Player Profile – Darren Avey
TEAM: 5th Team
POSITION: Centre Back
BIRTH DATE: 12th June 1979
BIRTH PLACE: Maidenhead
Winchmore Hill (near Amersham) 1998-2008
White Horse Pub Chalfont St Peter 2008-2010
Player of the season (at Merton, or in professional football): Laurent Koscielny
Childhood Team: Arsenal
Favourite team in the UK: Arsenal
Favourite team outside the UK: At a push Real Madrid
Childhood Hero: He-Man
Favourite Food: Pizza & Curry (can’t pick between them)
Favourite Drink: Beer
Favourite Band: The Prodigy
- Tell us who you are outside of the club. What do you do, how would you describe yourself?
Outside of football, I’m a husband, father of two children and Finance Manager (accountant) at Sony, working for the UK Channels division. Generally speaking I’m a laid back kind of guy, and large video games and BBQ enthusiast always looking to find new ways to cook meat with fire.
- How did you end up at Merton FC?
Having just had the first of my two children, I was looking to join a club closer to home. I took my daughter to play at Joseph Hood rec and noticed 3 games going on at the same time. I made some enquiries and then started pre-season training in August 2010.
- What was your best moment in your MFC career till now?
October 2012 at Old Actonians, I was on the bench nursing a hangover, watching the team miss various chances and then come in at half time 1-0 down. I came on with about 25 mins to go and score two goals (from set pieces obviously) to win the match 2-1.
- If you could play for a professional team, which would be it and why?
As an Arsenal fan I would have to pick them. I struggle to play as other teams on FIFA.
- Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
I always get dressed in the same manner each week. I also try to sit in the same place in every changing room I go into.
- Lastly, share us your goals/expectations for the season.
Having started the season off so well, it would be great to bounce back with promotion, I’d like to score a goal or two and finally shave Luke’s beard off by the end of the season again.