Gilly: 'Fans Have Been Brilliant' - 3
Vital Colchester publishes in three parts the full transcript of the Dream 100 FM question and answer session with injury-dogged striker, Steven Gillespie. The former Cheltenham man arrived a year ago but his debut season was bighted by absence. Broadcast: 6/08/2009.
"Now Kevin Lisbie`s come in, I`m eager to see what type of player he is as he`s scored so many goals for Colchester already and see if he can do something together. But every time I`ve played with Clive Platt, he seems to run a lot of knock-downs and flick-ons, but it was petty mixed last season when I did play. I played with Scott Vernon a few times, so I know everyone`s got different qualities.
"I came back after having a little injury for the Carlisle game [last October]; there was a lot riding on that game for me personally because we were struggling, hadn`t got any results at the new ground. I was still eager to impress and I was playing against John Ward, an old manager of mine, at Carlisle at the time. He`d brought me to Cheltenham and I`d done really well for him, so it was demoralising.
Now Kevin Lisbie`s Come In, I`m Eager To See What Type Of Player He Is
"It certainly is difficult. If we get the odd day off and are not feeling too stiff or sore, there are a couple of lads who enjoy a game of golf. There`s a good golfing school at the club now and I play quite a lot with Perks. [David Perkins] It`s pretty close between us as well! Whoever loses has to buy the dinner that night - it`s good fun and I think socialising away from the club does help on a Saturday.
"Even the Chairman [Robbie Cowling] has been doing little things for me off-the-pitch to get me back playing as soon as possible. It does mean a lot, after the season I`ve had. When I get back on the pitch the fans are still singing my name. I don`t think they realise quite how much of a boost it gives. I`d like to repay the fans more than anyone for getting behind me because it would be easy for them to get on my back. To get the support that I do, with fans coming up to you in the street, is brilliant."
To review the first part of the interview, click here.
To review the second part of the interview, click here.
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