Pro­mo­tion was spe­cial – es­pe­cially at my age

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Andy Oakes. What team are you in­volved with?: Poyn­ton Foot­ball Club. Po­si­tion: Cen­tre mid­field, cen­tre for­ward, bench – whichever is deemed more ap­pro­pri­ate. How long have you been play­ing for?: For Poyn­ton – 10 years. What do you en­joy most about it?: Play­ing com­pet­i­tively to a good stan­dard with the best group of lads you could wish to meet. Real fam­ily at­mos­phere and gen­uinely good fun. Do you train all year round?: Dur­ing the sea­son we train once a week as a club, twice a week in pre-sea­son. I tend to try and keep my­self tick­ing over all year round. Where do you train?: Poyn­ton Sports Club. What do you en­joy the most about your sport?: The most en­joy­able thing for all of us is hav­ing a team that is con­sis­tently one of the best in the league and that’s down to all the hard graft and ded­i­ca­tion that not only the play­ers put in but all of the man­age­ment and peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with the foot­ball club. It’s a very so­cial club and ev­ery­one meets up out­side of the club to go out and have a few beers etc, which is great. Where and when do you meet?: Train­ing is on a Tues­day night usu­ally at the club. Out­side of that, any sports so­cial usu­ally starts at the sports club and goes on from there. What is the best thing about Macclesfield?: Sense of com­mu­nity and down-to-earth na­ture of the peo­ple who live there.

What is the worst thing about Macclesfield?: The traf­fic. What is the most mem­o­rable sport­sre­lated thing to have hap­pened to you?: Pro­mo­tion last year into the top di­vi­sion was pretty spe­cial – es­pe­cially at my age (35). What has been your great­est sport­ing achieve­ment?: Play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally – very briefly. Do you play any other sports?: Golf at Bramhall Park – I’m a bit er­ratic but there’s noth­ing bet­ter in the sum­mer.

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