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

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?

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?

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?