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Spotlight On Ben Alnwick

10 September 2014

It was goalkeeper Ben Alnwick's turn to face the Twitter questions this week, but we put a few more to him.

It wouldn't surprise many at London Road if Ben Alnwick opened a North East wing of the dressing room. Since the Newcastle-born shot-stopper joined the club in the summer, it appears that the club's transfer policy only incorporates those that either have a Geordie twang or have plied their trade north of Hull.

Christian Burgess joined from Middlesbrough after a successful loan stint with Hartlepool United, while Luke James is from the same neck of the woods as Alnwick. Marcus Maddison was released from Newcastle United and played his football with Gateshead - even trialist goalkeeper Aidan Grant is from the North East.

Alnwick (and to end debate you pronounce his name, Annick) has settled into life in his new surroundings like a duck to water. After several loan spells in recent seasons, finding a place he can call home has definitely been at the forefront of his mind.

'At the start of this season, I wanted to sign for a club and have a bit of security and try and play a sustained run of games. I am pleased with how things have started at Peterborough and am really enjoying my football.

'It didn't work out as I had hoped at Charlton for one reason or another with the change of ownership, but when Peterborough were interested, I was very keen to come. I have settled in quickly and I have to say this is the most tight-knit squad I have been involved in. The team spirit is fantastic.



'There is quite a few players here from the North East. I am close to everyone in the squad, but me and Luke James are talking quite a bit because of the area that we both grew up in,' the goalkeeper told theposh.com.

Of course, there should always be a fall-back plan should football not work out and former Posh midfielder Curtis Woodhouse could prove to be an unlikely inspiration. Woodhouse quit football to take up Boxing with great success and Alnwick admits that could be on the horizon in the future.

'When I was 15, I was really into boxing. My Dad was a kick-boxer and I was always doing a bit of boxing in the gym. A lot of my mates were into the sport and at 15, I was torn between football and carrying on the boxing training full-time.

'A lot of my mates box professionally and I trained with them when I was in London. It is definitely something that I would contemplate later in my career.' So who would be the dream fight if Alnwick could put two boxers in a ring? 'It would have to be Mike Tyson v Muhammed Ali. It would solve all of the arguments,' Alnwick added.

You can read Alnwick's answers to questions posed to him via Twitter in Saturday's match day magazine, which is priced at £3. He talks about his brother, who is in goal for the Newcastle United development team, how he got into the game and just how much he would pay for a Freddo chocolate bar.


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