Focus on: Cledan Davies

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Nicky John

Nicky John

Thursday, 6 Nov 2014, 12:41

Nicky John has been chatting to some familiar faces from the Welsh Premier.

This week, she speaks to Aberystwyth defender – and part time goalie (?!) – Cledan Davies…

What has been your highlight of the season so far?
Going on a run of 7 games unbeaten in the league. It was a great start for us, and was good to see Aberystwyth at such a high position in the table.

You recently played in goal against Newtown – what was that like?!
It was different! But I did enjoy it very much and would be prepared to go in goal again if the situation came about.

Have you played in goal before? Where did you learn your goalkeeping skills?!
I sometimes go in goal during training for a laugh, but it’s nothing serious. I think the last time I probably played in goal was for Tregaron under 16’s!

Which game or result has disappointed you most?!
Losing 6-3 in Newtown – that really hurt us as a team. That was also our first loss of the season.

Which teams have stood out to you so far this season?
Bala and Carmarthen. Bala are stronger this season and are second at the moment and playing good football.

Carmarthen lost a lot of players to Port Talbot during the summer but they’re still in the top 6 and will give any team a challenge.

What about players you’ve come up against. Who’s impressed you?
I’ve always thought that Alex Darlington is one of the best players in the league. He always scores and plays really well for The New Saints. Also, Kieran Smith at Bala. He had a great season last year- and I also had a difficult game against him recently!

What’s your earliest football memory?
I remember going to watch Liverpool v Blackburn in 1996 – it was a goalless draw!

I also remember Liverpool beating Newcastle 4-3 that same season. Those are my earliest football memories.

Which of your team-mates are the best company on a night out. Any stories you can share with us?!
We usually all go out as a team – we went on an end of season trip to Swansea a couple of years ago and Siôn James was back in bed by 10pm! Haha!

What do you do when you’re not playing football? What’s your job?
I work in the National Library of Wales, digitizing old newspapers and magazines by putting them online.

What’s your favorite away trip in the WPL and why?
I like playing at my old club, Carmarthen. I have a great relationship with them, it’s a local derby and it’s also only about half an hour away from home for me!

Who is your football hero?
Steven Gerrard, without a doubt. The number of times he’s got Liverpool out of a hole and scored some fantastic goals… Well, I’ve lost count. He’s a proper hero!

If you could have any 3 guests over for dinner, who would you invite?!
Steven Gerrard, Denzel Washington and also Cheryl Cole, for obvious reasons!

What would be on the menu?!
I’m a fan of Indian food, so that would be my choice.

Are you superstitious? Do you have any particular pre-match preparations or rituals?!
Not really, but I do like to get to our home games nice and early – I’m usually one of the first to arrive, but I’m not sure whether that’s superstitious?

What music do you like to listen to ahead of a match?
I like listening to the speech given by Al Pacino from the film Any Given Sunday during the day before the match. The words are fantastic.

In the dressing room, Chris Venables is in charge of the music and we always listen to Macklemore – Can’t Hold Us before going out to play a match.

How will the table look at the end of the season, do you think?!
1. TNS
2. Aberystwyth
3. Airbus
4. Bala
5. Carmarthen
6. Newtown
7. Port Talbot
8. Rhyl
9. Cefn Druids
10. Bangor
11. Connah’s Quay
12. Prestatyn