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FIVE MINUTES WITH… Derek Edwards

Derek Edwards

Name: Derek Edwards

Age: 19

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Occupation:
Student

Team: Whitestrand


If you were throwing a party and you could invite anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you ask around?

Stuck between Will Ferrell or Steve Stifler from American Pie. Both are more than welcome.


Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?

Usually head to Big Paddy’s to get the soup and see where it goes from there!


What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?

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Has to be Swilly Park during winter. During summer it’s like Old Trafford but come winter I wouldn’t even let the sheep near it.


Which character in any film are you most like?

Probably somewhere between Jay and Neil from the Inbetweeners films.


Any odd items in your kit bag?

There could be absolutely anything in it! Found a rotten banana in it before at a game one time. Didn’t give me the boost it was meant too


Who’s the biggest joker in the team you play for?

Has to be Ryan “ankle break” McCleary. In fairness it ranges from laughing at him and laughing with him but he has his odd moment of glory I’ll admit that.


Which team mate has the best looking other half?

It’s between Fisher and Dodgy, both are punching big time


Who is the worst/best trainer?
Best trainer would be probably Warren or big Liam and without a doubt the worst has to be McCarry! I’d say the last time he trained he was still playing underage for Rathmullan.


Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?
It would probably be Paddy Kelly. Always has the hair nicely gelled after a game.

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus? McGregor would be the best because he just sleeps no matter where he is so there is no hassle with him. McCleary would be the worst you’d swear something died in him by the smells he lets out.

Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include? Anthony Fisher would be the best and McCarry would be the worst – man lives on takeaways.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

To be honest I probably would have gave it to my brother David, any time I’ve played against him I’ve never been able to get near him! But not a hope would I give him the pleasure, so without a doubt Adrian Delap, he’s a different class.


Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?

Ah there’s plenty of brilliant ones, a lot too ignorant for here! But I remember I was a match down the county a bit I can’t remember exactly what match, but it kicked off late for some reason and the lad I was marking asked his manager what time it was, and when the manager replied, the lad shouted back ‘any chance I can come off, mum will kill me if I’m late for Sunday dinner’. It made my week, was absolutely hilarious.


Best manager you’ve ever played under?

Dara Patton at Rathmullan was a very good manager


Best ever performance?

It’s hard to rate your own performances, I’m normally just happy to win or try not concede any goals. I only ever scored one goal from play in my entire life so I suppose I may put that up there anyway, it was a big occasion.


One to forget?

Awh there’s far too many, playing for Kilmacrennan underage I remember booting a penalty a good mile over the bar, then giving away a penalty all in the space of a minute.


Sporting ambition?

Would be nice to bring something back to the Strand – the support is unbelievable!


When you were playing in the back garden, who did you pretend to be?

Was normally trying to be Wayne Rooney but normally ended up more like Emile Heskey or McCleary against Cranford.


If you were in charge of transfers, who’d be in and who’d be out of the team?

The team’s pretty strong at the minute in my opinion, a lot of results haven’t went our way but I can’t really see many ways of improving it! Rumour has it Reggie Miller is making a move to the Strand next year and I’m sure we will find a place for him somewhere on the bench.

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