The YouTube legend spoke to MATCH all about how his team are going to take over the footy world!
HOW LONG HAVE HASHTAG UNITED BEEN GOING?
SPENCER SAYS: “Hashtag United started last February as an idea me and my brother Seb had. We already had a five-a-side team with our mates called Hashtag United which was just for fun, and we signed up a few extra friends to get a full eleven-a-side team together.”
WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM?
SPENCER SAYS: “I’ve been making football videos for a long time, and I always wanted to do real life matches. That’s why we did the Wembley Cup – a big, one-off game with loads of YouTubers! They’re really cool but we can only do it once a year, so I thought it would be great to play regularly with my friends!”
HOW DID IT GET STARTED?
SPENCER SAYS: “I filmed a game with my mates that got loads of interest, and then we got challenged to a match by a YouTube channel. We played them twice and beat them, so we created the team and started playing more games!”
YOU’VE HAD SOME WICKED MOMENTS WITH HASHTAG!
SPENCER SAYS: “Yeah – our third game was at Wembley! It was special because it was with friends that I’ve known since I was five years old. We played one of the final games at Upton Park as well. As a West Ham fan, that was great!”
HOW GOOD ARE THE TEAM?
SPENCER SAYS: “I think we’ve got the best strike force outside the National League! We’ve got four or five guys in the team that could play semi-pro, but others are more suited to Sunday League sides! So it’s a real mixture, and I’m slap bang in the middle.”
WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S BEEN SO POPULAR?
SPENCER SAYS: “It’s the stories alongside it. We never boast about our football skills, but we make it entertaining. No other Sunday league team plays at Wembley, against ex-pros, or travels abroad. We’ve lucked our way to this situation, and we’re saying, ‘come along on the ride!’”
WHAT FOOTY ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A YOUNG FAN?
SPENCER SAYS: “When I started playing at 13, I only played because I was the one kid that could head the ball! I didn’t start getting into the team on merit until I was 16! But if you love something like I love football, even if you’re not the best player, you can make a career out of it!”