Interview Billy Crook

BILLY CROOK

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Personal Details

Club:
Dartford FC
Full Name:
Billy Crook
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
23-08-1990
Place of birth:
South Londen
Position:
Midfielder
Shirt number:
4

Career

2008-2009
Peterborough United FC
2009 (on loan)
Weymouth FC
2009 (on loan)
Histon FC
2011
Tooting & Mitcham FC
2011-2012
Carshalton Athletic FC
2012-2016
Metropolitan Police FC
2016-2017
Enfield Town FC
2017-2019
Braintree Town FC
2019-
Dartford FC

Interview

Introduce yourself…

Hi, my names Billy, I am currently at Dartford FC in the conference south and work as a teaching assistant in a secondary school.

How important is football for you?

Football is important to me as from a young age I was forever with a ball at my feet, I’ve achieved some good things in the game and met some great people.

Who was the player, or players, you looked up to most growing up, and why?

I looked up mostly to foreign cm’s. Iniesta, Pirlo, Kroos, Verratti and Zidane. I believe these guys played the right way and are all pass masters. The way they play is  pleasing on the eye and very technical.

Billy, you started your football career by Crystal Palace FC and Peterborough United FC. How did you experienced the youth competitions?

When at crystal palace I was playing strong academy sides week in week out so the competition was very strong which only helped me.. my age group was strong and I remember going to the Nike cup with palace and enjoying the talent on show.

By Peterborough United FC, you was loaned out to Weymouth FC and Histon FC. How did you experience these periods?

I really enjoyed my time at both these clubs as it was my first taste of men’s football. I remember meeting part time players and having a lot of respect for them in terms of getting to training after work. I enjoyed the pressure of being the youngster who’s from a league club and it improved my confidence a lot.

After your time by Peterborough United FC, you moved to Tooting & Mitcham FC. Was there a lot of difference between these clubs?

Yes tooting & Mitcham under Mark Beard was my first non-league club. He told me to go out and express myself which at first was tough as I had to adapt to tempo of game and conditions of pitches.

In November 2011, you moved from Carshalton Athletic FC to Metropolitan Police FC. And you played there for 4 years. How was your time by Metropolitan Police FC ?

Met Police FC was enjoyable, we had a very good team who achieved good things like fa cup first round , winning the surrey cup and making the playoffs. The facilities and the way the club was run was very good and the pitch was lovely which suited my type of football.

You have played at several football clubs. At which club did you learned the most?

I would probably say during my time as a pro I learnt a lot under Darren Ferguson he told me to concentrate on my strengths and changed my position to that deeper role where I could start off attacks. Non-league wise, probably under Brad Quinton at Enfield/Braintree Town, where I had a successful time scoring goals and winning promotion.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever experienced in a match?

Craziest thing, erm I’d say one of my players throwing up in the tunnel all over his boots because he was out the night before.. wont name names lol.

Billy, what are your personal goals for the rest of this season?

My target for this season is to try and reach the playoffs with Dartford FC and earn promotion.


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