Chippenham Town FC
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Chippenham Town FC
My name is Harry Rutty, I’m a 20 year old centre back for Chippenham Town FC.
How important is football for you?
Football is massive for me. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, as it brings out the competitive side in me. It also helps escape any personal issues that occur, as when I’m playing football, I don’t really think about anything else.
What are your specific qualities as a football player?
I’d say I’m a mix of an old fashioned centre halve, who loves winning headers and making blocks, as well as enjoying being on the ball and making passes.
How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)
The night before, I’ll make sure I get at least 9 hours sleep. Then on a match day, my Nan always cooks me bacon sandwiches for breakfast. I also listen to music on the way to games as a way of relaxing.
Who are the most important people within football environment?
I’d say your teammates. They’re the ones you’re playing and training with every week, and they can help get the best out of you, and vice-versa. I think it’s also important to have role models, as then you can have someone to aim for and base your game around.
You came from the youth of Chippenham Town FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between the youth and the first team ?
Oh, a massive difference. A lot of our youth football games were all possession based matches, passing out from the back, and trying to move the opposition team about. Whereas in our National league south, you don’t get that sort of time on the ball, and it’s obviously a lot more physical.
Harry you made your debut for Chippenham Town FC late in the season 2018-19. How important was that moment for you ?
I was buzzing to get the chance. I’d been involved in training throughout the season, so getting an opportunity to play made all the hard work worth it.
What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?
An old coach told me this saying. “Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard enough”
Harry, what are your personal goals for the rest of this season?
Well as a team we want to start progressing up the table, as we strongly believe we are better than our league position suggests. Personally, I want to try and get a run in the team now and keep on improve my game.
What is your ultimate dream for your football career ?
I want to play as high as I can for as long as I can. The dream is to earn a professional contract, but if I can’t do that, get as close as I can. I don’t want to have any regrets by the time I finish playing.