Bris­tol City raid a tyre ware­house for their lat­est sign­ing

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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.

Great fun

“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

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