IT’S not how he imagined he would celebrate his 20th year with Blackstone Rovers.
The 37-year-old father of one to son Callum comes from a very strong footballing family background. His father Tony, was a referee and was also founder of many clubs while his mother Ann and her family are members of Passage football club.
“I played centre half and soon realised that there was a big difference from schoolboys to AUL both physically and mentally. Thankfully though I had my brothers and lads such as Andrew ‘Fads’ O’Brien and Trevor ‘Chezzie’ Hartnett who looked after me both on and off the pitch.
“Our main rivals were Central Rovers and I had a running battle with Darren ‘Georgie’ McCarthy who was a thorn in my side and we loved kicking lumps out of each other. We now work together and look back with great memories.”
“Some players would describe me as a tough but fair player. I love a good tackle and have an honest attitude and I think refs have given me the benefit of the doubt over the years thankfully,” he adds.