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The players that wear the Green shirt 2011-2012
1 GLENN MACKETT
Of all the youngsters to emerge from our youth set-up, Glenn is the one we are most proud of after he accepted the challenge of taking over as club skipper whilst still a teenager. Glenn followed the class act of Mark Valler as Sunday captain and very soon became the natural choice to lead us on Saturdays as well. Several years of constant success followed with Floodlit Cup, Weald of Kent, Charity Trophies, Bodkin Cup and of course League Cups and championships but a difficult period ensued with many established players trying their hand at a higher level or sadly jumping ship. The 2008-2009 campaign was frustrating for Glenn both with the enforced struggle to rebuild and his own injuries but he was one of a handful of Green players picked to represent the Kent County League representative side. 2009-2010 saw the club finish as runners-up on no less than four major fronts but it was felt progress was being made and it was clear a prolific scorer was needed to enable us to clear that final hurdle.
Internal awards include Patrons Award for Excellence (1998), Chairmans Award for Endeavour (2002), Saturday and Sunday 1st Player of the Year (2003), Clubman of the Year (2006). In addition, Glenn was voted Ashford Sunday League Premier Division Player of the Year in 2003. At the 80th Anniversary Dinner, Glenn was presented with a Lifetime Service Award.
Born locally in May 1983, Glenn is a Taurus who speaks his mind and, whilst occasionally upsetting people with his on-field bawling, always leads with pride and passion. Before settling down with the Green at a young age, Glenn drifted with spells at Chelsea, Wimbledon, Whitstable, Kennington and the now disbanded O’Briens. At the end of the 2009-10 season, Glenn had amassed 484 senior appearances and netted 216 goals. He has since passed 500 senior appearances for the club with the only current player exceeding the figure being Lee Milton. Images of the event at the Imperial China Restaurant are on the website main pages and Bonus Photos.
Glenn admits to not being a good spectator on the sidelines when he is injured and would rather be gambling or playing golf as he gets so uptight watching. A Manchester United supporter when they are winning, away from the game he enjoys listening to Cold Play or Stereophonics while his favourite film is Oceans Eleven and top TV programme is Only Fools and Horses. Other things Glenn is partial to are red wine, steak and reading Mens Health.
Along with his ‘better half’ Kirstie, Glenn’s favourite holiday destination is Las Vegas. Having stayed loyal to lead the Green out of what can politely be called a dip in fortunes by our own high standards, Glenn is in tandem with the Executive’s ambition to progress into the Kent League which will stop the traditional loss of many of our best players. Last season we are marked the 80th anniversary of the club and Glenn played a major part in the year-long celebrations. There has naturally been lots of memories, nostalgia and exaggerated stories of the ‘good old days’ which should never be forgotten but it is to Glenn’s great credit that he has earned the right to be spoken of in the same breath as revered former club captains Tommy Stafford and Gary Holloway. But for now there is a serious job to be done as we return to the top flight on Saturdays and retaining the title on Sundays. And how we would all love to see Macca lift the cherished Weald of Kent Charity Shield one more time next Good Friday! It would not only send the message that we are clearly number one in the area again but also illustrate that loyalty in our game can still bring priceless rewards. [Last update 11 July 2011]
2 RYAN SMITH
Able to perform with equal effect at the back or in midfield, Ryan is about to start his fourth full season at The Green having joined in March 2008; and is another young player that we have put our faith in to bring back the glory days. Born locally on 14 December 1989, Ryan’s record at the start of the 2011-12 season shows 155 appearances with 39 goals.
Previous clubs include Kennington and Lydd Town while on Sundays Ryan formerly wore the colours of local Division Two side [now Premier] Churchills. Honours in the game include a Weald of Kent Charity Shield winners medal with the Lydders while, as a youngster at Kennington Juniors, Ryan won the East Kent Youth League title three times and twice helped to win the League Cup. Ryan has adapted quickly at senior level and the club is very proud to see him alongside Rocky, Craig and Matty in the Kent County League Representative squad. At The Green he won the Sunday 1st Players Player and Saturday 1st Managers Player in season 2009-2010.
A keen Liverpool supporter, Ryan was part of the all-conquering Saturday and Sunday first teams in 2010-2011 although his dreadful disciplinary record towards the end of the season left much to be desired. Particular likes in his life are clubbing with his mates, playing pool, listening to music and spending time with his family…but it is football all the way with Ryan! Main dislike is … vegetables … lol. Favourites for Ryan are The Sun newspaper, ‘The Hurricane’ film and R&B or Garage music. For holidays he prefers ‘anywhere with family and friends’, drinks ‘Fosters Top’, while steak and chips followed by bread and butter that ‘tops it off’ figure highly in food favs.
Like the rest of us Ryan wants the club to continue to improve facilities and somehow work with the local authorities to ensure Kent League football. As the pre-season for 2011-12 gets under way, Ryan is training with newly-formed Ashford United. [Last update 11 July 2012]
3 CRAIG SMITH
Craig has established himself as the Green’s first choice keeper over the past three and a half seasons and, refreshingly in this age of little stability in the game, sees his role as long-term, playing a part in the club’s future both on and off the field. A Liverpool follower, born locally in November 1985, Craig’s previous clubs are Lydd Town, Ashford Dynamo and Hythe & Folkestone League side Essembee. Whilst he had won Sunday League and Cup awards in the lower ranks before joining us, Craig yearned for the top awards and gathered the lot in season 2010-2011. On a domestic front, Craig is very proud to have been chosen as the Managers Player of the Season 2008 for the Saturday first team. He was selected as the Sunday First Managers Player in 2009-10 and by the start of the 2011-12 campaign had made 195 appearances with one goal. Craig is very ambitious, initially aiming to become first choice goalie for the Kent County League Representative side, and then if all goes well he would love to play semi-pro for the Green in the Kent League.
Away from the game, Craig likes to drink Cider or Coca Cola and also enjoys American sports and socialising with friends. His one major dislike – ignorant people. When watching the small or big screen, comedies are Craig’s choice with Waterboy and Prison Break amongst his favourites. Favourite food is pizza, New York City comes out top as the place to visit on holiday, while Craig has mixed tastes in music … but usually plumps for R&B.
Craig, who managed the successful Under 16 side during 2008-09 in partnership with trainer Tony Williams, and received the Nicola Kingham Memorial Shield for Manager of the Year 2009, would like to see the club have more Fun Days and general club events. Craig is one of a new wave of younger personnel in the club who are passionate about bringing back the glory days: “I am looking forward to helping Bromley Green get back to what it is used to…I want to be a major part in it!” Craig has recently moved home which will restrict his playing mostly to the Saturday Firsts for the coming 2011-12 campaign. Steve Mailey has signed Matt Dorsett for the 2011-21 season. [Last update 5 September 2011]
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