Player Profile – Charlie Hockless
NAME: Charlie Hockless
POSITION: Centre Forward
BIRTH DATE: 18.02.1992
BIRTH PLACE: Paris
PREVIOUS CLUBS: PSG Academy, Rutland Fc
1. Tell us who you are outside of the club. What do you do, how would you describe yourself?
I am a senior analyst for a valuation/data company in the shipbroking industry. This basically entails providing data and valuations for financial institutions, owners and brokers within shipping. Outside of work I enjoy going out, going to gigs and watching sport. I’d describe myself as easygoing and always up for a laugh.
2. How did you end up at Merton FC?
Was a Nottingham Uni with Tom Rowe who, after seeing my finishing prowess at powerleague, said I should come down to Merton once back in London.
3. What was your best moment in your MFC career till now?
Probably coming on for my first appearance this season 3-2 down against IBIS, winning the foul for the equaliser then scoring an audacious first time volley from outside the box into the top corner to win it for the men in yellow with 5 mins to go, sending the away end (our subs bench) into raptures and celebrating with a double knee slide in the corner. Wish I could remember the celebrations in the Wandle after…
4. If you could play for a professional team, which would be it and why?
Chelsea. Spent my childhood idolising Gianfranco Zola, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, and Frank Lampard. Also to play for Antonio Conte would be an amazing experience.
5. Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
The no.15 shirt has been good to me this season, so I tend to grab that out of the pile as soon as possible.
6. Lastly, share us your goals/expectations for the season.
For the team- to end this season strongly. We’ve seen a huge improvement from last year and to finish in the top 3 or 4 would be a solid benchmark for future campaigns. Also to win our cup semi, I would love a cup final.
Personally- to keep getting on the score sheet and to stay fit.
Player of the season (at Merton, or in professional football): Siri, he’s having a huge impact this season. In the prem– N’golo Kanté.
Childhood Team: Chelsea
Favourite team in the UK: Chelsea
Favourite team outside the UK: PSG
Childhood Hero: Michael Schumacher
Favourite Food: Pizza
Favourite Drink: Guinness.
Favourite Band/Artist: Action Bronson