Interview – Conor Washington

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The United Mates Keitel and Joe are joined by Charlton and Northern Ireland striker Conor Washington to discuss his playing career to date. Once a non-league footballer for local club St Ives Town and a postman at the same time, Conor has since played for the likes of Newport County, Peterborough United, QPR, Sheffield United and Hearts.

Icebreaker:

Conor is the proud owner of a Big Green Egg grill; he’s also a very proud father. On that note, the United Mates are reminded of the famous Dr Seuss’ novel Green Eggs and Ham, so the group name their favorite children’s books.

On Football in Conor’s Youth:

Conor grew up playing football with his older brother and by association became an Arsenal supporter, although he now claims to have dropped his allegiances since the beginning of his own professional career. Conor excelled in football at school and began playing for local club St Ives Town whilst also working as a postman for the Royal Mail at the same time. Whilst playing in the ninth tier of English football Conor had trials with Peterborough United and Norwich City but was turned down by both. A purple patch in front of goal saw him score 52 goals in 45 games in his last season for St Ives.

A little Birdie Game:

Conor Washington is a keen golfer and someone who’s pretty familiar with birdies. But how familiar is he with football league clubs that have been named after birds? Joe and Conor compete to name the respective teams based on their ornithological nicknames:

The Canaries?
The Seagulls?
The Bluebirds?
The Owls?
The Swans?
The Magpies?
The Robins?
The Eagles?
The Peacocks?

On Conor’s Club Career:

A move to Newport County would follow on from Conor’s prolific form for St Ives and the experience would be a sobering one for Conor who enjoyed the experience at Rodney Parade but struggled to settle within the changing room and the first team lineup during his time in Wales.

Conor then joined a long list of impressive strikers to develop their game at Peterborough United, a club that had initially rejected him in his youth. With the “Posh”, Conor’s personal game went from strength to strength and soon the door would open to international football with Northern Ireland and at club level, QPR would spend big money on the English-born forward.

Now playing in the Championship, at the highest competitive level of his career so far, Conor found goals tougher to come by in his spell at Loftus Road and eventually joined Sheffield United where, whilst his appearances would be limited, he was part of Chris Wilder’s impressive “Blades” side that gained promotion to the Premier League.

Conor’s next move was up to Scotland with top flight side Heart of Midlothian. Having already played in England and Wales, as well as for Northern Ireland’s national team, Conor would now complete his footballing tour of the United Kingdom with Hearts. In Edinburgh, Conor’s availability and form were impacted by injuries and COVID.

These days, Conor has rediscovered his goal scoring touch for Charlton Athletic in League One where he looks forward to playing in front of home fans at The Valley stadium for years to come.

On a Career after Football:

Besides being a golf enthusiast, Conor Washington studies sports science at Manchester Metropolitan University in his time outside of football. He hopes to one day use the degree to become a P.E. teacher, citing them as a positive influence from his childhood.

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