I spoke to young YouTuber and avid Rotherham United supporter Charlie Hawkes to gain his insight in to being a vlogger of football games. He also offered his thoughts on how he thought the Millers’ season would transpire.
Charlie first discussed what inspired him to start making videos of his experiences at football matches: “For a start there was your channel [George Sanders] and Dylan Lee-Horton’s too that made me want to start doing videos.” He added: “I also thought Talk Norwich City was really good too!”
The 14 year-old who supports Rotherham due to family influence contended that he has had issues with regards to him vlogging Millers games in the past: “At Walsall away a couple of Millers fans started shouting abuse at me and my friend James who was also making a video, but nothing too major has happened really.”
However Charlie explained how the majority of people have supported him and his YouTube channel: “My family know about the channel and they’re quite supportive and all my mates do too. I do occasionally get a bit of stick here and there for it though!”Embed from Getty Images
I myself have also received a few snide comments from people when I used to create videos at football games, but similarly to Charlie, I also had a lot of good people supporting me too.
Though Charlie did admit that he didn’t see YouTube as a sustainable career for himself in the future, he has clear aspirations for his ever-growing channel: “I’m very close to reaching 500 subscribers and that in my eyes is a massive milestone for me, but if I could ever gain more than 1,000 that would be a dream!”
When asked about which of his videos was his favourite, he exclaimed: “I don’t have one I think!”
We then turned attention to his beloved Rotherham United. Charlie revealed that his favourite player currently was “Super” Joe Newell.
Newell is a 25 year-old midfielder who is primarily used as a winger, but can also play in the centre of midfield too. He has scored seven goals so far for the Millers this season.Embed from Getty Images
So, will Rotherham United achieve promotion to the Championship? Charlie wasn’t so confident on this matter: “I would love us to clench promotion obviously, but I also don’t want us to be embarrassed like last season if we were to go up. In terms of confidence… I’d say I’m about 60% sure we’ll go up.”
The Millers were relegated from the Championship last season after finishing rock-bottom with a measly tally of just 23 points. The club are currently fourth in League One.
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Thanks to Charlie for taking the time to talk to me and I wish him luck with his YouTube channel.
Watch my interview with Rotherham United midfielder Will Vaulks: