 8 to 18 I was at Bradford City, my hometown club. After leaving there I was with Guiseley for my first taste of non-league football. I had spells with Brighouse then Hyde before coming to Ossett.

What’s your most memorable game? The best game to date would be getting to the 1st round of the FA Cup proper with Hyde. It turned out to be a televised game on the BBC and despite the result it was a great occasion.

And are there any games you’d rather forget? Last season as a whole was one to forget. With the squad we had, especially towards the start of the season, it was very disappointing for everyone. This season Ramsbottom sticks out, it doesn’t get much worse than that. To get beat with the last kick of the game was hard to take after playing the way we did away from home.

What do you do outside of football? I love watching any football and love my boxing. I have a Ninemonth-old daughter now so my life’s changed a lot in the last year. I’m loving life being a dad and spending time with her.

Can you remember the first game you went to? I can’t actually remember the exact game but my first memories were going to watch Bradford City the season after they were relegated from the Premiership.

And that last one (not counting Ossett United)? I don’t get to many games now with playing every week so it will have to be going to watch my mate play for Eccleshill last season.

What’s the best thing about Ossett? I’ve met some great people involved with the club and ultimately I’m enjoying my football here.

Finally, any message for the OUFC faithful during lockdown? I hope everyone’s keeping safe and looking forward to getting back to Ingfield and helping us get some more points on the board when we can return.

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