Will Snowdon

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Who has been the biggest influence on your career?

Probably in my early days at 15/16 it would be Colin Suggett and Bryan Klugg the Academy coaches at Ipswich Town. I started off as a central midfielder but they moved me to play at the back where I have been since.

Your proudest moment as a footballer?

Winning the CIS Cup with Livingston. Although I never got on it was my first game back from knee reconstruction surgery after rupturing my ACL so to be involved was great. Although I got drug tested after the game and missed all the celebrations!

Biggest career disappointment?

I don’t have any. I have played at the highest level my ability and hard work has allowed, played against some top players and travelled all over the UK and parts of Europe playing football so can’t complain.

Best player you have played with?

I played in the same youth team as Darren Bent and he is the one who has gone on to do the most with his career representing England and a number of Premier League teams. Probably didn’t get the credit he deserved but the boy can finish.

The best goal you have scored?

There’s so many it’s hard to put the finger on one! But as you have asked it would have to be the header last season in the Scottish Cup replay against Elgin – Bullet!

The most important goal you have scored?

Same as the last one, to score in the Scottish Cup against a senior club is pretty special.

Your main strength as a player?

Consistency, don’t get many 10 out of 10’s but you know you will get a 7 or an 8 every week.

What attribute would you improve?

Finishing, I get into some decent positions but should score more goals, the penalties have helped over the last season or two though.

Do you model your playing style on anyone?

No, just get on with it and try to be as attacking as possible.

Toughest opponent & why?

Jermaine Pennant – At 18 years old he was rapid, strong and tore me to pieces!

Favourite ground?

Wembley, the home of football.

Least favourite ground?

Brechin, you could only ever get about 10 players in the away changing rooms.

 

Any thoughts on the pyramid and Lowland League?

The pyramid is a good idea as it gives clubs who want to test themselves at that level an opportunity and those clubs in League 2 who have been treading water for years a boot up the backside.

What’s your opinion on junior clubs in The Scottish Cup?

I think all the Junior teams should get into the Scottish Cup, in England all levels are able to enter the FA Cup. The Juniors have shown over the years that they are more than capable of playing at that level and a lot of the teams have better structures and support than a lot of the League 1 and 2 teams.

Best manager you have had and why?

Davie Hay was a great man and gave me an opportunity at Livingston. He had great people skills but was a double hard b*****d that you were scared of which is a trait I believe all good managers should have.

What’s your thoughts on artificial surfaces?

As a purist then football should be played on grass. However, they serve a purpose and allow the kids to play all day every day. Not only that at clubs like Spartans and Broxburn they are used for other activities and have helped in the overall regeneration of their clubs so they have their benefits.

Funniest thing you have seen on football field?

Paulo Di Canio pushing over Paul Alcock. I in no way condone this J but was a piece of comedy gold!

Do you see yourself staying in the game?

Yes, a few more years playing and I am going to take up refereeing, I think there is a need for referees who understand the game!

What’s your normal pre-match meal?

Cheese on toast.

Do you have any superstitions?

I pack my bag the same way every week and double check it every time to make sure I have all my stuff.

Any rule changes you would like to see?

Simplify the offside rule so everyone knows what’s going on.

The need to go off the pitch if you have had treatment, makes no sense if you have genuinely been injured.

Removal of 5th and 6th officials, complete waste of time.

What’s the main changes you have seen in football since you started playing?

Positive?

The improvement in technical ability of players makes it even better to watch.

Negative?

You can’t tackle anymore due to the European influence which is a shame as there is nothing better than a good fifty fifty.

Do the crowd influence you when playing?

Definitely, they can certainly lift you when things aren’t going so well.  We have the biggest and best support about and the players appreciate it.

Any advice for youngsters?

Work hard and run fast.

Are you any good at other sports?

I was decent at cricket, had trials for Essex as a kid.

If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?

Ability to read minds.

Which four famous people dead or alive would you have at a dinner party?

David Beckham

Nelson Mandela

Alex Ferguson

Gazza

 

Favourite film and why?

Usual Suspects. Just a classic that keeps you guessing until the end.

Top holiday destination?

Cali-for-nia, went there on Honey Moon with the first wife and loved it. If you ever get a chance to go to San Francisco and visit Alcatraz it’s a must see.

Worst item of clothing you own?

Just bought some flares for a 60’s fancy dress, not the best.

Who from the club would you have in your quiz team?

Ross Campbell – Takes photos so must be clever.

Stuart Hunter – Believe it or not comes across quite knowledgeable.

Ross Philp – Teacher.

Robert Sloan – Experienced.

Charlie(Kit Man) – He’s about 140 so will know loads.

Most “amusing” in the dressing room?

Nimmo and Jinky couple of nutcases.

And finally the best eleven players you have played with? 

Scott Christie

Erdum Artun

Titus Bramble

Stephen Moffat

Stuart Devine

Darren Ambrose

Ian Nimmo

Anthony Downey

Nicky Walker

Darren Bent

Chris MacFadyen

 

 

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