|Club:||Slough Town FC|
|Full Name:||Daniel Roberts|
|Date of Birth:||30-04-1998|
|Place of birth:||Wexham, Slough|
Introduce yourself… ( Who are you ? )
My name is Dan Roberts and I’m a Semi-professional footballer for Slough town.
Have you always had the ambition to become a professional footballer?
Yes, always. My dad had me kicking a ball since I could walk and has been all I’ve wanted to do since.
How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)
Music is a big part of my preparation on a match day. I also have a few words, no more than a couple of sentences, that I say to myself before the start of every game no matter how important it is, a bit like a prayer in some ways.. sort of a good luck thing I guess.
Before Slough Town FC, you played football in the Hellenic League. How did you experienced this periods?
This was a really enjoyable year for me and my first in men’s football. I learnt a lot and it put me in the spotlight and got me to where I am now.
In March 2019 you played your first game for Slough Town FC. How did you experienced this match?
I found out the Thursday before that I’d be starting on the Saturday and I was excited. I think I played well and grew into the game as it went on, and probably could of even scored one or two as well. I got man of the match too!
What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?
The year I left Bracknell town to go to Windsor FC was when I learnt the biggest lesson that football is ALL about opinions. I ‘wasn’t good enough’ at Bracknell and spent 2 years sat on the bench, then left to join Windsor last year who were at the same level and scored 40 goals in my first season! Mick Woodham, the manager at the time put his faith in me and gave me a chance which I was never given at Bracknell. Opinions.
In which match did you get the most nerves (goose bumps) ?
For me it would be Woking away at the end of last season. We were 1-0 up and I was brought on for the last ten minutes in front of just over 2500 people. By far the biggest crowd I’d ever played in front of.
Dan, who is your biggest inspiration?
I used to watch Jermaine Defoe a lot when I was younger as he’s a very similar player, clever movement and scored lots of goals. But my biggest inspiration of more recent times has to be Jamie Vardy as he has risen through non-league and reached the top level including playing for the national team and proven to any young player that it is possible with hard work and the right attitude if you want it enough.
What are your personal goals this season ?
My personal goals for this season stats wise is 10 goals and 10 assists which I’m currently halfway to achieving. But I don’t tend to think about this too much, ideally I want to get as many as possible! Other than that my biggest goal is to learn as much as I can from game time and the more experienced players around me, to become a better all-round player going forwards.
What is your dream for your football career ?
Of course my dream is to play in the premier league and also for England, but football is an difficult industry to break into so I just hope to play at the highest level I can!