Player Profile – Ryan Gresty
NAME: Ryan Gresty
POSITION: Centre mid
BIRTH DATE: 7/1/85
BIRTH PLACE: Norf London
PREVIOUS CLUBS: Old Finchleians 2002-2011
- 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?
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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