From YouTube To League Two: Scott Pollock Makes Northampton Town Bench
Not every footballer has the typical route into the game and Scott Pollock is the latest example.
The young midfielder used to play for Hashtag United, the football team set up by popular YouTuber Spencer Owen - or 'Spencer FC' as he is better known as on the online world.
Starting out as a team of friends from school and university before it became a collection of some of the biggest YouTube personalities, Hashtag have been playing eleven-a-side games all over the place for a while now, with matches filmed by a production crew, before being uploaded for their 410,000 YouTuber subscribers to watch.
With their popularity soaring to incredible levels, for the start of this season the e-sports club made the big decision to join Non-League and start their next chapter in the tenth tier of English football.
The team are currently sky high at the top of the Eastern Senior League South table and play their home games at the 2,500-capacity Coles Park Stadium in Tottenham.
And in former player Pollock, they've already got their biggest success story to date. Looking to further his career, he attended the Northampton Town football and education programme before absolutely smashing it in the club's under 18 side, bagging 10 goals in nine games.
Yesterday, a couple of weeks on from signing a two-year scholarship, he was rewarded for his fine form with a place on the bench for the League Two game against Mansfield.
The Cobblers lost 4-0 away from home but it still remains a proud moment for Pollock, a former Town season-ticket holder.
A place on the bench today for @scott_pollock12 - a first place in the matchday squad for a player from our @NTFC_FEP programme and a former @hashtagutd player. 10 goals for Pollock so far in the @ntfc_academy under 18s this season! pic.twitter.com/wl1Z3OxdQx
- Northampton Town (@ntfc) September 29, 2018
YouTube and reality become merged for me today as ex @hashtagutd star Scott Pollock is on the bench for @ntfc against my @mansfieldtownfc - hope he does well.... just not today!! #RememberTheName #
- Craig Priest (@craigpriest14) September 29, 2018
Quality from Sky. Look at the club Scott Pollock plays for :joy:. @hashtagutd @SpencerOwen pic.twitter.com/BjnXW3lSB4
- Adam Ward (@AdamUTGWard) September 29, 2018
"It was a proud moment for me, I've had a season ticket for a number of years and it was great to be a part of the team I once watched," he told SPORTbible.
"I have worked hard over the last year and hopefully there is more of these opportunities to come."
Pollock already has a Man of the Match performance in front of 30,000 fans at Wembley under his belt, having shone in the Soccer Aid-style Wembley Cup game against Tekkers Town, who had Steven Gerrard, David James and Emile Heskey in their side, back in October 2017.
And he says the experience of playing Hashtag was pivotal in his route into professional football.
"I think that hashtag has helped me develop as a player. It gave me an experience of men's football which has helped when training with the first team," he added.
"It has also helped my confidence as the feedback has been great from the fans and the players. Travelling around the world and playing in stadiums with big capacities gave me a taste of professional football."
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