Staying with Kilwinning Sunday AFC this midweek, and in the company of Vice-Captain Sean Lundy, writes Tom Scott.
Many thanks to Kilwinning Boss Mick Howie for the photograph.
FULL NAME and POSITION (S) PLAYED AT KILWINNING AFC?
“Sean Lundy – Central Midfield/ Vice-Captain. I signed in June, 2019.”
WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION PLAYING FOR THEM?
“The Gaffer (Mick) had been pestering me for a while and it was always a gamble going to a new team , but Mick had sold it to me with what his vision was for the Club and where he wanted to be. For me, that sort of thing is few and far between in the Amateur game, and from the get- go, I could see Mick wanted to achieve things with the Club, which is ultimately what made me sign with Kilwinning.”
WON ANY HONOURS WITH PREVIOUS CLUBS?
“A few trophies at Youth level with League titles and what not. Played in a number of Cup Finals in my time at adult level , but rarely been successful. A big disappointment of mine to be honest considering some of the previous Clubs I’ve been at, and the Squads available at the time, but as I said previously it is something myself and Mick both want to achieve in the future.”
WHAT IS YOUR BEST MEMORY PLAYING FOR KILWINNING TO DATE?
“There have been a few- Scottish Cup Bus journeys which have been eventful, but I think my favourite memory has to be winning the Charity Cup with the Club. We went into the tournament as newcomers, and came without conceding a goal, and ultimately with a Trophy in hand.”
“For me, it was good to get off to a good start and after that we felt we were in with a chance of competing with the more established teams in the League.”
WHAT IS THE BEST PRANK/ WIND-UP YOU HAVE WITNESSED AT TRAINING OR DURING PRE-MATCH INVOLVING A PLAYER?
“The best wind-up I’ve heard was people telling me before our first Pre-Season game that Andy Halkett was a good football player, but we’ll move on from that!”
“The best wind up/lie that has been told at the Club was after a Scottish Cup tie. We returned to the Abbey Gates Pub for a few refreshments , and big Sam the Goalie was drinking straight vodka without any juice or what not. The following Tuesday, we went to training, Sam never attended training so I had told everyone there big Sam was drinking straight vodka that night because he had to keep money for his bus fare home. Sam returned the following Sunday and everyone had asked him if he got home okay from the night out etc.”
“He eventually caught wind of the rumour and ended up confirming that the lie said was in fact true, which sums the big man up to be honest.”
GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO THE MANAGEMENT STYLE OF MICK HOWIE?
“Mick is a very good Man-Manager. Players like myself need a cuddle sometimes and to be told you’re doing fine is something he’s very good at. Mick is still learning session by session, game by game, and some of the results we’ve had are no fluke. He’s very committed in what he does and, bringing Garry into the Coaching ranks has helped Michael as well.”
“Both Mick and Garry have come up with a style of play ,and how to approach certain opponents, and I think that will show when we eventually get back playing. Going forward, I think Mick has the capabilities to take us to a whole new level, and I believe we will be challenging in the coming seasons.”
Many thanks to Manager Mick Howie for the photograph.