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About Marvin Sordell

Born February 1991 in Harrow, North West London, football was always Marvin Anthony Sordell’s passion.

At the age of five, he began playing for a local after-school football club, The Elms, and was awarded The Most Improved Player. The prize was a trip to Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium, with a chance of seeing the team train. Walking through the tunnel at Highbury, Marvin was hooked and when he went home that afternoon his mother recalls him saying, “Mum, when I grow up, I want to be a footballer!

To help fuel his passion, his mother enquired about a spot on his local youth football team. Aged six and at the Summer Sixes tournament, he was invited to make up a second team as the goalkeeper. His first time playing the stopper, he let in one goal in the entire tournament and went on to become Runner’s Up in a 1-0 score line. However, it wasn’t too long before his outfield talents as a striker began to shine through.

His first attempt as a striker came the following season with St Joseph's Youth '88 Football Club, where he scored his first hat-trick in a 4-0 score line. A season later – having played in every outfield position as well as his normal duties – Marvin was voted Manager’s Player of the Season. Two seasons later, he was his club’s top scorer.

Now a young teenager, he went on to have trials with Chelsea FC and Fulham FC; and had three seasons with the latter before suffering the disappointment of not being offered a scholarship with the club.

Marvin was now 16, without a club and in his final year of GCSE’s. He and his mother decided that the youngster could continue his pursuit of happiness, so long as he took his studies seriously – therefore found him a tutor that could work around the unpredictability of his football schedule.

Considered by some as ‘the last chance for teenage boys to fulfil their dreams of becoming a professional footballer’, the pair attended all three of the Football League’s ‘exit trials’. He went on to impress at the trials and was offered a two-year scholarship with Watford FC.

Marvin had three seasons with WFC, scoring his first competitive goal in the 2009/10 Carling Cup campaign away to Leeds United, taking the game into extra time. Watford went on to lose the game in a 2-0 score line. He was named September's Young Player of the Month for the npower Football League. During his time as a scholar, Marvin was a regular goal scorer for the Under 18 side, with one of his highlights scoring ‘the ultimate hat-trick’ in the FA Youth Cup against Ipswich Town. Marvin was also a regular for the reserve team, gaining valuable experience playing alongside some older professionals in the process.

Marvin continued his goal scoring form during the 2011/12 season and as a result was rewarded the international honour of a call-up to Stuart Pearce’s England Under 21 side – again scoring on this debut. With his reputation continuing to grow as a potent goal scorer, he left the club – having scored a total of 27 competitive goals in 73 appearances – on deadline day of 2012’s January Transfer Window; to Premier League side Bolton Wanders Football Club.

On the 21st of April 2014, he scored his first professional hat-trick whilst on loan to Charlton Football Club.

Marvin is currently plying his trade at newly promoted Burnley Football Club under his former manager, Sean Dyche.

Marvin Sordell with his mum and Nicole"Marvin with his mother Yinka and sister Nicole"

Marvin Sordell as a child"Marvin aged 9"

Marvin Sordell with Nicole"Marvin with his sister Nicole"

Marvin Sordell newspaper clip"News article, receiving the Football League npower Young Player of The Month Award"