Cheltenham
The Cheltonian > Articles

Cheltenham Town

Tony Symonds speaks to Robins Club Captain Steve Elliott...

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional footballer,
playing week in, week out for a Football League club? This month, we bring you the next in our series of our exclusive player interviews which delve deep into the world of the first team squad at your local
club, Cheltenham Town FC.

Q. What was your first impression of Cheltenham?
A. Cheltenham is really lovely place. I’d heard a lot about it, especially being centre of the Cotswolds and with the famous Racecourse too.

Q. Favourite restaurant in Cheltenham?
A. I would have to say Nandos as it’s where the team and I have been before our FA Cup games this year. They always look after us well.

Q. What do you do to relax after a game?
A. Spending time and relaxing with my family or going out for a meal.

Q. What music do you like?
A. Not like your stereotypical footballer, I’m a big fan of heavy metal music! My favourite band at the moment are Avenged Sevenfold.

Q. Do you have any other favourite sports? If Golf, what do you play off ?
A. Like a lot of footballers, Golf is my next favourite sport. I have a handicap of 10.

Q. Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
A. My dad. My family have always supported me with football since I was a child.

Q. Best player you have ever played with?
A. When I was at Derby County in the Premier League, I played along side an Italian player called Stefano Eranio. Stefano represented Italy many times and won three Italian league titles and the European Super Cup with AC Milan.

Q. Toughest opponent?
A. I have played against many great footballers but the one who sticks out the most is Gianfranco Zola who was playing for Chelsea when I was at Derby. The toughest opponent I’ve played against recently is Adebayo
Akinfenwa who plays for Northampton. He’s like a rock!

Q. Quickest player at the club?
A. Kaid Mohamed.

Q. One for the future?
A. Marlon Pack has all the ingredients to play at a much higher level. As long as he keeps his head right, I think he’ll go a long way.

Cheltenham Town are Gloucestershire’s only professional Football League club, one of 92 in the country and you can be a part of the action. For news, fixtures, tickets and more, visit www.ctfc.com

Photograph by www.thousandwordmedia.com