Coming Soon!!!!

Coming Soon!!!!

To give further insight into the life of a footballer I will be adding a new feature to my blog! This will be Player and Manager Interviews!

I want to ask players and managers the questions that you want answering… You the fans, the loyal supporters, the football followers and you who just wants to know that little bit more!

My first player interview will be with Burton Albion FC star striker Billy Kee!!

To ask Billy your question simply sign up to follow my blog via email and then add your question to the comment box below this post.

I will select the best 10 questions. Good Luck!

Man Love

Man Love

Who says footballers haven’t got a loving caring side! Although I don’t think Calvin Zola is too impressed with our unique goal celebration. This was typical Billy, always messing about and anyone who knows him will tell you what a character he is. But beneath all the jokes and giggles is a very serious and dedicated footballer who works hard on his trade.

Just Smile

Just Smile

This is my number 1 rule to players at all levels. Whether it be grass roots or in the professional game please enjoy yourselves and play the game we love with a smile on your face. After all that’s the reason we started playing in the 1st place, right????

Loyalty in Sport

Being loyal is often considered a rarity in sports today especially in the sport that I work in in, football. Players leave their respective clubs for an extra bit of money, where one day they kiss the club badge on the shirt to the next day demanding a transfer unless their astronomical pay rise demands are met.

But I am talking about the minority their, after all there is 92 football league teams and a lot more clubs plying their trade in the conference levels. The minority I refer to are the greedy and money hungry players of the Premier League. They pledge loyalty to a club and its fans but a year or so down the line the offer of an extra 50K is deemed too lucrative to turn down and their off on their travels once again to go and bleed another club dry and no doubt kiss yet another badge.

I have not got a problem with anyone earning as much as they can but my problem comes when a player already earning 100K a week has the balls to kick up a fuss and demand 150K a week??? That to me is ridiculous plain and simple. Imagine a nurse, a teacher or a single parent struggling to cope on basic wages and it draws into light the sheer greed of the current day Premier League player.

Now I am not labelling all football players with the same stereotype. I am after all one of them but the difference between the top league and the lower divisions is huge. The money just doesn’t filter down the footballing pyramid like people think. But in my opinion that’s what makes the lower leagues so special and it is definitely what makes the lower league supporters so special.

I spent 6 years at Burton Albion and could have moved for a lot more money during the course of my time there. Why didn’t I go? Plain and simple, I was happy. I played the best football of my career at Burton and I would like to think that every supporter who watched me play would say I always gave 100% in a brewers shirt. I did this because I was happy, I loved coming in to train and I loved playing for that club. A beautiful ground, great pitch and a great manager were all key to me staying so long but I am a loyal person and the reason I enjoyed my time at Burton so much was because I was surrounded by likeminded individuals. Darren Stride, Aaron Webster and Andrew Corbett are legends who I had the pleasure of playing with and all had testimonials at the club. Stridey, aka ‘Mr Burton Albion’ was a big man, a leader and a winner and an inspiration to all around him.

Players like these would not have moved for any amount of money. They were loyal, maybe to a fault, but they were loyal. Any parent now who has a child in the football system and has ambitions of them playing professional football I would urge them to look at their lower league club for inspiration as to what a true footballer is made of.

As with everything there is exceptions to every rule and I know there are players such as Scholes, Giggs and Gerrard in the Premier League today but unfortunately those legends are few and far between. I look at those three named players and see old school morals coursing through their veins not the modern day flimsy see through footballer who graces our TVs on a weekly basis.

1st post op appointment

I had my 1st post op appointment today with the specialist, 11 days after my operation and my specialist says my knee is looking good. The wounds have healed nicely and the swelling has gone down considerably so with permission from the boss I can now up my rehab routine.
– Static gym bike 3 times a day for 15 mins
– Double and single leg squats,within reason on the bad knee…
– Swimming but no breast stroke
– Plenty of walking

I can’t wait to get my legs moving again and to be able to actually sweat and burn a calorie or two.
It’s going to be a lot of hard work from here until I get fit but it’s hard work that I’m used to, it’s the sitting around not being active which is the one thing I hate.
The kids came into my appointment today as they are both off school for half-term. They must have the stomach for the gory side of life because as the specialist was taking all my bandages off their eyes were glued to his every move and then when he bought up my X-Ray pictures they were mesmerised by the screws that were showing up on screen. Maybe I’ve got two future surgeons on my hands.
It’s nice to have them both around me as I recover from my ACL injury. They certainly brighten up every day and if I ever find myself drifting off to a dark depressive place I am immediately brightened up by a beautiful smile or a witty childish joke.

Regards
John

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Enjoy

Out of action

I am currently recovering at home from an operation I had last week. If you remember a few posts ago I said I had injured my knee on Boxing Day well it turned out to be a little more sinister than I anticipated. I had ruptured my ACL which is the anterior cruciate ligament and like I said I ha my operation last Wednesday.

My season is most certainly over as I now face a lengthy spell on the side-lines and a race to be fit for the beginning of next season. It is going to be tough but who said being a footballer was easy

I will as always keep you all updated on my recovery, and the one bonus is that I now get the chance to watch all the winter Olympics from the comfort of my sofa with my wife and kids running around after me…(well the first bit is true anyway)

 

Regards

John