This feature sees us catch up with former Sporting striker Jozsef Jakab. He talked about his love for Sporting, plus his switch to becoming a referee and his life in Hungary, both before and after his time with Bromsgrove…
With 17 goals in 41 appearances for Bromsgrove Sporting and 10 in 19 for Bromsgrove Rovers, it’s fair to say Jozsef knew where the goal was at the Victoria Ground; prior to playing in Worcestershire, he enjoyed playing in his native Hungary.
“Before I came to England, I had a chance of playing in front of 12,000 people at the Ferencvaros’ ground in Budapest and the football culture is something anyone who watches football in the UK would be proud of.
“I played for two teams in the Hungarian second tier, but it doesn’t compare to how fans at Bromsgrove love this beautiful game, with the average attendance at Bromsgrove equivalent to teams at the Hungarian Premier level.
“I am one of the lucky footballers who have played for both Sporting and Rovers. I liked to think of Bromsgrove as my second home and, I must admit, the Sporting era was the more enjoyable one.”
Jozsef lovingly looked back at some great times with Sporting, including a notable performance in a very significant game for the Rouslers.
“I don’t think anyone can take the two goals off me that I scored in the Sporting’s very first FA Cup game vs Bewdley, which I will cherish for a long time.
“I can personally thank Graham Scott (Vice Chairman) a lot, who I believe I made a wonderful friendship with throughout the years.
“Talking about friendship – there are plenty of people around the club I became very fond of, which is why it was always a pleasure playing for Bromsgrove.”
Despite eventually hanging up his playing boots, Jozsef was eager to stay involved in the game.
“After I gave up my playing career, I immediately became a referee, as I always wanted to stay in the football world. In four-and-a-half-years, I managed to get to the Level 4 refereeing level.
“Throughout those four-and-a-half-years, I assisted numerous Worcester games and Bromsgrove U18 games.
“I don’t know what would have happened if I had refereed a game for Bromsgrove – it probably would have been the hardest game for me, in terms of impartiality!,
“However, that’s all hypothetical now, as I have since moved back to Hungary for personal reasons. Nowadays, I work as a personal financial advisor and I continue my refereeing, as a Senior County Referee for the Hungarian FA.”
Jozsef reflected on his time playing for Bromsgrove with warmth: “I will never forget my time playing at the Victoria Ground and I would very much like to come back and watch a game in the foreseeable future.
“I will always think of myself as Bromsgrove’s own and will always keep a special space in my heart for both the club and for the people working at, and supporting, this magnificent club.”