Meet Finn – Football star in the making










It’s always great to hear of football players that are passionate about their sport and strive to be the best that they can be.  I have recently heard of one exciting young player and was keen to find out just how much the game meant to him and how hard he has worked to improve his skills.

Finn is a talented young player from Ireland who has managed to achieve a great deal by hard work and natural talent.  At 10 years old he plays for Craughwell under 11’s as a right winger – his favoured position, and is hoping for a future career as a pro footballer. He attributes his skill to practice and playing as much as he can-which he is quite happy to do! His speed and ball control make him a very dangerous player.

It’s not all fun on the pitch and Finn remembers recently during a big game with the scores tied, he missed a chance to score, but thankfully helped to score the winning goal.

He also remembers his best moment, when playing the best team in the league, scoring 2 goals and setting up three, and his team winning the game. It’s times like this that keeps him striving to get better.

When he’s not on the field, Finn loves reading and his favourite books are the Jamie Johnson series, which he started reading a few years ago and was hooked!  When I asked him what he likes about the books he said there are other football books out there but “Dan’s are definitely the best!”

In terms of advice for others Finn says: “Keep getting up, until the world is tired of knocking you down” . What a great quote! I may use that one myself!

Here are
Finn’s quick fire answers….

Name:Finn McCartney


Started playing football at:

I started playing football with my dad as soon as I could walk, but I started playing indoor football called power soccer when I was 4, and I started playing for my team Craughwell United when I was 8.

Football idol:

My football idol is a Celtic player called Kieran Tierney. He is only 18 but has just been nominated for young Scottish player of the year in his first season. He has also made his full Scotland debut too. I met Kiaran in November when he was in Ireland to play for Scotland under 19s.  My dad contacted him on twitter and asked if I could get a picture taken with him and he was very nice. A lot of other Celtic fans really like him because he always has time for the fans which not many players do.









Best Goal you’ve ever seen:-  

Best goal I have ever seen was in the world cup in Brazil in 2014. James Rodriguez goal against Uraguay. It showed great skill and composure.

Favourite world player: 

Favourite world player is Leo Messi. No explanation needed.

Prediction for winners of Euro 2016: 

I think Germany will win Euro 2016 because of their experience and they have a well balanced team.

Favourite Jamie Johnson book and why:-  

My favourite book is World Class because Jamie Johnson is at the height of his career playing in the world cup and taking Scotland to their best ever finish in the world cup. It showed that Jamie had worked really hard to get there and how good a player he had become because of all his hard work and practice.


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10 Responses to “Meet Finn – Football star in the making”

  1. carson mccartney May 3, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    An old head on young shoulders. Proud to be his grand dad.

    • Dan Freedman May 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      You must be very proud. It was amazing talking to him!

      • carson mccartney May 4, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

        Maybe you can give Finn some tips on writing?

        • Dan Freedman May 9, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

          Hi there,
          I would love to give Finn some tips. I think one of the most important things when you write a book is that there are good strong characters. You have to make people want to read about them. Make them interesting and varied. If you think about the JJ series there are the people in the books that you love and the ones that you love to hate! If you can think of good characters then that’s a big part of the appeal of a story. Once you have that part of it then you have to think about the story line as well. How are the characters going to fit into the story? Try to keep it exciting so your readers just HAVE to find out what happens next!

  2. Maggie logan May 3, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    What a wonderful story from this young man is nice to see someone so young strive so hard to fulfill their dreams. I wish you every success in the future

    • Dan Freedman May 4, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

      I agree Maggie! This is the sort of story that I am proud to have on the website.

  3. BIG CUP WINNERS May 3, 2016 at 9:37 pm #

    Great answers Finn.

    I’m just a wee bit older than you. Like you, though my favourite player, when I was at school, was also a full-back. His name Daniel Fergus McGrain. What a player for Celtic Danny was ! Danny wore the Hoops for 17 years. A true legend.

    Now young Mr Tierney is a Celtic supporter too and could, just could become a legend, as great as Danny.

    Maybe some day well watch Finn McCartney line up at Paradise too ?
    There’s nothing like watching young Tims living the dream, in front of The Faithful.

    So good luck and best wishes for your football.


  4. Jim Logan May 8, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Dan, your books are a joy and so inspirational to young boys like Finn.

    Finn, so proud of you. Your always gonny be a star man.

  5. Sophie May 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    Such a fascinating article! Finn is definetly a star in the making.

    Also love the Dan Freeman collection. So fun and creative!

  6. Francis Tierney May 11, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    Great answers Finn keep up the good work, and all the best for the future 🙂

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