Jay Hart: The footballer rebuilding his life 5,000 miles from home


Jay Hart established himself as a prolific goalscorer for a number of non-league clubs in the north west

It is April 2015 and a long and unspectacular season in the eighth tier of English football is drawing to a close for Clitheroe and their 24-year-old striker Jay Hart.

The Lancashire part-timers sit in mid-table in the Northern Premier League Division One North with two games left, well adrift of leaders Salford City – and their Class of ’92 part-owners – but comfortably clear of relegation.

Their penultimate match is a 40-mile trip to Mossley, east of Manchester. It is a seemingly run-of-the-mill fixture, but it changes Hart’s life and brings unwanted global attention on Clitheroe FC – average league gate 290.

The afternoon starts badly as the team are beaten 4-1 by a Mossley team hosting a ladies’ day – aimed at attracting more female fans.

But that is just the start for Hart. After the match, he is filmed on a phone having sex