About

7-1.15a Hello and welcome to ryan147.com.

I am Ryan Watterson, a 19 year old journalism student from Sheffield.

ryan147.com was set up on 4th June 2009 and has grown ever since – starting as a small hobby and turning into a portfolio of work that has received over 450,000 views to date from more than 100 countries.

My main focuses are football, music and snooker – although I have also  written articles about many other topics including travel, world war  battlefields and more.

I have published hundreds of match reports for this site as well as others, including the Chesterfield Post where I write weekly match reports from the Chesterfield FC press box as well as regularly attending the pre-match press onferences. I have also worked in the press areas and/or had articles published for Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra, Notts County, Sheffield FC, Hallam FC, Fleetwood Town and Yeovil Town.

Meanwhile, in music I write about bands big and small and review many gigs in my local area as well as festivals during the BMTHLaunch5summer. I have interviewed many bands including Bowling For Soup and Allusondrugs as well as working at events with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon.

Living in Sheffield means I also have a passion for snooker and have attended the  World Championship at the  Crucible Theatre every year since 2005, getting to know many of the pro’s and writing many articles about the tournaments over the years.

I hope you enjoy your visit to ryan147.com.

Thank you!

Ryan.

49 comments

  1. I see your old site has now morphed in to this one. Ryan147 is looking great. Keep up the good work. I will be popping by regularly!! I will update the link to your site on mine as soon as I can.

  2. What a nice father you have to take you around! It’s good to see so many young people such as yourself taking an interest in the sport. You’re lacking photos from International events. Next time, I will take you to China =) LOL.

    Jiang.

  3. ryan, you have done a great job with the site. you have some great photos, you have done really well to see so much in such a short space of time. you must be costing dad a small fortune!!….lol

  4. excellent effort Ryan – well done from our club Friends of Snooker, Athens (FSA), here in Greece! very professional!

  5. Well done Ryan, this is an excellent site! I will be adding a link to your site from mine and I will be checking regularly to see where else you have been. Keep up the good work young man!

  6. Hi Ryan,

    I love your site (which referred from TSF as I browsed on the www for more info re Pro Challenge Series). Actually I am planning to watch the tournament in Leeds all the way from Hong Kong, too bad that this is the only active tournament during my time in England. I just finished watching one local tournament in HK last week as Ricky won over Liang Wenbo. See if we can meet up and chat a bit at Northern Snooker Centre. I will arrive on the 28th.

  7. Hi Ryan!

    Got a link to your site from your father. I have followed your snooker adventures together trough facebook for I while now. A lot of nice pictures. Really enjoy your site, keep up the good work. I will bookmark it=)

    best regards

    lars (Norway)

  8. Great to see an updated picture of my hearthrob from the 1980’s Tony Knowles, he still handsome, thanks for posting. Great site btw.
    I used to go to Sheffield, every year in the 80’s early 90’s but when Tony faded away; so did I. If you see him; tell him I still think he is handsome at 54!
    GREAT PIC OF HIM.
    THANKS, MADE BY DAY.

  9. Great site and great photos !!!!!

    I hope 2010 to manage come at Sheffield to watch World Championship at Crucible and maybe have some photos with players like yours 🙂

    Keep up the good work Ryan.

    Yannis (Greece)

  10. Greeting from the Netherlands!
    I’m a low-key lady football fan (watch more at International level, Love the World Cup) and like to watch a really good game where the football is stunning more than just supporting one particular team.
    To your Dad: excellent to encourage your son and provide the transport, two cool dudes. Ryan, Very cool that you show photos of the Grounds that you visit, keep on blogging, you made me smile and you are doing great!
    regards, kiwidutch.

    http://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/

  11. Hi Ryan
    You dad put me onto this site via Facebook… hats off to you mate at getting help with this and to come up with the idea!
    being a site designer myself I get critical but great job, pleasant on the eyes and pictures are great quality.

    I will be back to see more pictires!

    Cheers

    Wazza

  12. Hi Ryan, you’ve got some great photo’s on your site. You’ve done fantastic to get to all of these grounds. Keep going to get the full set

  13. Love the site ryan fair play to ya! Keept up the good work.going to the crucible for the first for the second weekend cant wait realyy looking forward to it.
    i will be checking back here agian

  14. Hi Ryan, saw you with your tshirt on the tv and checked out your site. Very good it is too. Being an amateur league player myself I can see the love you have for the game shining through on your site. Keep it up and all the best. Very well done.

  15. Hi Ryan,

    This is an excellent site! Keep it up.

    I used to be a sports journalist and I reckon you’re heading in the same direction…or maybe a commentator?? It’s great to see a piece of work by a bright young man who can spell and gets his grammar right!

    Fantastic. Have a great time on your sports travels.

    Alex

  16. Hi Ryan

    Do me a favour and email your address as I have to send you out a certificate
    for your lace sponsorship

    Jim Brown

  17. Hi Ryan,

    I came across your fantastic website while searching for images of the new Chesterfield ground. I’m a lecturer in Media Production at Chesterfield College. We could do with students like yourself on the media production courses we run. I noticed that you are 14, so you must be thinking about your options. Have you thought of going for a career in media/media production?

    Check out the college website and media prospectus. Send me an email if you want anymore information.

    Cheers,

    Tom Bell.

  18. Hi Ryan, nice website. We need more switched-on teenagers such as yourself and it’s refreshing to hear of a 14 year old doing something so constructive with his time. Keep up the good work!

    Do you play snooker or pool yourself? I belong to the local pool league here on the Isle of Man. I play several times a week, even off-season.

    Good luck with your budding career in sports journalism – you’re doing great so far!

    Ann

  19. Hi Ryan,

    Really enjoy reading your sites. Try to get round to as many games as possible myself but wish i lived a little closer to the midlands as it’s not so easy with a lot lesser choice from down here in Essex…

    Anyway, really love your site. I actually run a football league ground guide myself. Check it out and let me know if you’d like to exchange links.

    http://www.tothe92.co.uk

    Keep up the good work!

    Stuart

  20. Hi Ryan
    What a great site you have.
    I’m from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada where Kirk Stevens used to live,
    I know both Kirk and Cliff (they play in the Cambridge Pro-Am tournament every year)
    I was looking for info. or videos of them playing on the current Legends Tour, when I came across your site.
    Thanks for your great reportage from the Crucible.
    I’m looking forward to watching the World’s on British Eurosport and
    I’ll be coming back to your site often for your commentary and photo coverage.
    Hope you get to hang out with the World’s best next week.
    All the best
    Regards
    Tom

  21. great site ryan, nice meeting u at sheffield derby other day, i must have seen you at chesterfield on the saturday but never chatted… 🙂

  22. Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you. Would you please consider adding a link to my website on your page. We are happy to offer you a 10% discount to our Online Store if you do so. Please email me back and I would be happy to give you our link.

    Thanks!

    Frank

  23. Dear Ryan

    I stumbled onto your website through ProSnookerBlog.com and have been reading some of your articles and am a big fan.

    The reason I am emailing is because I have a sports radio show on a station in Manchester’s 106.6fm and would love if you were to come onto the show as a guest to talk about snooker.

    We could do it over the phone and would take up just 10-15 minutes of your time

    I would really appreciate it if you could get back to me by either phone or e-mail

    Yours Sincerely

    Simon Mahon

  24. Great website Ryan – you’ve put a hellava lot of work in and you derserve to go far, and I don’t mean to Portsmouth.
    I had the pleasure of talking to your dad today before the Notts v Crawley game – looking at you both – the apple hasn’t rolled far from the tree.
    Good luck for the future , you deserve it.

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