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FIVE MINUTES WITH… Lee Toland

Name: Lee Toland

Age: 26

Occupation:
Insurance advisor

Team: Letterkenny Rovers

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

Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?
We normally go to the Central Bar or the Station House.

What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?
Swilly Rovers in the winter was never tasty. Soggy boots and wet feet definitely.

Which character in any film are you most like?
Pumba from the Lion King, annoying and overweight.

Any odd items in your kit bag?
Nothing odd but I’m really superstitious so if its not packed a certain way I lose my mind. I keep a sponge because my boots have to be clean.

Who’s the biggest joker in the team you play for?
I’d have to try and say myself there. Emmett Friars loves it too.

Which team mate has the best looking other half?
If I don’t say my own I’ll be back in my ma’s. But no girls allowed on team nights out so I haven’t had a chance to see all the potential yet.

Who is the worst/best trainer? I’d say BJ Banda is the worst but he doesn’t know how bad he is. Davitt Walsh is the best trainer, plenty of miles in the tank yet.

Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?
Rory Kelly doesn’t mind the look of himself to be fair.

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus? Loners (Ryan Lonergan) is the best to sit beside, if you’re looking for foreign music he’s the man. Also very intelligent so picking his brain is great.

Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include?
Me easy. Love a good Chinese. The lockdown hasn’t help. Some timber to shift.

Toughest opponent you have faced?
Played against Ravel Morrison when I was younger, probably the most talented player I’ve ever seen. Tortured me.

Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?
Emmett Friars “It’s a 4-3-3 with a wig on”.

Best manager you’ve ever played under?
Have a lot of respect for both Eamon McConigley (Letterkenny) and Ollie Horgan (Finn Harps). Both managers have different qualities but have been great for myself on and off the field.

Best ever performance?
I honestly couldn’t tell you. Nothing stands out in my head.

One to forget? Played against Liverpool Under 18 and got ripped apart. Not even getting into it.

Sporting ambition?
To not end my career with regrets.

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

Ryan Giggs 100%.

If you were in charge of transfers, who’d be in and who’d be out of the team?
If I was in charge of Letterkenny at the minute I’d sell my house to bring Conor Tourish back. Nothing wrong with the players we have at the minute but the man trained and played like it was his last game. I’m delighted he got the move to ‘Stute.

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