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.