Many people will know Jake Quickenden as a singer who competed in the very popular British reality show X-Factor. In the 2012 series he got to judges houses and in 2014 he went a stage further and got all the way to the live shows.
Also you might know Jake from being a contestant in another very popular reality show “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” where he got all way to the final and came runner up. Fewer people will know his passion for non- league football and his home town team Bottesford town FC. “Footie is my main passion it will always be, but I’m a lot better at singing”.
Jake started playing football at the age of 10 years when he was influenced by his dad to go and play to meet friends, new people and to socialise. After 2 years Jake was scouted to play for local professional football team Scunthorpe United FC. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for Jake I pursuit of his career of being a professional football player because he unfortunately broke his leg. After he had fully recovered Jake carried on playing locally and at the age of 18 years went to play in Australia with his close mate Tom for a couple of years.
After Jake had returned to England from playing football abroad in Australia at the age of 20 years he started to teach himself how to play the guitar and not long after was entertaining doing pub gigs to get recognised. When Jake was asked when did you realise you were better at singing than football he responded cheekily “when I kept missing one on ones”.
By now Jake was living in Manchester with girlfriend Danielle Fogarty the daughter of Carl Fogarty the former motorcycle racer who was the winner of the same series “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” in which Jake competed. Due to work commitments and working a lot of weekends Jake doesn’t get time to travel back to play for Bottesford Town FC every week, “I would get down every week if I could. The main reason I do get down is to be involved with the lads and to see my mates- the club means a lot to me!”
He also appears for a team in Manchester who play matches for charities to raise money for good causes. Jake is a big football fan and follows Manchester united but is also keen to watch any football team because of his passion for the game.
When Jake was asked what he thinks of non-league football he replied “It’s getting better due to The Bootiful Game doing magazines and it should get more recognition. It’s a good standard of football, a good group of lads and everyone wants to win”.
Jakes home town team Bottesford Town FC were promoted last season to the NCEL Premier Division, with a helping hand from Jake with the one goal he scored all season, “It’s good for Bottesford Town FC. They have being trying for a long time to get out of this league and it’s just nice for them and the manager – he is a great guy, the club just needs the people of Scunthorpe to get behind us and come and support the lads this season”.