NAME: Matthew Haswell     

TEAM: 6s

POSITION: Midfield

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 clubโ€™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 Bakerโ€™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 Pearceโ€™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, itโ€™s not looking to good but resisting to hang the boots up just yet.


RAPID FIRE:

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

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