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This page of the site is dedicated to interviews with players that Town will come up against throughout our Division 1 campaign.

First up under the Rothwell Town microscope is top of the table Ryhill's ball playing centre half Richard Hirst. We first met Richard under the name of 'Peck' on the West Yorkshire League site and have been chatting with him ever since, a couple of us went to watch him and discovered he is a fine exponent of the raking cross field ball. Heres what he has to say about stuff:




Name: Richard Hirst

Age: 27

Current Club: Ryhill/Havercroft Sports

Previous Clubs: Nostell Miners, Emley, Ossett Albion, Ponte Colleries Worsborough Bridge

Position: Centre Half

Nickname: Olive (off Popeye)

Club supported: Liverpool




How did your team do last year?

Finished Second in Division 2 Won the League Cup


How do you think your Club will fare in Division 1 this season?

I think top 3 would be great for us


What do you think of the standard of football in the Division as a whole?

Compared to division 2 its a lot faster and a lot more quality Players Playing.


What are your predictions for the top 2 and bottom 2 this year?

Sandy Lane, Kellingley         &         Featherstone, Ripon


What are your teams main strengths and weaknesses?

Strengths - Defensively sound, strong upfront.

Weak - Goalkeeper


What are your own personal strengths and weaknesses?

St - Two good feet, strong in the air.

Weak - Very morngy player at times, so temperament is a weakness


What is the best game you have ever played in?

Home Debut FA Cup 1st round qualifiers for Emley. Won 2 v 0.


Who is the best player you have played with?

Carl Tiler ex Barnsley

Played against Ben Thornley in a pre-season friendly for Emley. He absolutely raped me (not literally i hope, pro footballers and all that - ed). They brought another player on for us at left back and moved me to Centre-half. Second half went up for a header with Wayne Alison (AKA The Chief) He broke my nose and I had to be taken off.


Who is the star of the show at your Club this year?

Scott Horsfall (Striker). Superb touch. Class Player


What is the best thing to happen at your Club in recent seasons?

Complete new sports centre and facilities


If you could change one thing about your Club, what would it be?

Have the pitch close to the Bar


Who is your manager and how does he measure up to the task?

Lincoln Woods, does well, ex Scarborough Player.


How do you rate your Clubs pitch and facilities?

Facilities Superb, pitch needs re-doing but not bad!


Who do you think has the best facilities in the league?

Us so far, not played anywhere else really, heard Ripons set-up is good.


What has been your best moment as an amateur footballer?

Selected to represent Yorkshire in a tour of Germany. At 16.


What is your best moment as a Football fan?

England Stuffing German 5 v 1. Gerrard what a player.


And youre worst?

Losing to Germany at anytime. Pens World cup and European Champs.


What is the best game you have ever seen?

Liverpool v Man U Charity Shield. Millennium Stadium.


What is the best goal you have ever seen?

There are lots but most of them belong to Robbie Fowler when at Liverpool.


What is the best goal you have scored?

Best Ive scored was against Ossett Albion Res for Emley reserves in the Semi Finals of the league cup. 1 a piece, 5 minutes to go and we were given a freekick 35 Yards out, 15 yards in from the right hand touch line. Hit it has hard as I could. The ball went straight into the top left corner and stuck in the stansion.


Who is the best player in the world in your position right now and why?


Thats a tough one but Ill have to go for Scumchesters, Rio Furryhands.  Cool Calm and seems to have stopped making a  f*&k-up a game like he did at Leeds.


Thanks to Richard for taking the time to be our Sleeping with the Enemy guinea pig. Watch out for more interviews in the coming months.