Player Profile – Ed Plaistow
NAME: Ed Plaistow (AKA Scholesy)
POSITION: Manager/Left Back
BIRTH DATE: 3rd July 1986
BIRTH PLACE: Carshalton
PREVIOUS CLUBS: Tooting Eagles
1. Tell us who you are outside of the club. What do you do, how would you describe yourself?
I’m a Quantity Surveyor who works for a multi-discipline Cost Consultants based in Croydon. I class myself as a hard worker who is willing to put the time and effort in all I do to succeed…..even with Merton!
2. How did you end up at Merton FC?
I used to play in the Price Georges Youth Football League in Morden for a team called Tooting Eagles (managed by Clive Roberts who some might know from his time at Merton). After competing at U16 level it was time to move on with a number of us, including my brother Dan Plaistow, selected to represent the league against Merton. I’m not sure if it was the 1st XI we were competing against however we did manage the win! I liked what I saw and the camaraderie of the players and I haven’t looked back since.
3. What was your best moment in your MFC career till now?
I would have to say leading 5th XI out in a SAL Cup final. Unfortunately we lost in extra time albeit against a strong Polytechnic side a number of leagues above us!
4. If you could play for a professional team,which would be it and why?
Would have to be the mighty reds of Manchester! Been a fan literally all my life.
5. Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
Funnily enough I have none!
6. Lastly, share us your goals/expectations for the season.
Unfortunately we were relegated last season so this season improvements need to be made. On paper were are in an easier league however with the first few results you would think otherwise. We are working hard to determine where we are going wrong and I have no doubt that once that first win comes that it will be one of many and we will hopefully be title challengers. A good cup run would be a bonus too!
Player of the season (at Merton, or in professional football):
Childhood Team: Manchester Utd
Favourite team in the UK: Manchester Utd
Favourite team outside the UK: Don’t have one.
Childhood Hero: Paul Scholes
Favourite Food: Indian
Favourite Drink: Jack & Coke
Favourite Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers