Journalism student meets England boss

Ryan Plant meets Gareth Southgate ANL-160811-110033001
Ryan Plant meets Gareth Southgate ANL-160811-110033001

An aspiring football journalist from Spalding was thrilled last week when he met interim England manager Gareth Southgate.

Former Spalding Grammar School student Ryan Plant (18) met Southgate during a guest lecture at the University of Derby.

The former Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesborough player was speaking to the only football journalism course in the country.

Ryan, of Belvedere Close, told the Guardian: “Gareth was extremely down to earth and very friendly. He answered everybody’s questions thoroughly and in an 
interesting way, using his own experiences as both a player and a club and international manager.”

Ryan’s course involves regularly travelling to matches all around the country. He often interviews players and managers, and has the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in and around English football.

Speaking about some of his achievements since starting at university in September, he said: “The best opportunity for me, as a Wolves fan, was to sit in the press box at Molineux for the game against Norwich in October.

“The chance to meet former manager Walter Zenga, and speak to star players, was an honour.”

He includes Leicester vs Chelsea, England Women’s thrashing of Estonia and England Under 21s’ 5-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina as the most exciting games he has been to this season.