Player Profile – Mike Todt
NAME: Mike Todt
POSITION: Centre Half
BIRTH DATE: 15/12/1987
BIRTH PLACE: Cape Town, South Africa
PREVIOUS CLUBS: Springhill United (SE London)
Tell us who you are outside of the club. What do you do, how would you describe yourself?
I am content manager – a job definition I have yet to fully understand myself – for a financial services company. It’s even less interesting than it sounds, but it’s been enough to give me an open door into London life. I’m a pretty easy-going, sociable guy. Although less so when I’m on the Central Line at 8am, craning my neck and sweating profusely
How did you end up at Merton FC?
Good old Gumtree. We moved from delightful Woolwich to SW London in April 2015, and I was keen to find a fun, sociable and competitive club to join. Very lucky to have stumbled across Merton FC, which was the first one I trialed. Needless to say, I’ve never bothered pursuing any others since, and I feel very at home here.
What was your best moment in your MFC career till now?
Scoring a goal on my debut at the Hood last November was pretty special. Also, coming back from 2-0 down at half time to beat Old Wilsonians was a great game to be a part of.
If you could play for a professional team, which would be it and why?
Sunderland! Been a fan since I was seven years old, and despite how mediocre I am as a player, I am confident I could still improve them based on their current form.
Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
Nope. I just hope to high heaven each time that injury doesn’t await.
Lastly, share us your goals/expectations for the season.
After a “frenetic” first game, I’d like to see our team come together. After getting relegated last year, I feel like we’re in with a great chance of competing at the upper end of the league, so that’s the main goal. Failing that, sinking some pints and having a good laugh with some friends afterwards will no doubt be thoroughly enjoyable.
Player of the season (so far): Dom Plumridge
Childhood Team: Sunderland
Favourite team in the UK: Sunderland (and Merton!)
Favourite team outside the UK: The Proteas cricket team
Childhood Hero: Nelson Mandela
Favourite Food: A medium rare steak
Favourite Drink: Castle Lager (South African beer)
Favourite Band: Coldplay