May 5, 2013 by Elliott Tunstall
The lads from GPSO News sat down to have a chat with ex-player and current Greenalls chairman Ken Magill. We spoke to him about his feelings on this current season and what direction he feels the club will go in over the next few years.
Q. Can you explain your affiliation and history with the club and what it means to be part of Greenalls?
Ken – I worked for Greenall’s Brewery for 22 years and first played for the Club in 1975. Cecil Rhodes once said “ To be born English is to win the first prize in the lottery of life.” To play for and be associated with Greenalls is much the same.
Q.How do you feel the season has gone overall at the club?
Ken – A little bit up and down. But at the start of the season we would have ticked the box for a Guardian Cup win and a Reserve League Championship.
Q. The Guardian Cup final was a momentous day for the club. How proud of the boys were you as they delivered the famous trophy against Runcorn and would you swap it for the league title?
Ken – Very proud indeed, not, just for the boys who were playing but for all at the Club and also those who over the years have made the Club what it is today.
Q. The club has seen a few changes over the season including Dave Bush taking over the first team with brother Jimmy as his assistant. How do you feel the two have worked and what have they brought to the club?
Ken – Obesity.
Q. Following on from that, Lee Webster’s reserves had an excellent season at Bennetts Rec. What does the Reserves achievements say about the strength in depth at club?
Ken – It says we are in a very healthy position. The Reserve team is a vital feeder team as well as a team in its own right and for the first time for years we have a group of lads who are capable of first team football. Competition for places is always to be strived for and I think next season it will be fiercer than ever.
Q. Finally Ken, how do you see the next few seasons going with the mixture of young players coming through and the experienced heads such as Paul Dobson and Mark Hughes in the first team squad?
Ken – We have always worked to the maxim “if you’re good enough you’re old enough” hence the arrival of the likes of Ben Slater, Lee Deakin, Jack Hynes and Danny Wilcock into the First team and Jack Trubshaw in the Reserves. A blend of experience and youth, provided they have the quality, is what most teams would like to have. I see the next few seasons as ones of progression both on and off the field. Greenalls is not just about the football but off the field long term camararderie as well. The Club also feels it has a social responsibility to the young up and coming players of Warrington to provide them with an opportunity when they are older to represent our Club. There is no more satisfaction to see the sons of former players wearing the green shirt. By the way Mark is only 18 and Paul Dobson is now 35.
The passion from Ken is there for all to see as he hopes to see his Greenalls team progress and return to the top of the Cheshire first division and maintain their tradition of being in amongst the trophies each season.