Player Profile – Dave Golding
NAME: David Golding
TEAM: 7s (Captain)
POSITION: 10ft circle in the middle!
BIRTH DATE: 14/8/72
BIRTH PLACE: Fulham
PREVIOUS CLUBS: how long you got?!
1. Tell us who you are outside of the club. What do you do, how would you describe yourself?
Left school at 14 and became a blacksmith, started my own company in 1999 and have a great team working with me.
Outside of work, been coaching kids football for 12 years on & off as well as running various football teams from under 18 to Vets.
Unfortunately most winters I’m found falling down some remote mountain covered in snow with a board strapped to my feet, so I normally end up missing a fair amount of the season (or not depending on the uk weather!)
2. How did you end up at Merton FC?
My good friend Steve Burchell had been asking me for a few years to join, but for one thing or another, could never commit. Finally the planets alined and he managed to get me signed up, only for him to get picked for a different squad… go figure!!
3. What was your best moment in your MFC career till now?
Been a few in such a short time, as playing in the 7s is an absolute blast, scoring in the same game as my son Billy in a friendly is one, but I would guess it would have to be scoring from ’48’ yards (apparently!) and made all the more better as I beat Malcolm to the shot! (And by all accounts it was Billy or got the assist)
4. If you could play for a professional team,which would be it and why?
Either Spurs (as I’ve been a fan since the early 80s) or Madrid/Barca (given the chance, who wouldn’t?)
5. Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
Wore my socks inside out in a London schools youth tournament in the 80s, finished top scorer and we won the tournament, so oddly enough done it since.
6. Lastly, share us your goals/expectations for the season.
As we’re the newly formed 7s and there wasn’t any expectations at the start, we as a team, believe we can finish top 4. Which would be remarkable seeing as we had no preseason or knew who played where and how!
Goals, seeing as I’m now playing the holding midfield roll (sort of!!) I would be happy to finish with 5 (that’s including any goals for the 6s, friendlies & even own goals!!)
Merton – tough one, as there’s a core of regular players that are stand out ‘team players’, will play anywhere and not fuss when substituted or don’t start.
Favourite team in the UK:
Favourite team outside the UK:
Childhood Hero: Paul Gascoigne
Favourite Food: Chicken & Rice
Favourite Drink: Guinness
Favourite Band: all depends what I doing.