NAME: Ryan Gresty

TEAM: 2s

POSITION: Centre mid

BIRTH DATE: 7/1/85

BIRTH PLACE: Norf London

PREVIOUS CLUBS: Old Finchleians 2002-2011



  1. Tell us who you are outside of the club. What do you do, how would you describe yourself?

I’m a Mechanical Engineer for TFL. So if you want to know some mildly interesting tube facts or just have a moan about the service, I’m your man. I’m also a big traveler; always keen on a trip away particularly if it involves riding a motorbike or watching England play cricket. Have I ever told you about the time I ended up on a huge piss up with half the England team after winning the Melbourne test in 2010?

  1. How did you end up at Merton FC?

I used to hate playing against Merton when I was a north Londoner, especially when we (Finchley 3s) lost the league by a point to your lot in 2010/11. Once I moved south of the river I decided if you can’t beat em, join em and am delighted that I did.

  1. What was your best moment in your MFC career till now?

Scoring the winner in the 2s’ pulsating 4-3 victory over Ally Park last season. Left footed… aimed for the bottom left corner….ball went top right. Then they went straight up the other end and we needed a Sherbs wonder save to seal the victory. I got very drunk that night!

  1. If you could play for a professional team, which would be it and why?

The Detroit Red Wings NHL team. I used to play a bit of ice hockey, still watch plenty of it, and have been to a handful of Red Wings games over the years. When I got into hockey in the early 2000s they were perennial winners but these days they’re a bit crap so maybe I could get in the side if I dusted off my skates.

  1. Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?

I listen to the Al Pacino speech from Any Given Sunday on the way to a game (and have been known to recite the whole thing on special occasions). Also the Gladiator sound track. Strength and honour!

  1. Lastly, share us your goals/expectations for the season.

Simple: winning the league with the 2s. It’s about time I brought in some silverware for MFC.


Player of the season (at Merton, or in professional football): Wilgo

Childhood Team: Man Utd

Favourite team in the UK: Heart of Midlothian

Favourite team outside the UK: Anyone who are playing England at football or rugby (sorry – Scottish heritage!)

Childhood Hero: Roy Keane

Favourite Food: Blueberry pancakes

Favourite Drink: Tea. Strong, no sugar and loads of milk please.

Favourite Band: Manic Street Preachers




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