Player Profile – Matt Haswell
NAME: Matthew Haswell
BIRTH DATE: 12/11/1980
BIRTH PLACE: Tooting
PREVIOUS CLUBS: Stoneleigh FC
Tell us who you are outside of the club. What do you do, how would you describe yourself?
Outside of the club I am a Deputy Mortuary Manager at St Georges Hospital. I have 2 sons who also enjoy the game of football who I hope will join the youth section when they are old enough. I am also the club’s website editor. I would say that I have a good sense of humour and a laid back kind of person who enjoys life.
How did you end up at Merton FC?
I started dating the Ex-President, Terry Baker’s daughter and one of the conditions was that I joined Merton FC. I have now been at club since 2001.
What was your best moment in your MFC career till now?
Winning the Intermediate Divison 3 league in 2004-2005 with Darren Pearce’s mighty 2s. Had a great team back then and great bar banter with them.
If you could play for a professional team, which would be it and why?
Would have to say Chelsea FC, childhood team who when on form, can play some good football.
Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
I like to play in a short sleeve top, so try to make sure I grab one before anyone else.
Lastly, share us your goals/expectations for the season.
For my knees to allow me to continue playing, they are prone to injury/flare ups due to an ACL and meniscus injury playing at Old Parkonians in 2008. Although, it’s not looking to good but resisting to hang the boots up just yet.
Player of the season (at Merton, or in professional football): So far at Merton I would say Siraj the 1s keeper. Professional I would say Eden Hazard, think he is back to his best.
Childhood Team: Chelsea FC
Favourite team in the UK: Chelsea FC
Favourite team outside the UK: Real Madrid
Childhood Hero: Kurt Cobain/Johnny Depp
Favourite Food: Sunday Roast
Favourite Drink: Gin and Tonic
Favourite Band: Oasis/Foo Fighters