We spoke to Supporters Club man Adam Bridson to discuss ‘The Lions’ this week, as TT build up to Saturday’s game at Plainmoor:
Before we discuss the team, tell us a little bit about yourself and your involvement with the GAFC Supporters Club?
I have been watching Guiseley since 2005 and it has been a great ride since then, there’s nothing I look forward to more than watching the Lions whether that be at home but particularly away. I am a Committee Member of Guiseley AFC Supporters’ Club and have been a part since it was set up a few years ago with my Dad who is also a keen follower of the club and a Committee Member. As part of my role I run their social media, help out at events and edit the website.
Let’s cut to the chase here, tell me what’s gone wrong at Nethermoor this season?
It’s been a traumatic season to say the least, we have seen four managers at the helm, two permanent, and several players come and go. I think the problem has been the amount of players we have had on the books since the summer really, before the season started we had 26 registered players but we have also had some really nasty injuries which meant additional resources needed to be brought in.
Elliot Green is yet to feature for us this season and has just gone out on loan as he returns to fitness and another example is Danny East who hasn’t featured since September with an ACL injury, they are two players who could have had a positive effect on our season. Another problem has been the constant changing of management but in both cases the right decision was made to part company with Adam Lockwood and then Paul Cox.
How’s your recent form been leading up to the match at Plainmoor?
In terms of results not great, we have only won once in 2018 and have two draws to add to that this calendar year. The performances however in the last two games have really picked up, we were incredibly unfortunate not to bring home a point from Bromley and then would have beaten FC Halifax Town at home on Saturday had the referee not sent off John Rooney in a case of mistaken identity. Those decisions prove very costly and could be even more costly come the season’s end.
Our former boss Paul Cox lasted only 5 months with you, give us your thoughts on him?
Paul is a really nice guy who always found time to speak to the supporters and was always open and honest with us. To hold a ‘Meet the Manager’ in the middle of a 7 game losing streak shows he did care and wanted the best for us. For whatever reason it just didn’t work out here, there is no denying that he is a good manager just look at his previous record and that says it all really. It will be interesting to see where and when Paul’s next move is after what must have been a difficult few months for him at Nethermoor.
How’s interim manager Sean St Ledger doing in the job, and could he take over permanently?
The results have been much the same really but when you consider he hasn’t signed a player and he’s been in the role for just over a month now the performances of late have really started to turn around. It is possible he could be given the job permanently and he has some great contacts from his playing days, the players have trained at Leicester City’s training ground en-route to the last two away games which must have been a great experience for them.
Which GAFC players should we be looking out for this Saturday?
Will Hatfield and Alex Purver are two of our key performers and most consistent players, they will battle hard in the middle of the field. Dayle Southwell too can change a game for us and if John Rooney’s red card is overturned then he has been in great form of late.
Relegation looks inevitable (we know the feeling), what impact will it have on the club and will you be able to bounce back?
Sadly it isn’t looking too good for us given recent results. Hopefully it will have a minimal impact on us, we historically aren’t a Vanarama National League or even a National League North club really, it’s only the last few years we have enjoyed a rise through these steps of non league. Bouncing back will be a hard task, the National North is full of good teams, just look how close the title race is this season and there’s possibly going to be the addition of Altrincham from the Evo-Stik Premier who are a good team too. If we are relegated hopefully we can bounce back and it won’t take us too long to do that.
TT have been backing the #ReclaimTheGame campaign, how do you rate your current owners?
Our current owners have been on board for a long time now and they have really backed the club generously. Without them we wouldn’t be where we are today and I think every single Guiseley fan is grateful of their continued support. They really see a long term vision in Guiseley AFC and hopefully this continues for years to come.
What’s the away support like for the ‘Lions’, will you bring many down on Saturday and what’s your favourite terrace chants?
Our away support may be small in number but it is large in character, loyalty and friendliness. That’s why I look forward to away games so much, you get to see new places and spend you day in great company. We have a catalogue of songs that come out throughout a game at Nethermoor so it is hard to pick a single one to be honest with you!
And finally, we simply must get all 3 pts against you, what’s your prediction for the game at Plainmoor?
We must get three points too! I am going to go for a 2-1 Guiseley win, a repeat of last season will do nicely for me but hopefully we can keep 11 men on the pitch this time. Come on you Lions!
Thanks Adam for kindly answering our questions, and I wish you a safe journey down to sunny Torquay and back this weekend…just don’t take any points back with you!