Serious is the keyword used to describe 16-year-old St Augustine Secondary captain and center back, Joshua Marshall. That one word describes how Marshall portrays himself whether it is on the field or off the field.
At first glance, you would not want to mess with the unsmiling schoolboy; but, after you get to know him, he comes across as a much more easygoing and relaxed person.
Marshall’s powerful voice, which echoes to the other end of the field while he instructs, encourages and motivates his teammates, can be intimidating; but this is his gift and tool to help him get the job done.
Marshall spared Wired868 a minute to talk one-on-one:
Photo: Presentation College’s Akiel Bridgeman (centre) is sandwiched by St Augustine’s Joshua Marshall (left) and his teammate during a SSFL encounter.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Name: Joshua Marshall
Date of Birth: 17 February 1998.
Position: Center Back and Captain
Hometown: Maloney Gardens, D’abadie
What is something most people do not know about you?
I am outspoken. I don’t show my loving and caring side and I like to portray a serious character.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy watching Premier and Spanish League football in my free time.
What do you hope to do when you finish school?
I plan to go into the army and play football as well for them.
What is the reason you started playing football?
Well I always had the interest from a very tender age and always had a passion for the game.
What would be success for you as a player?
Success for me as a player will be to represent my national team.
Who was your most important coach/coaches and why?
(St Augustine school coach) Michael Grayson, mainly because he brought out certain skills that I didn’t know I had as a player.
How is the relationship of your coach with the players?
The relationship is good. He tells us how to carry about ourselves and teaches us life stories and to think above and ahead. One example is when coach compared life to a football game by saying that if you see the opponent with the ball and you want to get the ball, you have to work hard to get it. He said that this was pertaining to life because we have to work hard to get that goal.
What makes you stand out as a player?
My voice, I tend use it to instruct and encourage my team mates on the field.
What was your best moment in football so far? And your worst?
Best moment is when my coach announced that I will be the captain of the team and my worst moment is any time we lose a match.
In some major games, how do you handle pressure?
Well basically I tend to talk to myself and motivate myself.
Who is your best player and why?
Thiago Silva, because of the style of football he plays and he has a lot of composure on the ball.
What is your favourite team and why?
Manchester United. I am very fascinated with their style of football.
One football moment you can never forget.
The time first played for the St Augustine under-14 team and the opposing team goal keeper dumped out the ball and I took it down and slapped it back into the goal from half line.
How does it feel to hear cheers of supporters?
Well it feels very good to have people supporting you and whenever I feel tired this motivates me to go on and dig deeper.
How do you guys motivate each other at half time if you are behind in the game?
Basically coach will hype us up and tell us we can do this and he pulls out a game plan and also as captain I will cheer them on and motivate them.
As a student, how do you manage study and games?
Basically I train in the afternoon and then burn midnight oil to have an equilibrium.