7th April 2004




A student from the University of Lincoln is jetting off to the Ukraine this week (10th April) on an official invite from the Ukrainian Football Federation.


Russell Taylor (21), who is currently studying a masters degree in journalism, will visit the Ukraine as a freelance journalist and is the first non-FA representative to have an access all areas pass to the federation.


While in the country he will also be supervising an informal link-up between Lincoln City Football Club and Ukrainian First Division side FK Nyva Vinnitsa, bringing the two clubs together for the first time.


Russell will have the opportunity to meet major figures of Ukrainian football such as national team manager and former European Player of the Year Oleg Blokhin.


Richard Moore, Vice-President (Sport and Recreation) at the Students’ Union Co-operative, has donated a full football kit to give to a charity in Vinnitsa, providing much needed shirts, shorts and socks for youngsters.


Russell owes his interest in Ukrainian football to his grandfather who came to this country from the Ukraine during the Second World War.


“I have done a lot of freelance work covering Ukrainian-related football issues and have made a lot of friends along the way,” said Russell.


“This trip is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to helping bring together Lincoln City and FK Vinnitsa in this informal link-up.


“The opportunity to interview such major figures as Olexiy Mikhailichenko, Blokhin and Hryhori Surkis is a chance in a life-time.”


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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk


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