Player Profile – Richard Gibbs
NAME: Richard David Thomas Gibbs (Gibbo / ChuChu!)
POSITION: CF/CAM/LM/RM/CM/ CDM (utility man!)
BIRTH DATE: 13/02/1989
BIRTH PLACE: Cardiff
PREVIOUS CLUBS: a couple in Wales and a couple in Nottingham
Tell us who you are outside of the club. What do you do, how would you describe yourself?
Outside the club I work as a Finance Manager for BT Openreach. I think I come across initially to people as someone quite intimidating (probably due to the Gibbs frown!) and it’s probably why people often can’t tell when I’m taking the piss! In my spare time I try and play as much sport as I can (Football, Skiing, Tennis, FIFA) and love to travel!
How did you end up at Merton FC?
Mike Stone invited me to come along one day when I was looking for a club to join – never looked back since despite it being a 1 hour commute – great group of lads!
What was your best moment in your MFC career till now?
Scoring a hattrick on my debut for the 5s – I then had to watch them loose 6-4 despite being 4-1 up after 20 minutes after I came off injuring sliding into the goal post to get my third!
If you could play for a professional team, which would be it and why?
Borussia Dortmund – I couldn’t imagine anything better than playing in front of the infamous Yellow Wall!
Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
Join in the general banter of the team ripping one another to shreds until we go out and do the business on the pitch (we all like each other really!).
Lastly, share us your goals/expectations for the season.
It started of being to beat Dulanje’s total and retain the golden boot however finding myself playing a much more defensive role and having 0 to date has meant a revised goal of getting at least 1 and helping the 5s Win the league!
Player of the season (at Merton, or in professional football): Dwayne Bedford – Dwayne’s come a long way since last season and puts a huge shift in every game – he’s also learnt to head the ball – well kind of!
Childhood Team: Arsenal
Favourite team in the UK: Arsenal
Favourite team outside the UK: Dortmund
Childhood Hero: SuperTed
Favourite Food: difficult one – probably a Ribs and Wings combo!
Favourite Drink: Vino – red wine all the way
Favourite Band: Guns N’s Roses