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 Port Talbot’s old faithful, Lee John.
Lee, this is your tenth consecutive season representing Port Talbot – you also hold the club record for most appearances. That’s quite an achievement!
Yes, it’s been 10 great years and I’m looking to add many more appearances to my name in the future.
What have been some of the highlights you’ve experienced over the years?
Reaching the Welsh cup final in 2010, although we lost the game we still qualified for Europe that season by finishing third in the league.
We also beat Swansea City in January 2007 2-1 in the F.A.W Premier Cup at home. Swansea had beaten Sheffield United away in the F.A Cup the previous weekend and played a very strong team against us. We scored the winner in the final minutes of extra time. Great way to win a cup match.
What are your thoughts on the first phase of this season? You probably didn’t start out the way you would have hoped to, but performances and results certainly improved during the latter part…
With the squad we have, I feel we’ve totally underachieved as a team this season so far.
We’ve had a decent run recently, but pressure is really on us now to finish in the final European play off place.
What do you do when you’re not playing football?
I spend precious family time with my wife and two children who are also very busy in different sports and activities.
I also enjoy training for local triathlons and completed the Mumbles Triathlon last year. I’ll be competing there again this summer, as well as in Llanelli and Porthcawl
What was the first football match you went to watch as a fan?
Swansea City V Britton Ferry at the Old Road. A pre season friendly and i’ve been a Swansea City supporter ever since.
… and your first football kit as a child?
Swansea City sponsored by BP
Which of your team mates is best company on a night out?!
I’ll have to say my partner in crime who has his testimonial this year Leigh De-Vulgt, We’ve had a few laughs along the years and many more to come.
What’s your favourite Welsh Premier away trip and why?
Aberystwyth has always been a good hunting ground for me in terms of results. They have a good pitch and there’s always great support from the local people as well as the students.
Which of your team mates do you most admire?
Duane Saunders is one of the nicest people you could ever meet, a true gentleman. He has had some setbacks with injuries but has kept himself involved and is now the club physio.
In terms of opposition, which players have most impressed you?
Sam Finley has been outstanding this season for The New Saints so far and so has Chris Venables at Aberystwyth.
Have you been surprised by any teams this season?
Newtown have definitely surprised a few people. They have a young team, have lost influential players and changed managers mid season and still earned a top six place. That was a target for many clubs this season.
Who is your football hero?
I’ve never really had one, but you have to look at someone like Ryan Giggs – to be at a huge club all these years and still be playing at 40 is an incredible achievement.
Plus he’s Welsh!