Billy you chose to come from a club higher up in the league system, what is the main difference in the standard ?
Since coming to Sweden I’ve noticed that there is a very rigid Swedish way of playing football, and that seems to be the same even after dropping down 2 divisions. Teams like Ängby, Ekerö & Boo play exactly that same type of football as most of the teams in div. 2, however the biggest difference is the overall fitness of players and the quality in the final third.
What is your other favourite club apart from Långholmen Fc ?
Ha ha, apart from Långholmen… is there such a thing? Seriously though I’m a true Mancunian so it’s Manchester United for me all the way.
If you weren’t playing football on a Saturday afternoon what would you be doing ?
Oooh now that’s a tough one! Before I came to Sweden I’d spent 5 years travelling the world, and one of the most tempting reasons (aside from my girlfriend Anna of course) for settling down again was to start back up playing football. So I’d like to think that if I wasn’t out kicking a ball around in Stora Essingen then I’d have convinced my missus to join me on a beach somewhere in Central America, Asia or Australia! I’d still be kicking a ball around on that beach though of course… I’m sure Anna would make a top goalie!
Who has been the biggest influence on your football career to date ?
My old fella, he’s the one who had me kicking a ball when I was still in nappies and the one who passed on the religion of Manchester United to me. He wasn’t the most gifted of players himself though, a no-nonsense centre half, so I reckon I must’ve got the sport gene from my mum who was a very good athlete in her teens.
If you had the chance to have a pint with anybody in the world who would it be and why?
If the girlfriend would let me then it would be Kate Beckinsale, just to hear that gorgeous English accent for a while. If that was called off limits then my second choice would be King Eric… I was going to say Eddie Izzard but imagine the rumours if a transvestite comedian was my second choice!!!
Do you have any particular match day ritual you go through. Like for instance maybe you like to wear pink underwear on the way to a match ?
Well apart from the pink thong I do have a few other things I always do on match days. I eat a bowl of pasta and pesto 3 hours before kick-off, I have a strict getting kitted up routine, and I always start my warm up with this strange little right foot-left foot (in the same movement) passing thing.
What has been your favourite Långholmen moment so far in your short time at the club ?
We were 2-1 up away to bottom of the pile Bromsten and cruising, but we switched off at the start of the second half and then gave away a penalty. The referee had no choice but give our keeper Edwin his marching orders and from looking like we were on our way to a routine win, it felt to me that if they were to level the scores with the penalty then we were in for an almighty struggle and possibly our title dreams in tatters. With no substitute goalie on the bench we had no choice but to put the player in goal who could fill up as much of the net as possible, step up Stu Lascelles who then pulled out a wonderful diving save to his left and turned the penalty around the post. We regained our composure shortly after and went on to win the match at a canter even with 10 men, but for me that penalty save could turn out to be a defining moment in our push for the title.
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