Sgorio reporter Nicky John has been getting to know some of the players and managers within the Welsh Premier league to get an insight into what makes them tick!
This week, Nicky catches up with Carmarthen Town’s Christian Doidge.
Christian, you’ve scored a fair few so far this season – most of them with your head! Which goal has been your favourite?!
Would have to be the goal against Connahs Quay. I was having a tough time in front of goal that day and we went down to 9 men, so it was nice to get the equaliser in the last minute.
Which team performance have you been most proud of so far?
There has been a couple. We’ve had some great comebacks but the home game against Bangor stands out for me.
How do you prepare before a game?
Me, Tez (Cortez Belle), Bass (Kyle Bassett), Fowls (Paul Fowler) and Matty (Collins) often go for some breakfast before we meet up with the rest of the squad, but when we are at the ground I like to just chill out and listen to music.
Which of your team mates works hardest in training?!
Other than Smudger (Neil Smothers) putting all his cones out…. It would probably be Iestyn Evans. He works his socks off every week, and loves a tackle on the 3G too.
Football isn’t the only team sport you’ve been involved in, is it?
When I got released from Bristol Rovers at fifteen, I was absolutely devastated, so I needed to start a new sport which would keep my mind off it.
I started playing basketball locally for Newport. After a few weeks I got scouted to play for my county and then after about a year I got asked to play for Wales.
I was lucky enough to represent them in a couple of tournaments. My favourite one was when I went to Malta to play in the European championships. There was a guy there who was seven feet tall. It was crazy!
Who is your football hero?
Ryan Giggs has got to be my hero. Being a proud Welshman he was someone I definately looked up to as a kid.
Who do you travel with on away trips, and what are they like for company?!
I travel to away games with Tez, Bass, Fowls and Matty. Great Bunch of lads. We have a good laugh on the way up North. We have the same taste in music as well which is a bonus.
What’s your favourite away trip in the Welsh Premier League?!
Bangor have a great ground and the pitch is always in good condition, but it’s a million miles away! So, I would have to say Port Talbot – it’s a local derby and the closest ground to my house.
What’s your day job?
I work for South Wales Police.
What was the first football match you ever went to as a fan?!
I’m not sure what the match was, but the ground was definately Ninian Park when Cardiff City were in Division 3.
What was your first football kit?
It was a Manchester United kit with Giggs on the back.
Which players within the league have stood out to you so far this season?
Luke Cummings and Kyle Basset for ourselves – both have been absolutely class this year, I don’t think we would have scored as many without them.
Sam Finley for The New Saints and Ryan Wade at Airbus UK have been good. There have been lots more, but they are the two that come to mind at the moment!
What’s the best thing about playing for Carmarthen Town?!
The banter with the boys – there are some really big personalities in the dressing room! You can’t switch off for two minutes with the likes of Guppy (Craig Hughes), Hanf and Fowls around!
On this day in 1924 Wales played Scotland in a British Home Championships at Ninian Park in Cardiff, in a rare occasion where both international captains were Cardiff City players