Focus on: Alex Ramsay

Alex Ramsay Ident
Nicky John

Nicky John

Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015, 11:21

Cup fever returns this weekend on Sgorio, as a trip to Montgomeryshire awaits our cameras ahead of the derby match between Caersws and Newtown which will be shown live on Sunday at 12:45 on S4C.

As well as the live game, you’ll also be able to catch highlights of the following matches between Bangor v Conwy Borough, Cardiff MET v Airbus UK, Caerau Ely v Carmarthen, Holywell Town v Aberystwyth and Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant v Rhyl.

In a round which is full of potential shocks, Llanrhaeadr who currently sit 5th in the Spar Midwales League, are the lowest ranked team left in the competition. However, as we’ve seen recently, anything can happen in a cup match!

Rhyl defeated Goytre United in the last round with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Nathaniel Cars league Side, and ahead of their trip to Powys, Nicky John caught up with someone who won’t have too far to travel to this away match – Rhyl ‘keeper Alex Ramsey.

A weekend of Welsh Cup action is upon us, and the Lillywhites travel to face Llanrhaeadr. A little bird tells me that you have links to the village?!
I do indeed. With a number of my close friends and girlfriend living in Llanrhaeadr I spend a lot of my weekends in the village. It’s also only 5 miles away from my hometown Llanfyllin.

Who do you think your girlfriend will be supporting on the day?! Has she been able to give you any inside info on the club?!!
She’s been telling me she’ll be a Rhyl fan on the day but i’m not sure if she’s been saying the same thing to the locals! It’ll be whoever is winning, I’d imagine.

What do you know about your opponents?!
I know an awful lot about the club and players – having had a few Saturdays free this season I’ve managed to watch Llanrhaeadr about 6 or 7 times already. My Best friend Joe Vaughan is currently captain of the club, so I’ll be texting him in the week for some info for sure!

Which of your own team mates do you predict will be ‘one to watch’ during the game?
I think Carl Lamb will have a big impact on the game having come in and performed well in the last couple of matches.

If you make it into the next round, who would you most like to meet in the quarter finals?!
I think we’d be happy with anyone at home, bar TNS.

You began the second phase of the season with a win against Prestatyn last Friday. There are 9 league games left, what are your goals as a club?
With winning on Friday and Carmarthen dropping points at the weekend against Bangor, I think 7th spot is definitely achievable.

Playing in Europe is both a personal and club goal this season, so we’ll continue to push on in the league.

What has been your highlight so far this season?
Having not had the best first half of the season there haven’t been many highlights, but coming back from 2-0 down against TNS was a great point to get.

… and which game has disappointed you most?!
It’s never nice loosing to your old club, so getting beat 6-1 away to TNS early on in the season was the most disappointing.

Who is the best player you’ve come up against?
I think there have been a few good performers against us this year, but off the top of my head Neil Mitchell from Newtown has done well this season.

I played with him at Caersws a few years ago and thought he would be a good signing for a Welsh Premier League club then.

What’s your favourite away trip in the league?
Bangor or Prestatyn away is always a good game to play in as the atmosphere is great.

What do you do when you’re not playing football?
I’m currently the U16/U18 Goalkeeper Coach at Swansea City FC.

Best match you’ve ever been to see as a fan?
Without a doubt, the Liverpool v AC Milan Champions League Final in 2005.

Who is your football hero?
I always enjoyed watching Joe Hart at Shrewsbury when I was there as an Academy player.

Do you have any superstitions or rituals when preparing for a match?!
I try not to, but always seem to be putting my boots and gloves on left foot and hand first.

Tell us a random Alex Ramsey fact…
I would probably say I enjoy playing and watching cricket more than football… But don’t tell Greg Strong that!