Bristol City raid a tyre warehouse for their latest signing
MEET Bristol City’s new number 12 – Craig Kenna. What, you’ve never heard of him? No, neither had we when the announcement came through this week – but that’s because he’s a 31-year-old who works in a tyre warehouse and plays as a defender for AFC Brunel in the Bristol and Wessex Sunday League.
But Kenna, a great nephew of Robins legend and prisoner of war Alec Eisentrager, has had a dream few days courtesy of the club’s sponsors Blackthorn Cider, who picked out a lucky season ticket holder as their competition winer.
He took part in the official team photo, led the team out at home to Bradford yesterday and will feature in the matchday programme throughout the season.
And he revealed he almost missed out on his chance in the limelight.
“It took me a while to realise it wasn’t a wind up, I was convinced it was one of my mates having a laugh,” said Kenna.
“But when they kept telling me it was true I couldn’t believe it and everything has been a bit hectic.
“From meeting the players and manager Sean O’Driscoll for the pictures to doing the media interviews like this it’s been great fun.
“I couldn’t have chosen a better time to have two weeks off work. My girlfriend (Sarah Hele) hasn’t been too pleased though.
“She’s just started maternity leave and I was meant to be painting the nursery for the arrival of our little girl. I couldn’t miss though – I’ve now got a really busy second week off getting it all done.”
So does Kenna fancy following in the foot- steps of his great uncle Alec, a close friend of Bert Trautmann, the legendary Manchester City goalkeeper who played on in the 1956 FA Cup final with a broken neck.
Eisentrager played for the Robins from 1949-58 and Kenna added:“To pull that red shirt on like Alec did would be incredible!
“I was quick to say to Sean now I’ve got a squad number I will always be available if there’s an injury crisis and we had a good chuckle about it.
“Sean and the players were great with me and my 10-yearold nephew Bailey who is City daft. It will take my friends, family and me some getting used to seeing my face in the programme each week!”
Legends: Alec Eisentrager and his friend Bert Trautmann in 1956 CITY SLICKER: Craig Kenna with manager Sean O’Driscoll and, left, centre stage in the team picture