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 GAP Connah’s Quay ‘keeper, Terry McCormick.
You’re one of only 15 players in the league to start every game this season. What have been your highlights?
That’s not a bad stat, I’ll remember that come contract time! The season started great for us with wins against Bala and Bangor but it’s probably the win away at Port Talbot recently, it gave us a bit of belief and stopped the rot.
… and the low points?
How long do you have?! It’s been a long tough season, well middle third anyway… Bala away was certainly the worst moment for me ona personal level for obvious reasons!
Which player this season do you think has tested you most between the posts?!
There are several, Christian Doidge of Carmarthen has been excellent as have Ryan Wade and Tom Field at Airbus, Sam Finley at TNS is very good but Chris Venables is top class.. Plus he always seems to score past me.
Several new faces joined the club in January, how much of a boost has that been?
The lads came in when we were really struggling, they have obviously made a massive difference. Some great quality in Sean Smith, Luke Holden and Gary Roberts who should still be making a living out of the game.
It’s just about staying up this year and then hopefully build on it for next season. We have signed some strange lads though it’s like the Starwars café now in the changing rooms.
Who would you say inspires you as a goalkeeper?
It’s more from when I was growing up but Neville Southall and Peter Schmeichel were class and were the best ‘keeprs in the world at one time. I also always admired Shay Given as a shorter goalkeeper too.
Which of your team mates do you most admire?
It would probably be our assistant manager, Jay Catton to be honest. He’s great for the academy, nothing is to much trouble for the kids, he seems to work every hour of the day with a massive smile on his face – with our academy being one of the best in Wales he is surly destined for bigger things.
What’s your favorite away trip? Do you enjoy going back to Maes Tegid?
Judging by results this year I’d say not, some great lads there but playing on that pitch is a nightmare.
Favourites would be either Bangor or Port Talbot, two great clubs with a great fan base for this level. I enjoy the banter, although there is one bloke at Bangor who just stands by the goal and shouts at me for 90 minutes, which is a little strange.
Who do you travel with on away days?
To be honest I travel alone as I live out of the way, but due to playing the same teams every few months I do travel with Peter Hoy, Ryan Fraughan and Sam Finley when we play each other.
What’s your ‘day job’?!
Until recently I was a college lecturer however I am now an account manager at gap personnel recruitment. A bit of a change but I’m enjoying things so far.
What’s your favorite football memory from childhood?
It would have to be Everton winning the FA cup in 1995 and big Nev catching crosses with one arm, even as a 35 year old he was class for us.
What was the first football match you attended as a fan?!
I’m not sure to be honest, it will be Everton in the early 90’s as my dad used to take me and my two brothers to every home game for years… Although back then it wasn’t quite as enjoyable as it is now with relegation battles each year!
One that stands out will be the Wimbledon game when we stayed up, it was pay on the gate back then and we didn’t get in but I remember the day like it was last week..
Finally, if you could have your pick of any 4 defenders in the world infront of you, who would you chose?!
Leighton Bains and Danny Alves at full back with Kompany and Chiellini centre halves for me. Flying full backs and two monsters in the middle to look after me.
Finally can I just wish my little mate Jamie Petrie a speedy recovery. He’s a top lad and no doubt will be back playing in no time, better then ever.
Here, here Terry. We all wish Jamie well.