"It was probably the best feeling of my life - knowing I wouldn’t be going back in there again. It was unbelievable"
Saturday’s matchday programme carries a revealing interview with Jon Nolan on his journey from signing on the dole to scoring goals for Town.
The midfielder was released by Everton after progressing through their Academy but was on the verge of signing for Watford until a knee injury sent him on the road to nowhere.
“That was the longest year of my life. Everyone who knew me would say ‘Jon Nolan is going to be a footballer’ and there I was signing on the dole. I was embarrassed really,” said Jon.
“They were dark, dark times in my life. I was going in to sign on with a hat on so that I wouldn’t get recognised by anyone.
“I went on trial to a few Welsh non-League clubs but I just couldn’t get going with my knee. I was going out drinking and all that every weekend and that didn’t help. I’d sign on, get the money and go and blow it over the weekend. It’s depressing even talking about it now.
“I can remember the last time I walked out of the dole office, I was signing for Stockport a week later, it was probably the best feeling of my life - knowing I wouldn’t be going back in there again. It was unbelievable.”
Saturday’s matchday programme also features interviews with Will Keane, Bart Bialkowski and an inspirational coach in Shaun Whiter, plus there are columns from Paul Lambert and Luke Chambers and much more.