Focus on: Jonathan Hill-Dunt

Nicky John

Nicky John

Monday, 11 Nov 2013, 11:50

Sgorio reporter Nicky John has been getting to know some of the players and managers in the Welsh Premier League to get an insight into what makes them all tick.

The first player to answer Nicky’s questions is Prestatyn Town goalkeeper, Jonathan Hill-Dunt.

What does Jon Hill-Dunt do when he’s not on the football pitch?
I tweet! But seriously, I’m a support worker. I support lads who have learning disabilities, working mainly with people who have Autism.

What’s your earliest football memory?
My earliest football memory would have been watching the 1994 FA Cup final at home, with Manchester United beating Chelsea 4-0 and then watching the World Cup in the USA.

Do you have any pre-match rituals/superstitions?
I always drive the same way to matches and put my left boot on first and my left glove, but I’ve no idea why I do this!

Which person in football do you most admire?
Within our league I admire Gareth Wilson a fair bit – although if you heard us talk to each other, you’d think we hated each other!! – he’s won the league 3 times which he likes to tell everyone!

He’s just been made assistant to Neil Gibson which is a great appointment by the club. He’s won everything within the league and knows the league inside out. He’s well respected by all the lads at the club and he’s a fantastic role model for both the current first team lads and also the young lads in the reserves and on the fringes of the first team.

One of his greatest traits is his modesty, he will never take a compliment he will always look at ways he can improve. He’s a top bloke, will always listen to you and will go out of his way to help you with anything he can. I honestly couldn’t speak any higher of him!

What is your proudest moment on the pitch to date?
Winning the Welsh Cup last season.

By far the proudest moment in my career, closely followed by beating Metalurgs in the Europa League. Playing in the Europa league was also a great feeling.

Who in the dressing room has the best and worst dress sense?
Best dress sense is me … obviously … with a few lads coming close!

The worst is Chris Davies! His dress sense is outrageous. We went to Liverpool recently and he wore a Burberry print shirt!

What is your favourite venue to play at away from home, and why?
Bangor is one I look forward too, it’s a class surface and I normally play quite well against them, it’s also normally a pretty good crowd when we play Bangor so it’s a decent atmosphere and you also get a bit of banter from the fans, which I enjoy a lot.

Which opposition side have impressed you most so far this season?
Airbus have impressed me and they do every time I see them to be fair.

They are a very physical side and can play as well which is always a good mix, they press really high which is tough to play against at times.

They will be the side who will push The New Saints this season in my opinion, but that’s not saying we or anyone have given up and are playing for third place.

If you could play outfield for a day, what position would you choose?
I’d play upfront if I could and re-live my teens. I used to play as a striker until I was 14 so I’m a frustrated goalkeeper!

What are your hopes for the rest of the season?
Hopefully getting off the bench for a while!! I hope we can qualify for Europe again and also to retain the Welsh Cup.

If you could trade places with someone for a day, on or off the pitch, who would it be and why?
I’d like to swap with a DJ for the day, I’m big into my house music and DJ a little bit myself. But I’d love to experience playing music to thousands of people in a club or a festival.

Tell us a random Jonathan Hill-Dunt fact.
I was on Sir Alex’s Most Wanted a few years ago which was on Sky1. It was a programme looking to find any players that had been released from clubs and get another chance.

I didn’t come near to winning, but I trained at Man Utd’s training ground at Carrington for a few days and met Sir Alex which was a great experience.