Team mates

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS - Southend mid­fielder Stephen McLaugh­lin -

Best mate at the club? That is Luke O’Neill. I hang around with him ev­ery day and he keeps me en­ter­tained. We both joined at sim­i­lar times and we get on pretty well. Last to buy din­ner? That would be our de­fender, Adam Thompson. He is a bit stingy when it comes to putting his hand in his pocket. He al­ways comes up with the money in the end, but he does not like do­ing it! He is hav­ing a great sea­son on the pitch, to be fair. Worst dressed at the club? I am go­ing to have to go with Ryan Leonard. He wears bright-coloured train­ers with jeans ev­ery day and it’s not good. I’d say Mar­cAn­toine For­tune is the best dressed. He has a lot of style. He gives it a go ev­ery day – he loves it! Dress­ing room DJ? That’s Ryan Leonard as well. He is the one in charge of the mu­sic. He likes to go for a bit of va­ri­ety and it is pretty good. It is largely up­beat mu­sic, to get us ready, and he doesn’t get a lot of stick from us be­cause it’s quite pop­u­lar. Late for train­ing? Nile Ranger strug­gles to get in on time. He of­ten sleeps in a bit. No­body is re­ally that late, maybe ten or 15 min­utes. It is your work­place, though, so the club likes to stay on top of it. Some­times, we get a bit of lee­way, al­though not too much. Teacher’s pet? That’s got to be Michael Timlin. He is a bit of a teacher’s pet. He hangs on ev­ery word the gaffer says and we all give him a load of stick for it. First on the dance floor? Luke O’Neill loves the dance floor. That is what I mean when I say he keeps me en­ter­tained. He loves a bit of mu­sic and he likes to think he is good. I don’t like to get up there too much – I am a safe two-step­per. If the drink is flow­ing, then ev­ery­one is up there, how­ever. Most likely to dis­grace them­selves at the Christ­mas party? There are a few peo­ple who are a mess but don’t go home. They al­ways stick it out. Jason Demetriou went home early at our one the other week, which was a sur­prise. He might have been tired be­cause we went to Manch­ester af­ter a game. It was a very good night! Worst tat­too? Si­mon Cox! He has got one on his back which is just aw­ful. I don’t even know what it is. It’s some sort of cross with some­thing through it. I don’t think he likes it, ei­ther. Jason Demetriou has some nice ones on his arm! Par­tial to a sunbed? There were a few boys who were on the sunbeds be­fore the Christ­mas party, al­though I don’t think I should name names! I reckon Si­mon Cox likes a sunbed. He is a bit tanned when I come to think about it. I must get on to him for that! Go­ing to make the best man­ager? I think Adam Bar­rett will be­come a good man­ager when it’s time to hang his boots up. He is a clever bloke and a good leader, too. It’s not the sort of thing I am in­ter­ested in do­ing, but I have a long time left play­ing, hope­fully.

Michael Timlin

Si­mon Cox

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