It is definitely a
You were of course Richard Money's first signing at
I'm not so sure Richard Money did sell the club to me; I just wanted to play football! I loved playing football more than anything, and my time at Brentford had been destroyed by Martin Allen, I just wanted to enjoy playing again. For some reason myself and Martin Allen didn't see eye to eye and I didn't like how he run things or him as a person. He made football seem like a chore to me and it shouldn't be like that. Richard Money seemed to want the same things I did, success and to enjoy the game.
I think the title win and even promotion came as a surprise to
I think the first landmark was the first game of the season away at
I suppose it could not just have been a season of highs? Were there moments that could be described as lows along the way?
Yes, I suppose the 3 game losing streak in January/February I think it was and the defeat away at
I can't really interview you without asking about the
Who were the unsung heroes of the title winning team? Players who often didn't get the credit they deserved of people behind the scenes who often don't get congratulated or be in the spotlight.
That's a tough one! I think everyone pulled together that year and as a team we were champions as individuals we would have been nothing. Obviously, goal scorers always get the glory, as did keatesy that year for having such a great ratio from midfield. When games are tough, people look at defenders and goal keepers and congratulate them for clean sheets and being solid. But on occasions I think what people miss is the supply from wingers, or the tough tackling from full backs to stop crosses. It's the small details that win games.
The celebrations in
It was a great day but was spoilt a bit by the weather, which meant the bus tour was extremely quiet until we arrived at the town centre. The atmosphere there was fantastic and it was an unbelievable feeling personally to be introduced and lift the trophy for all the fans. That is every footballers dream to win trophies. If you don't want to be a winner there's no point playing. The squad had a great night.
The season after the title win in League One saw Money appoint Jimmy Mullen as Assistant Manager, unbeknown to us at the time he would later be named Manager after your departure. How did the addition of Mullen affect the running of the side? Was there a noticeable difference for the players or was it business as usual?
I think it was business as usual. Jimmy was brought in to help the younger lads and reserves more than anything. He was bubbly around the dressing room and seemed to bring a few lads out of themselves.
Was it a shock when Richard Money announced his departure?
Not for me. I kind of thought it was coming. During that season things around the club seemed to bother him more and more and the calm Richard Money that brought me to the club seemed to disappear. He looked drained towards the end of the season and I think too much happened that season that he didn't like anymore.
What is your assessment of how
I'm just a player(ex player now)so I just had to get on with my business on the pitch. It's easy for me to say I think we should have spent money here or there and brought this player in or that, but I'm not the chairman or manager that has to keep the club from going in to the red. That's why they get the stick when things go wrong. It's a tough job to do.
In the last month Danny Fox, Scott Dann and Anthony Gerrard have all been rewarded with great moves for themselves. Are you surprised to see Fox and Dann especially rise to top flight football in just 18 months since leaving the Banks's? Can any of them go further and even challenge for international honours?
It doesn't suprise me at all that they have signed at bigger clubs. All of them especially Foxy and Scottie are great players and great lads off the pitch. They have a lot of ability and are willing to work to the top. Their own ambition will keep pushing them further. I wish all three of them the very best of luck and hope they can get to international level.
Having seen some of the youngsters still at the club are there anymore you would tip to rise to the top?
In my last year at the club I was really impressed with Alex Nicholls. He was a good lad and again like Foxy and Scottie, he worked really hard for his chance. He was extremely fit, quick and honest and on his day is a dangerous player. Troy Deeney was also another young lad that worked so hard on and off the pitch. He deserved his chance.
League One this season looks competitive, how do you rate the Saddlers chances? Do you keep in touch with the goings on at the Banks's?
When playing football I tried to get away from football in my spare time, so I never really watched it. Since I've stopped playing I still don't watch much, I just keep an eye on how my closest mates in football are doing. I'd rather not say how I think
As I mentioned in the last question, I don't watch much football anymore so it would be tough to know who will end up where in the league when I haven't kept an eye on signings. Think I'll give it a miss, wouldn't want to embarrass myself!
That would be fantastic but unfortunately I don't think it would be wise on my part. I retired from football through injury as I was in a lot of pain that last season at
Finally, what have you gone on to do since leaving
Since I retired from football through injury I have qualified as a Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist. I have set up my own business(probably in the worst economic climate!). I have always loved exercise and weights and to me it is the next best thing to playing football. I hope I can help people that come and see me to get fit or progress their fitness. My company is below....
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