Derryleigh One-on-One with Brian ‘Clemy’ O’Sullivan

Clemy
The second NTAFC figure to take part in the Derryleigh One-on-One is current Junior A team player, Brian O’Sullivan. This is your chance to get a bit more insight into the man known by everyone as ‘Clemy’.

Q. How long have you been associated with Newport Town AFC?
22 years, since I was a schoolboy player.

Q. What position do you currently occupy at the Club?
Junior A team Striker.

Q. What type of player were you as a schoolboy?
Midfield Maestro.

Q. What are your hopes for next season in NTAFC?
Junior A side to gain promotion to Div 1A.

Q. What professional soccer team do you support?
Man Utd.

Q. Who are your favourite professional players (both past & present)?
Past – Roy Keane; Present – Cristiano Ronaldo.

Q. In your opinion, what qualities make a player a good team captain?
Has to be a leader, doesn’t have to scream his head off during games but lets his feet do the talking.

Q. What takes up your time when you’re not at the Club?
My girlfriend Katelynn and work I suppose.

Q. Who is your favourite cartoon character?
Ned Flanders from The Simpsons.

Q. What is your favourite film?
Shawshank Redemption.

Q. What is your favourite band / singer?
Prodigy & Bob Marley.

Q. Do you have a special routine or superstition in general or before a game?
Have to have a good breakfast and a proper warm-up / stretch.

Q. Who is your favourite non-soccer sports icon?
Nelson Mandela

Q. If you could play at any sporting stadium in the world, which one would it be?
The Nou Camp in Barcelona.

Q. Messi or Ronaldo?
Ronaldo

Q. What other sport(s) do you love to play, and how would you rate your skills?
Hurling, on a good day 5/10. Football – a scoring machine.

Q. Best thing about living in Newport?
Being close to Limerick for games, a close-knit community and a good sporting town.

Q. What one word would others use to describe you?
Classy.

Q. Who (in your opinion) was the best player you ever played with?
My brother, Pete, for how easily he controls games.

Q. What is your favourite memory to date of being involved with Newport Town AFC?
Winning the Div 1A O’Halloran Cup in 2014 and the days out that followed.

Q. If you could change or bring in one rule in soccer, what would it be?
Definitely make the goals bigger.

Q. What’s the funniest or strangest thing you ever saw happen during a match?
There’s been lots! Ailbe Coffey nearly scoring a cracker against Knockainey and then taking half an hour to track back.

Q. Who has had the biggest impact on your soccer career?
My Dad, Denis, from under 8s to junior soccer he’s been at nearly every game.

Q. If you had one wish, what would you look to change/implement in NTAFC?
I’d prefer better training and players attitude towards training.

Q. What advice do you have for the younger NTAFC members?
Always train as hard as you’d play in a match otherwise there’s no point turning up.

Great stuff Clemy and thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Watch out for our next One-on-One in the coming weeks?

The Derryleigh One-on-One. Getting to know Ailbe Coffey

Ailbe Coffey
This new feature on our Club website & social media gives our members an opportunity to get to know some of the people in and around our Club. You might know their face but the aim is to get people more familiar with each other at the Club and to see what makes people tick and why they’re involved. As you’ll see, the questions are fairly light-hearted and fun and thanks to everyone who agrees to be interviewed. First up under the spotlight is Ailbe Coffey, who was recently granted the honour of being Grand Marshal in the Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This was in recognition of Ailbe being honoured by the Limerick District Schoolboy/Schoolgirl League in October 2017 when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to underage soccer in the region at the LDSL Annual Awards ceremony.

Q. How long have you been associated with Newport Town AFC?
Since I was a schoolboy player … 1986.

Q. What position do you currently occupy at the Club?
Club Hon. Secretary, Junior A and Youths manager.

Q. What type of player were you as a schoolboy?
I’m laughing here… I’d limited ability, but always wanted to be the best I could be.

Q. What are your hopes for next season in NTAFC?
Continuing to stay humble while developing our potential as a community resource.

Q. What professional soccer team do you support?
Liverpool FC – Red for Life

Q. Who are your favourite professional players (both past & present)?
Past – Ian Rush, Liverpool. ; Present – Messi, Barcelona. A privilege to have seen them play.

Q. In your opinion, what qualities make a player a good team captain?
Great Question. You can have many captains on the field, not just the one with the armband. The more you have, the greater the certainty of success. Great captains need to encourage, support, and enable all squad members to be at their best, with common goals and not settle for average. Staying positive, teach others to lead for themselves and never give up.

Q. What takes up your time when you’re not at the Club?
My work with youth brings me to many different communities far and wide, where I meet many great people. For relaxation, I like to watch TV documentaries, cinema, reading, enjoy nature walking, dogs but mainly I love going to sports games, e.g. Limerick FC, Tipperary matches, Ireland games especially away days.

Q. Who is your favourite cartoon character?
Looney Tunes, Foghorn Leghorn. ‘Fortunately, I keep my feathers numbered for just such an occasion.’

Q. What is your favourite film?
Dead Poets Society – especially Walt Whitman’s poetry. ‘Resist Much, Obey Little.’

Q. What is your favourite band / singer?
Rat Pack / Dean Martin.

Q. Do you have a special routine or superstition in general or before a game?
Most sports people do. I love a cuppa tea before games.

Q. Who is your favourite non-soccer sports icon?
Nelson Mandela & Mother Theresa

Q. If you could play at any sporting stadium in the world, which one would it be?
That’s easy… Croke Park for Tipperary

Q. Messi or Ronaldo?
Messi

Q. What other sport(s) do you love to play, and how would you rate your skills?
Pool. Average skills, but I can be very good on my day.

Q. Best thing about living in Newport?
It’s where I am from, it’s in Tipperary and there’s been some great characters here over the years and I’m glad to see, a few new ones coming on stream.

Q. What one word would others use to describe you?
I would hope they’d say, ‘Unassuming’

Q. Who (in your opinion) was the best player you ever played with?
Nicky English Jnr. He simply had everything. Head and Shoulders above everyone on any field.

Q. What is your favourite memory to date of being involved with Newport Town AFC?
There’s a joint two; You had to be there for this first one. ‘An end of season away match 3-2 win versus Shannon Hibs. An exhibition in overcoming the odds – Band of Brothers style’. Secondly, our O’Halloran Cup win a few years back – it was a great week.’ Both are very special memories.

Q. Who has had the biggest impact on your soccer career?
Mattie Lenihan and Joe Ryan. Brought me everywhere playing ball as a kid and helped me fall in love with the beautiful game.

Q. If you had one wish, what would you look to change/implement in NTAFC?
To coin a phrase, there’s a lot done, and more to do. However, it will always have the community and the children at the centre of our efforts.

Q. What advice do you have for the younger NTAFC members?
Enjoy sport, do your best and above all else, have fun with friends making memories. You’ll have them for life.

Thanks Ailbe for taking the time to answer the questions and to start the ball rolling on this feature. Next up for the One-on-One will be……….??