Chelmsford City FC
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Oxford City FC
Aldershot Town FC
Chelmsford City FC
I’m Jonny, 25 years old, I play as an attacking midfielder for Chelmsford City FC alongside working for a green investment firm in London.
How important is football for you?
It’s very important to me, has been all my life. You get a chance to meet people from all different backgrounds and get a chance to escape working life and try and achieve something.
What makes you a good football player? And what are your strongest qualities as a midfielder?
Good with the ball at my feet and in 1v1s – so unpredictable that even I don’t know what I’m doing half the time. Strongest qualities are probably my pace and dribbling ability.
How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)
Music in the changing room is key, always need a bit of atmosphere. Don’t really have any rituals other than shin pads on before the warm up.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever experienced in a match?
Apart from a few big fights I remember one lad had his kneecap kicked round so it had twisted to the back of his leg and had to get an air ambulance.
After the youth, you were loaned out by Oxford United FC to Southport and Aldershot Town FC. How did you experience these periods?
I signed a pro deal at Oxford United after university and I went on loan briefly to Southport in my first year. Was a weird experience going from playing in front of a handful of people at uni to 5000 in my first game against Tranmere. Had to grow up quickly. Was only there for a month but then I went to Aldershot for 6 months the following year. Unfortunately none of the loan players got a chance to really break into the team at Aldershot but it was still a good experience.
With Aldershot Town FC and Southport FC, you have played in the National League. Now you play with Chelmsford City FC in the National League South. Is there a lot of difference between these competitions?
Most of the teams in the national league are full time so there is an obvious difference in fitness levels but in average footballing ability I wouldn’t say there is a big gap. You see players switching between the two leagues all the time.
Last year, Chelmsford City FC played along for promotion. Do you think, that you succeed this year to promote?
We came very close the last 2/3 years in the playoffs but I think we have built a good enough squad this year to push for automatic promotion. It’s a long season though and the league will be tough this year so we will see where we are come April.
This will be your third season at Chelmsford City FC. What are your personal goals this season?
My last two years have been plagued with injury so my personal aims are to play as much as possible and hopefully score 10+ goals and a similar amount of assists.