Focus on: Declan Walker

Declan Walker
Nicky John

Nicky John

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014, 10:00

Nicky John has been chatting to some familiar faces from the Welsh Premier. This week, she chats to Bangor City’s Declan Walker

Dec, it’s probably fair to say it’s been a pretty tough season so far. Have you been surprised at how much of challenge it’s been?
Yes, it’s been a challenging start. I keep thinking I’m in a nightmare, because with the players we have in our squad, we shouldn’t be where we are.

What’s changed this year?
We’ve been terrible as a team in a few games, but then there have been times when we’ve been very unlucky too.

When you’re down at the bottom you don’t always get that little bit of luck which you might get when your flying at the top.

Which teams have most surprised you?
I’d say Cefn Druids as they’ve started so well in their first season back in the Welsh Premier.

What about some of the players you’ve come up against – who’s been the biggest challenge?
I think you’d have to say Chris Venables given all the goals he’s scored.

Bangor are well known for being one of the best supported teams in the league. How much of a support have the fans been?
It’s great playing at home in front of a good crowd every week. But now we need to start winning games and pay the fans back.

What’s your earliest football memory?
I remember sitting in a dug out with my brother, watching my dad play.

Who works hardest in training?
Joe Culshaw always works hard, and Johno always thinks he’s boss in training, but he’s probably up there for being the worst with me!

Which of the lads are most likely to need looking after on a night out?!
It’s got to be lolo Hughes on the evidence of the few times we’ve been out together!

What’s your favourite away trip?
That’s got to be Rhyl because of the atmosphere, and because it’s a derby.

First car?
I had a Renault Clio, and it’s safe to say it had a few bumps by the time I was finished with it!

Favorite band or musician?
It’s got to be Ed Sheeran, I would love to see him live.

What do you do when you’re not playing football?
In the summer I love playing golf, and in the winter its all about keeping warm, watching box sets and films.

Favourite film?
Shawshank Redemption has got to be up there, but me and Jamie Petrie love Pitch Perfect, we always have the CD on in the car on the way to football. Can’t wait for the second film to come out next year, haha!

Who’s your football hero?
Duncan Ferguson was my hero, but my favourite player of all time has to be Zinedine Zidane.

What’s at the top of your Christmas wish list?!
To get Bangor off the bottom of the table!

Want to predict how the table will look when the league splits?
1. TNS
2. Airbus UK
3. Aberystwyth
4. Bala
5. Port Talbot
6. Newtown
7. Carmarthen
8. Bangor
9. Rhyl
10. Cefn Druids
11. Connahs Quay
12. Prestatyn