Interview Elliott Durrell

Elliott Durrell

Personal Details

Club:
Wrexham AFC
Full Name:
Elliott Durrell
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
31-07-1989
Place of birth:
Shrewsbury
Position:
Attacking midfielder
Shirt number:
7

Career

2007-2008
AFC Telford United
2008 (on loan)
Rushall Olympic FC
2008-2014
Hednesford Town FC
2011
Evesham United FC
2014-2015
Wrexham AFC
2015-2016
Tamworth FC
2016-2017
Chester FC
2017-2019
Macclesfield Town FC
2019-2020
York City FC
2020
Altrincham
2020-
Wrexham AFC

Interview

Introduce yourself…

I’m Elliott Durrell, 31 year old attacking midfielder who is comfortable on either wing or preferably in number 10. Had a good few years in Non-League and tasted the EFL with Macclesfield Town in 18/19 season following promotion from the National League as Champions. Played for some big non-league clubs including Wrexham, Altrincham FC, Chester FC, AFC Telford United, Hednesford Town FC, York City FC and Tamworth FC.

How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)

In preparation for games I don’t have any particular things that I do other than putting my left shin pad on before my right, followed by my left boot before my right.

Elliott, you began your football career as a youngster with Hednesford Town FC, then moved on to AFC Telford United. Did you noticed a lot of difference between these clubs ?

So I initially started my career under Rob Smith and Larry Chambers at AFC Telford United after playing a few games in the youth team, however after playing a few games in the first team I realised how tough it was to break into the 1st team at such a young age so went to Hednesford Town FC where I went on to play over 200 games.
And scored over 150 goals. But the difference between the two sides wasn’t too much then and the season before I actually left AFC Telford United they were both in the same league and there was quite a big rivalry between the two sides.

Your time by Hednesford FC was disrupted by injury, but once returned to fitness, your form improved to the extent that you was named Northern Premier League Premier Division Player of the Year for 2012–13. Were you surprised by that award?

Yes unfortunately during my time at Hednesford I missed almost a full season after rupturing my ACL during a pre-season game against Stafford Rangers. However after a full rehab program I was soon back to doing what I did best and the season I returned we won promotion to the National League North via the play offs after beating FC United of Manchester at Keys Park in a memorable day. In terms of been named Player of the Year for the Northern Premier League that season and named in the team of the year it was a great honour and since that I’ve also been recognised as one of the top 10 players ever to play in the Northern Premier League with some big names including Jamie Vardy.

In January 2014, you became a full-time professional with Conference National club Wrexham AFC. How important was that moment for you ?

In January 2014 I joined Wrexham AFC for an undisclosed fee and it was such an amazing feeling however it didn’t really work out for me first time round. The manager who signed me Andy Morrell left the club a few weeks after I joined, I then required surgery on a minor knee injury which didn’t help and I was also bringing a new born baby into the world so taking all that into my stride as well as trying to adapt to full time football was tough going and I was disappointed how it ended and have always said I have unfinished business at Wrexham AFC.

You signed for Chester FC in 2016, where you made 46 league appearances and 8 goals during the season. How was your time there ?

Following my release from Wrexham AFC I joined the manager who signed me Andy Morrell who was manager of Tamworth at the time and after a good season back in the National League North I made the step back up the following season and signed for another big top tier non-league club in Chester FC. A club with a good following and a good history and it was a season that started so well and around Christmas time we were flying high in the Play offs, we didn’t finish well that season just avoiding relegation but I certainly enjoyed my time at Chester FC.

Elliott, at the age of 29, on 17 November you made you first appearance in the Football League. How did you experience these match?

My first taste of EFL football came when I was 29 year’s old for Macclesfield Town. Following a tough start to the season which I don’t think we won for about 15 games the manager was sacked and I unfortunately had been side lined with another injury this time to my adductor. However on my return I made my Football League debut away at MK Dons in what was a very special moment for me and my family, a goal I had worked hard for so many years. It was a tough game as we weren’t doing great that season and MK Dons we’re flying and ended up getting promoted, but nevertheless a moment that will live with me for the rest of my life.

In 2019, you signed for York City FC. Why did you leave Macclesfield Town FC ?

In 2019 I signed for York City FC after leaving Macclesfield Town due to the well documented financial issues that the club had been going through for a few seasons. I had a young family and couldn’t run the risk of not been paid for Months on end which ultimately ended my stay with Macclesfield.

Elliot, you have played a lot of matches. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever experienced in a match?

The craziest experience was probably my last game for Hednesford Town FC, we were playing away at Bradford Park Avenue on probably one of the worst pitches I’ve ever played on. We’d just conceded an equaliser in the 92nd minute and I knew if they had one more chance they would probably nick it, so from kick off I thought I would get the ball as far away from our goal as possible. I took the centre with Neil Harvey and started running at the Bradford team and one by one I jinked past them and it just carried on opening up, so I kept going, I got past about 6 or 7 player and found myself just outside the edge of the area and let fly and thankfully it flew into the bottom corner. Queue the crazy celebrations, was a surreal moment but again one that will live with me forever and a no better way to finish my Hednesford Town FC career.

And what are your personal goals this season?

So I recently rejoiced Wrexham AFC in a move that I have been keen on ever since I left the club the first time. A huge club with a superb fan base who are very passionate about their club, amazing stadium and I go back with one goal; to get the club promoted from The National League back into the Football League after too many years in the top tier on Non-League.



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