Alan Russell is a fine player for Rhyl FC Youth in the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League.
Unfortunately injuries have blighted his career to date and he deserves a change of luck. He still has plenty of years ahead of him.
Please name all the teams you have played for?
Conwy Borough, Llandudno Junction, Llandudno, Oldham, Rhos United, Glan Conwy, Rhyl FC.
What position did you play when you started and do you still play in that position now?
I originally started my playing career playing right back for Mitch Morgan at Llandudno aged five and slowly progressed my way forward as my pace slowly begun to show and my ability to score goals led me to being the striker I am today.
I believe you have had a difficult time with injuries, please tell us about them and what kept you going in frustrating times?
Well the frustrating times are happening again as I suffered a tear of my LCL and MCL in the game against Henllan so I am now back in a leg brace for 4-6 weeks after only being back for two games after suffering a spiral fracture of my tibia and fibula two and a half years ago away at Denbigh. Football is and always has been a big part of my life so the only frustration is not being able to play.
How do you feel the season is going for Rhyl FC Youth?
Frustrating times for the lads because there is heaps of potential at Daniel Brewerton’s disposal but results just haven’t gone their way at times leaving them quite adrift down the table. Inexperience can be put down to some but the lads are starting to play some attractive football so it will be nice to end the season as high as we can finish and hopefully pick up some silverware for Dan’s hard work.
Last weekend you became the first team to reach the quarter-finals of the NWCFA Junior Cup with a 5-3 victory over Henllan (with you scoring twice). Do you feel this is a cup you can win?
Anyone can win any cup, all depends on how you turn up on the day but I believe the way the lads are playing football now we will be in with a strong chance with all our cup runs remaining this season.
Describe the best goal you have ever scored?
Best ever goal … there has been a few goals throughout my career I’ve enjoyed scoring but it has to be my first as a junior for a young Llandudno Junction for Andrew Roberts. First game arriving at the club and I was taking a corner which happened to enter the goal and I was just stood there in amazement when the lads starting running towards me celebrating, I just didn’t know what to do with myself haha.
Most goals in one match?
Off the top of my head I think it could of possibly be about 9 or 10, there used to be some high scoring fixtures in junior football
Hardest opponent faced?
I would have to say a French team that came over to play against us when I was playing for Llandudno as there was an abundance of young talent there and was a nice experience to see the difference in how countries set up their academies.
Best player played alongside?
There are many talented players I have had the pleasure of playing alongside but I will have to go with Charley Kemp who unfortunately never followed his potential within football and pursued a career in the Royal Marines. His ability to slow play down in the middle of the park and create chances out of nothing was sublime, wasted talent if you ask me.
Ambition as a footballer?
Doctors told me that I wouldn’t be able to play football again after my tib and fib and friends and family aren’t happy that I’m back even now with my knee injury, but my body will eventually show me that it’s time to stop, so if I can help anyone with my experience up until that point comes then I will be happy, then probably take up a role in coaching.
Last thing you watched on TV before starting this interview and was it any good?
Working from home with my leg brace so I put Loose Women on in the background to replicate my other half’s moaning so didn’t feel like I was home alone J
Away from football, what are your favourite hobbies?
I also enjoy cycling which was my rehabilitation sport after my ankle fracture, so much I cycled from North Wales to South Wales for Tenovus Cancer Care.
What do you think of the set-up at Rhyl FC? You must be impressed by the excellent Belle Vue ground?
The set up at Rhyl FC this season is ongoing, a late surge from the lads is priority at the moment looking for promotion back to the WP but also looking at further years to come, the ground here is well maintained in all fairness (credit to the groundsman) considering we have turf it would be nice to gain funding to have a 3G pitch like most Welsh Premier League clubs, but we will see what next season brings .. Hopefully some joy for the hard work put in by individuals.
Favourite food and drink?
Favourite food is a tough choice with being a fatty because I just love all kinds of food, the other half will tell you that. Favourite drink has got to be a Brockmans gin and ginger ale with a touch of Chambord … It’s a winner!
Do you watch live comedy? If so who is your favourite?
Being a fellow Scotsman I will have to say Kevin Bridges, the guy is only a little bit older than I am an I can relate to a lot of his comedy although I’m also a fan of the likes of Micky Flanagan and Peter Kay etc…
Do you have strong feelings on Brexit?
Yes as I lost a large amount of profit in my BT shares when the pound slumped haha, but in all honesty not really, I think the country will be run by an idiot whoever is in parliament, there all just chasing a pay cheque at the end of the day.
What radio shows do you enjoy listening to?
I’m an old man trapped in a young man’s body .. cant beat Smooth FM
Favourite holiday destination?
Florida and Mexico .. I’ll send you some snaps next week when I’m there J
Did you put weight on over Christmas and have you shifted it since?
I have been putting weight on slowly but surely since my ankle and not participating in sport but Christmas saw a big turnaround for me and I’ve shifted two stone and counting.
Who in the world would you most like to meet?
Margot Robbie .. I’ll leave that there.
Source : DailyPost