Fresh from the Meadowhall picket line Ecclesia's cleanest player took time out from his long showering to speak with the Ecclesia Phoenix Website.....
Ecclesia Phoenix Website: First things first, how's the head? Can't believe you scored a header it must have hurt and then to have Duff headbutt you too!
Gareth Hunt: The head is on the mend. I had my nose reset during the week & there doesn’t seem to be any lasting damage to my good looks. I might go back to avoiding heading the ball again for a while though.....
EPW: About your goal, was it more satisfying score in the oppositions goal rather than firing in a bullet own goal header past Liam last season?
GH: Just a little. Although it’s worth reminding people that that was a wonderful bit of tracking back right up to the point where I headed the ball past Liam.
With the goal I think I was as stunned as anyone else to see the ball hit the net. I was particularly grateful for the comments of my team mates including “I can’t believe what I’ve just seen” & “Did you mean that or did it just bounce of your head”. It’s good to get off the mark earlier in the season than last year & hopefully there will be a few more goals to come. Although probably not with my head.
EPW: Do you think that Ecclesia can hold off the teams below them and regain the Division one title?
GH: I have no doubts that we are capable of winning the league this season. We’ve got a very good squad & have made a very smart decision to sack off the cups & focus on the league this year. Plus we always win the league in even numbered years so our names pretty much on the trophy already.
EPW: Whats your prediction for this weeks game against YNS?
GH: They’ve not had a great start to the season but every game at this level is tough. We were the only team to lose to Chancet Wood last season so anything can happen on the day. They’ll be smarting from the game in pre-season & will want to give a better showing than they did then. We need to put in the same level of effort & commitment as in previous weeks. If we do that & play the football we’re capable of, we should be able to get a win.
EPW: What has been your Ecclesia career highlight?
GH: When you’ve been part of a team that’s won 4 league titles, a league cup & a Yorkshire cup it’s hard to pick a single highlight! From a team point of view probably winning the 1st title in 2004. Swallownest had won 4 titles in a row before hand so taking the title off them by beating them 5-1 on the last day of the season was pretty memorable. Especially as they were a team of c**ks at the time. My personal highlight was scoring by lobbing the keeper from 30(ish) yards in the cup a couple of years ago. Other memorable moments would be Dave Scaipens trying to bandage a massive cut on his forehead using scouring pads & pirate eye patches in an attempt to play in the Yorkshire cup final, & Bez rolling around in dog S**T, obviously.
EPW: What has been your favourite Ecclesia goal not scored by you?
GH: For me the best goals are the ones you don’t expect people to score. Tchad scored one at Woodbourne Road several years ago by taking on 4 players and slamming it in the top corner from the edge of the box. Bez’s against Dynamo 2 years ago was special too. My favourite has got to be Ol’s at Colleridge Road though. It would have been a quality goal whoever scored it, but as he’d never scored before & probably never will again, it’s one of those rare ‘I was there when’ moments, up there with the moon landing & Donny signing someone who isn’t over the hill & only there for the money.
EPW: You were very vocal on social networks about the industrial action this week, did you enjoy your strike and do you think you should have been shot in front of your family?
GH: Enjoy’s probably a strong word. It was a bit cold for being on the picket line & the abuse wasn’t great. Having said that I got all my Christmas shopping done so we picked a good time of year for it!
As for Clarkson’s comments, I thought they were pretty funny. There are too many people around who take things far too seriously.
EPW: Lastly, who's the shortest in the shower?
GH: It wouldn’t be right to say. Plus answering would suggest that I’ve looked.....
I think Gaz's bump on the head has sent him doolally, Midge is the shortest in the shower he's tiny, he must have dwarf blood!
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