Student And Pools Striker In BBC Interview

Wed, 25/07/2001 - 01:00

Hartlepool Utd centre-forward and EDC student Luke James being interviewed by BBC reporter Andrew Hartley.

The BBC recently visited East Durham College to interview one of our students who is making a real name for himself following some great displays for Hartlepool United FC.

Luke James, 17, from Amble in Northumberland, plays centre-forward for the Pools and attends East Durham College, in Peterlee, two days a week on the first year of his Sports Diploma.

Andrew Hartley, a BBC reporter for the weekly football magazine show Late Kick Off, called into the College to interview Luke for Monday’s show.

Luke has been with the League 1 club since he was 13 after he was spotted by a scout whilst playing for Cramlington Juniors in a North Tyneside tournament.

Luke broke into the Pools first team back in December when he made his debut as a sub against Colchester United.

He then scored his first goal in the 2-0 win over Rochdale with a spectacular volley from 25-yards out to seal the victory. He then followed this up by banging in a brace for the npower League 1 outfit in the 4 -0 win over Carlisle.

Hartlepool first-team coach Neale Cooper has praised the attitude of the teenager.

Cooper previously told BBC Tees: “He is a cracking lad, he listens, is easy to talk to and fits in well with the older players.

“He got another deserved man of the match and with his attributes he's got the chance to go far.

“He's 17 and looks 14, and his man of the match award was a bag of sweets and a pint of milk,” Cooper added.

Luke will be featured in the Late Kick Off show on Monday 23rd April, 11.30pm.