This is the latest in a Q&A with players in which we find out a little more about their background and personality, their standout experiences in the game, plus who’s been responsible for livening matters up along the way…
With this season’s fixtures fast running out, Harrogate Town are rightly dreaming of a second successive promotion, as Simon Weaver’s side sit 6th in the Vanarama National League. It was top scorer Jack Muldoon who buried a 94th-minute penalty to sink Bromley earlier this week and send Town back into the play-off places. The former Scunthorpe United youngster, a summer signing from AFC Fylde, is helping lead the charge for EFL football at The CNG Stadium (Wetherby Road). Scorer of Fylde’s Goal of the Season in 2017/18 thanks to a right-foot ripsnorter against would-be champions Macclesfield, he found some time to answer some questions for…The Players’ Bar…
Favourite team and player growing up
Arsenal and Nicolas Anelka. Then Thierry Henry as time went by.
Favourite game you’ve played in and why
I had the privilege of playing in the FA Cup quarter-finals at the Emirates against Arsenal for Lincoln City (in March 2017). That one has to be my favourite. Don’t need to explain why really…
A teammate/coach who taught you something new, made you see the game in a different way, or gave great advice that you’ve always remembered
I’ll always remember Matt Rhead (at Lincoln City) used to say to me, ‘Let the players play, and the runners run.’ I got the hint after that quote.
Funniest teammate, coach or manager in your career (or give more than one example)
Funniest has to be (former Scunthorpe and Lincoln midfielder) Matty Sparrow. He’s had a remarkable career and he had all sorts of tricks off the pitch up his sleeve…which I’ve kindly taken with me.
Hardest moment/experience as a player
Watching players take on a serious injury is always a tough experience. Just makes me work harder off the pitch to stay fit. The only advice I can give is more core and less weights, to any young player reading this.
What is a typical week like for you, in terms of routine?
Gym Tuesday to Thursday. Training on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Father and husband 24/7, so you can imagine what happens between all of the above…
Funniest/most memorable or surreal thing you’ve seen at a game (that you’ve played in, or been at as a fan)
Most memorable/surreal game has to be beating Burnley at Turf Moor (1-0 with Lincoln) in the fifth round of the FA Cup (in February 2017, with an 89th-minute Sean Raggett goal). It was an unbelievable day for everyone involved.
Any change you think could be made to the game at this level, or football/non-league in general
A change to the game I’d like to see would probably be a winter break. Most countries seem to do it now. Gives teams and players a chance to recover; 3-4 games in 9-10 days can become challenging to the mind and body. I’ve done it most of my career, so I just get on with it like a good boy.
Anything people might not know about you (interesting fact, hidden talent etc.)? Being a role model for people with type 1 diabetes is obviously a meaningful one.
I’m a plasterer by trade. Now that’s a real job, working on a building site.
Who’s the life and soul of the dressing room here at Harrogate?
Well in fairness, there’s a few. We’re a very tight-knit group of lads and any player who comes to CNG Stadium, on loan or to sign, needs to have a good attitude, or they won’t last long here.
Finally, what have you enjoyed most about being at the club so far and why should anyone who hasn’t already, come down and support?
I’ve enjoyed the group of lads we’ve got and our mentality. We play some lovely football and it’s a joy to watch sometimes. We’re a hard-working, honest group of lads – what more do you want from a team? Also serve out some lovely burgers on match days…so I’m told anyway.