Interview with Thomas from the “Cobh Ramblers Supporters Trust”
So my name is Thomas and I’m nineteen years of age and I’m a member of
Cobh Ramblers supporters trust, so they were set up the end of last season to help the club off the field and we all pitch in a tenner a month just to help out the club
So for the last 3 or 4 years I have been involved in the club, before that I was a fan since I was about 7 or 8 and so that’s basically it!
What got you into Cobh ramblers, why did you get into the LOI, cause a lot of people don’t really follow the LOI?
Yeah, I don’t know cause I always liked football, English football, or playing myself, I don’t know something just clicked. I liked the idea of representing Cobh on the national scale and it was something different, like not every town has a league of Ireland team and I thought its something you should be proud off
And you get involved with the people, there are very nice people involved with the LOI
There hasn’t been a lot of success for Cobh!
No it hasn’t been great the last couple of years, I mean there has been a few small things, like the under 19’s won the cup, the national cup, so things like that give you hope for the future that the club is going in the right direction, but I think this season will be different
(Two very curious young lads) What’s your name?
What’s your name?
And why do you like Cobh Ramblers?
Because I have been following them since I was three
And what about you?
My dad used to be living in Cobh Ramblers (sic)
How do you think 2016 will go?
I think they will win the league
Really, are you sure?
I think they will win the league too!
Who is your favourite player?
Adam O ’Sullivan and Jimmy Griffin
Jimmy Giffin! (sic)
Why is he so good?
Because Jimmy Griffin is my dad’s friend and Adam O ’Sullivan is my favourite player for the summer camp
And he is so cool!
(Back to Thomas) And what about yourself then, 2016?
Yeah I definitely think it will be a good season. Based on the first game anyway, based on the Shels game. I wasn’t at it but I heard good things, and with the players signed they definitely can compete in the division this year I think
You got off to a good start against Shelbourne (won away, 0-1)
Yeah Shelbourne are a handy side now and to get a win against them its not an easy game, could be a good start.
And what about tonight’s game, what do you think, against Drogheda?
They only beat Waterford 2-1 last week and no disrespect to Waterford but they are not the best team around so they are there for the taking to be honest,
Even when Cobh were not having the best times, this place isn’t easy to get 3 points
Of course Cork City must be your rivals I guess
Yeah they would be, but we don’t really play them other than friendlies so there is not much of a rivalry there
So the First division then who would you consider…
Probably Waterford, now we have Limerick in the league this year, but Waterford would be more of a Derby
And for this season players to look out for
Eh, I think the two Galvin Twins that come over from England, Evan and Cory
Yeah they are twins, they are very good so far, so I’d definitely keep an eye on them, they’d be moving on from here I’d say, going onto bigger things, the two of them, definitely.
And what would be considered a success this season?
I think play offs are a kind of a minimum and that’s what Hendo has set for the players, that’s his aim, Top 3, and if they get promotion that’s unbelievable. I think play offs are something steady to build on.
And what’s this Roy Keane, Cobh connection, explain that….
Actually he didn’t start his career here, he started his career with Rockmount up in the city and then, obviously he wanted to further his career, so he signed for Cobh to play league of Ireland
He was only down here a season, a season and a half, before he was spotted by Nottingham Forest
Yeah he still comes down, he was down here just a couple of weeks ago for one of the friendlies so he keeps in touch
Well who is a real legend of the team?
I suppose a lot of the 2007 team like of John Meade, Kevin Murray, Davon O’Neill, they are players that are fairly historic
And have you travelled to Dublin to support Cobh, have you travelled far and wide?
Oh I have been to Salthill, Waterford, Athlone, Dublin, yeah I have been all over the place, really
What was the best place you have been to?
Athlone was good, yeah Athlone back in 2013, a few weeks back into the season, it was brilliant, yeah
What can I expect tonight, my first experience to see Ramblers play?
It’s a good place, it’s a nice club, it’s a nice atmosphere, everyone gets on well
It’s a nice club, its great to be part of it and I think you will enjoy it
That’s great, thanks.
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