Chippenham Town FC
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Cheltenham Town FC
|2013 (on loan)|
Bishop’s Cleeve FC
|2014-2016 (on loan)|
Gloucester City AFC
Gloucester City AFC
Chippenham Town FC
Hello Joe – tell us little about yourself…
Hello there. I am a 25 year old midfielder from Gloucester who has recently signed for Chippenham Town. Football has always been a part of my life and I am eager to get back doing what I love.
What are your specific qualities as a football player?
I would state my qualities are that I am hard working and always give my all. I love getting forward and scoring and creating goals from midfield. I also pride myself on set pieces which is something I do a lot of work on.
How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)
I try to prepare for every game the same no matter how big or small. I don’t tend to have any superstitions I just try to chill out and have a laugh with the lads which is how I focus.
Joe you was still a youth team player when you was promoted to the first team for pre-season training in 2012. How did you experience these pre-season training ?
That feels like a lifetime ago now. It was obviously a massive learning experience playing and training with senior pros at such a young age. Thankfully all of the guys at the time welcomed me in and made the experience much easier for me.
You made your professional debut on 27 October 2012, in a 3–0 win over Exeter City in the Football League Two. How important was that moment for you ?
Making my football league debut was always a moment that will stick with you. It was great to get out there with my family in the crowd and from memory I’m pretty sure we scored whilst I was on the pitch so it was nice to celebrate with the lads. I’ve got the shirt I wore on that day in a frame at my home now so it’s something I’ll never forget.
By Cheltenham Town FC, you was loaned out to Bishop’s Cleeve FC and two times to Gloucester City FC. How did you experience these periods?
At the time going out on loan was really important. Playing men’s football is so important for any young player. It enabled me to get the experience of playing against men week in week out. Thankfully I eventually got my chance and managed to play a full season in the football league week in week out. Unfortunately things didn’t work out at Cheltenham but playing in league 2 for a full season was a massive learning curve for me.
In 2016, you signed for Gloucester City AFC, where you made 56 league appearances during four years. Why did you leave Gloucester City AFC ?
I actually made over 200 appearances for Gloucester city. It is obviously a club that’s close to me as it’s somewhere I’ve been brought up. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Gloucester and have made friends for life. It’s great for the fans to see them go back to Gloucester and I hope they have a successful season.
Since May 2020 you played for Chippenham Town FC. Why did you chose for Chippenham ?
Mike Cook is the Chippenham manager and someone who I have really enjoyed working with previously. Cookie knows how to get the best out of me and I’m really looking forward to getting started. I know a few of the players at Chippenham and I can see real potential for the upcoming season.
Joe what is your proudest moment of your career so far?
I think one moment that sticks out is scoring for Cheltenham against Bury on the opening day of the League 2 season. It was a cracking goal and one that will live long in the memory.
What is your ultimate dream in your football career ?
I think for me it would be to get the opportunity to play at Wembley. The Fa trophy is a great opportunity for non-league players to get to play there and fingers crossed I’ll get a chance soon.