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 chats to Prestatyn coaching assistant, Gareth Wilson.
How would you assess the season so far, Gareth? Disappointed to find yourself in the bottom 6 after some of the highs you experienced last year?
Yes, very disappointed with results this season and being in bottom 6. We have played really well in lots of games, having lots of possession and creating many chances.
However, we’ve made far too many mistakes which have cost us a victory or points in several games over the season.
What have been the positive points for you so far this season?
The main positive for me this year has to be my appointment to assist the manager. Gibbo (Neil Gibson) has been great with me, really supportive and is a very knowledgeable manager, with a clear philosophy of how he wants to play the game. He has allowed me to develop as a coach and I have learnt so much from him within such as short period of time – and long may it continue.
You’ve plenty of experience within the Welsh Premier league. What have been some of your proudest moments?
There are too many to mention, the Welsh Premier league has been kind to me in terms of success.
Winning the Welsh Cup with Prestatyn has to be the most satisfying, we had been on a long journey up the leagues and for the whole of the club – from the volunteers through to the supporters – they have all deserved such a special moment.
Also, playing in Europe on many occasions along with winning the league and cups several times. However, My proudest moment would have to be my testimonial match at Rhyl 6 years ago, where I celebrated 10 years playing at Rhyl with my friends and family. Great time and memories.
Which ex-team mates do you most keep in touch with?
My close friends are George Horan (Chester ), James Brewerton (Bangor), Steve ‘Jolly’ Rogers (ex Welsh Prem legend!) and Lee Kendall (FA England).
They are all great lads who I would trust my life with.
What do you do when you’re not playing football?!
I am a PE teacher in Wrexham.
Jon Hill-Dunt mentioned earlier in the season that you’re one of the players he most admires at Prestatyn. What about you – who stands out to you?
Within Prestatyn we have many ex- professionals who constantly aim to do the right thing all of the time, whether it be preparation or know how.
However, Michael Parker has probably the best attitude, work ethic and is a genuinely nice lad.
What about opposition? Which WPL player(s) have impressed you so far this season?
I have said for years that Chris Venables is one of the best players in the WPL, and this season once again he is showing his true potential.
Jamie Mullan looks like a bright prospect at TNS and I feel Anthony Miley at Bangor has been outstanding at the back – calm and composed.
What was the first football match you attended as a fan, and what do you remember of it?!
I attended an Everton v Spurs game when I was about 8 years old and have been hooked on Everton ever since.
Who at Prestatyn Town is the best company on a night out?!
Tommy Holmes – he’s one of the funniest lads at the club/league; he’s the best dancer, best singer and has the worst gear – that’s what he tells us!
However, he is a great lad and has a very infectious personality and always seems to be messing or winding people up, which I like.
Talk us through some of your match day preperations…
Throughout the week I will obviously train, but will also do lots of short sharp running (because I am slow and old). When it comes to Thursday I basically relax and drink lots of water, just prepare as a player and make sure all players are clear on tactics/formations which will enable us to win the game on Saturday – I reinforce Gibbo’s tactics, his plan ‘a’, plan ‘b’ and plan ‘c’, depending on who we playing.
What’s your favourite away trip, and why?
My favourite trip used to be Llaneli, great pitch. Now I like playing at Bangor, there pitch is the best in the league and Bangor fans have always hated me as player, which always adds a little spark to my game.
Who is your football hero?
Roberto Baggio, he is probably the opposite end to the spectrum to me as a player. But I genuinely used to love watching him play.
Current hero would have been Paul Scholes – up until last season anyway.