THE WEEK THAT WAS

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - Yeovil Town mid­fielder

Best mate at the club? Ben Nu­gent. He came into the club around the same time as me and we’ve got on well ever since then. He is on loan from Cardiff at the mo­ment and we will def­i­nitely stay in touch if he goes back – but hope­fully he will stay on full time after Jan­uary. Last to buy din­ner? Hope­fully no-one thinks it’s me! I haven’t had too many nights out with the lads since I joined in July. I’m wor­ried now! The FIFA king? This is one crown I’m happy to take. But Ki­ef­fer Moore is also de­cent on it and so is AJ Leitch-Smith. They are both good play­ers. We usu­ally play with Man United, Man City, Barcelona – all the top teams. Cer­tainly no-one chooses to be Yeovil! There’s no Playsta­tion at the train­ing ground, so I usu­ally end up play­ing with a cou­ple of the lads on­line after train­ing. Worst dressed? Our goal­keeper Ar­tur Krysiak is the worst. You would have to see what he wears to be­lieve it. You could say it is a Euro­pean style of dress­ing – that might be his ex­cuse any­way. It’s hard to de­scribe, but he has some aw­ful jeans and gets a bit of stick from the lads. The dress­ing room DJ? Cap­tain Joe Ed­wards is nor­mally the one to get his iPod out. He plays a big mix­ture of tunes but it is usu­ally stuff that’s high up in the charts. He’s on the speak­ers be­fore games, which helps get us up for it. The most skil­ful? Def­i­nitely Joel Grant. He has got re­ally sharp feet and he is very tricky with the ball. He moves de­fend­ers around and does a lot of step-overs. He’s the stand­out trickster in the squad. Late for train­ing? Joel Grant again. He’s al­ways the last to get into the train­ing ground, although he’s not usu­ally late for the ac­tual ses­sion. We’re pretty good as a squad for our time-keep­ing be­cause there’s a fine sys­tem in place. You have to pay money into the kitty for the Christ­mas do if you’re late, so ev­ery­one gets in on time. Teacher’s pet? Gary John­son is ac­tu­ally a lit­tle short on vol­un­teers in that depart­ment. No-one in par­tic­u­lar is too keen on get­ting to the front with their hands up when it comes to drills! The worst tat­too? Calvin Brooks. He has a small half black, half white cir­cle on his back, which doesn’t look too smart. It could be a Ying-Yang sym­bol, but it’s so bad, it’s vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to tell! Never puts their phone down? Ev­ery­one’s on their phone most of the time, be it calls, mes­sages, Twit­ter posts. AJ LeitchSmith is the worst of­fender. Go­ing to make the best man­ager? Sam Fo­ley. He loves to play Foot­ball Man­ager on the com­puter, so I reckon he would know what he was do­ing. He’s on that quite a bit, a lot more than most of the other lads. He’s not said any­thing spe­cific about go­ing into man­age­ment when he re­tires to me, but based on his Foot­ball Man­ager suc­cess I think he would be good.

De­cem­ber 7 – 13

De­cem­ber 7, 1968: Billy Best scores five for Southend United in a 10-1 FA Cup sec­ond round win over Brent­wood. Three of the goals come in a three-minute spell – a record in the com­pe­ti­tion at the time. De­cem­ber 8, 1979: Neil Hood scores both goals for Clyde in their 2-1 vic­tory over Air­drieo­ni­ans. He then gave away a penalty which gave Air­drie their goal and sub­se­quently got sent off!

RON­NIE O’SUL­LI­VAN’S week has been a tale of two breaks and if it were not for Sh­effield United’s in­ter­ven­tion, it’s un­likely the Rocket would have achieved blast-off in York.

Snooker’s star broke a bone in his an­kle while out run­ning days be­fore the UK Cham­pi­onship – the sport’s sec­ond big­gest tour­na­ment.

But after re­cruit­ing the help of the Blades’ physio team, O’Sul­li­van has un­der­gone a mirac­u­lous re­cov­ery and no bet­ter was that il­lus­trated than on Thurs­day when he broke his own record to achieve his 13th per­fect break of 147 in a fourth-round vic­tory over Matt Selt, claim­ing a whop­ping £40,000 in the process.

“I prac­tice up at the Sh­effield United academy, so they’ve al­ways helped me mend in­juries there,” said four-time UK Cham­pion O’Sul­li­van.

“The phys­ios there like Nathakorn Piangcharoen and Tony Den­ton, they’re all top boys.

“It’s only an hour drive so I’ve been over there three or four times this week. I’ve had five dif­fer­ent ses­sions and they’ve put me on a rou­tine that I wouldn’t have dreamed of do­ing on my own. It feels re­ally good now.

“It’s a We­ber frac­ture – which is the best of all frac­tures to have – and it’s get­ting stronger and stronger with all the ex­er­cise I’m do­ing. I can walk on it but I can’t be do­ing any run­ning yet.”

Arse­nal fan O’Sul­li­van says his cheque will help pay the bills.

“It pays the tax, I’m bang in trou­ble – get the in­land rev­enue off my case,” joked O’Sul­li­van, who cel­e­brated his 39th birth­day on Fri­day.

“The mo­ti­va­tion to get them is not as high as it used to be and I knew some­where in the back of my mind the rollover was mount­ing up for the max­i­mum. Un­less it’s over 40 grand you won’t be get­ting a maxi from me!

“I worked my way into the match and it was a great end­ing. The ex­cite­ment never wears off.You get the adren­a­line. I al­ready had the record at 12 and I thought some­one would have to go some to beat that. But it’s al­ways nice to add to it and make it that bit more dif­fi­cult for some­one to reach.

“I don’t go out try­ing to do any­thing dif­fer­ently. It’s how I’ve played since I was young and how I al­ways will.”

CHRIS BAI­LEY

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

GET IN! Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van and his frac­tured an­kle, in­set

Ar­tur Krysiak

Joel Grant

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