Team mates

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - Ben Wil­liams Bury goal­keeper

Best mate at the club? As goal­keep­ers we largely stick to­gether, but I was at Brad­ford last sea­son with Greg Leigh. I have known him longer than any of the lads here. I was at Crewe with Tom Pope, too, and it is al­ways a big help when you know some of the guys. Last to pay for din­ner? We have an ex­cel­lent fines scheme and there are quite a few lads who are sup­posed to con­trib­ute of­ten – but it does not mean they do. Tom Pope is in charge and I know he has great dif­fi­culty get­ting money out of Leon Bar­nett. We have fines for peo­ple who get nut­megged and peo­ple who put the ball over the fence. Worst dressed? It’s a harsh vote and it’s prob­a­bly to do with the fact that he has young kids, so he is up early. He trav­els to train­ing and wants to be com­fort­able, but Tom Pope. Let’s put it down as leisure wear, not smart­ca­sual. He loves a track­suit and beanie hats! That is his favourite and it’s not good. There is also Ja­cob Mel­lis, who has a lovely pair of beige ripped jeans… Dress­ing room DJ? Lately, we have had a mix­ture. Our fit­ness coach, Jamie Hes­keth, does a bit, but Jer­maine Pen­nant has been bring­ing in his mix­tapes. He does a lit­tle bit of house. There are not so many golden oldies, though he is one of the older ones now. Jamie throws in the odd mix-tape but Jer­maine has got it for now – it’s easy lis­ten­ing. Sometimes a lit­tle bit of Bob Mar­ley – and Tom Pope does a lovely ren­di­tion. Late for train­ing? We are all very good, though we do have some ex­perts at get­ting in just one minute be­fore the dead­line. Greg Leigh lives three min­utes away and we have to be in for 10am most days. So, he leaves at 9.56! Teacher’s pet? That’ll be Ryan Lowe, who is in a player-coach role. Some days he is in the train­ing squad and oth­ers in a dif­fer­ent kit. He is prob­a­bly the clos­est one, as well as Antony Kay, who is the cap­tain. First on the dance floor? In terms of not be­ing afraid to show a few moves, I would have to go for Jer­maine Pen­nant. He likes a laugh in the dress­ing room and puts on a bit of a show for the boys. He is prob­a­bly the jester! Most likely to dis­grace him­self at the Christ­mas party? We went up to Leeds for the week­end last year. It is hard now be­cause so many play­ers travel and, when you have a few days off, some like to go home. It was a good week­end and I think Tom Pope is the one I’d look out for. He is never shy if there is any trou­ble! Worst tat­too? Antony Kay has a weird Indian chief on his chest. Need I say more? Who will be the best man­ager? Ryan Lowe is the ob­vi­ous one – and he will be good – but I am go­ing for Antony Kay and Tom Pope. They would be great – they have a good un­der­stand­ing of the game.

Ja­cob Mel­lis

Tom Pope

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