Skipper's eye view of The Blues

PUBLISHED: 11:17 21 March 2008 | UPDATED: 19:57 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT Town face the biggest game in the club's history tomorrow as the Ridgeon's League side face Whitley Bay in the first leg of their FA Vase semi-final at Crown Meadow.

LOWESTOFT Town face the biggest game in the club's history tomorrow as the Ridgeon's League side face Whitley Bay in the first leg of their FA Vase semi-final at Crown Meadow.

Blues centre-back and captain Marcus Saunders, who has made over 200 appearances for the club since joining from Gorleston in 2002, takes us through the Town players and management team hoping to make it all the way through to a Wembley final in May.

Micky Chapman (joint manager) - "He's a totally 100pc committed manager to the club and was as a player. His passion is enough to drive the players on. He joins in with the banter too. In fact, a lot of the time he's the instigator. He's also a teacher, at Oriel County High School."

Ady Gallagher (joint manager) - "He's more the tactician. He gives the half-time team talks. He's a very nice bloke and can always motivate you. He works as a teacher at Denes High School."

Dale Cockrill (central midfielder) - "He's very competitive on the pitch and it's sometimes hard to calm him down. He doesn't always listen to what he told to do, but always 100pc with you."

Darren Cockrill (central defender/midfielder/striker) - "For a big man, he's probably the most skilful player on the team and is effective wherever he plays. Both brothers work as window fitters for their dad's business."

Jamie Godbold (central/right midfielder) - "He was at Stoke City for a long while and can change a game within seconds. I'd rather have him in my side than be playing against him. He has a lovely delivery but always seems to miss me out. He's a lovely, down-to-earth bloke but likes to think he's one with the ladies."

Bradley Hough (right-winger) - "Scored a hat-trick on his debut when he was 15. He's the only player I've seen to go past several players and score consistently. He works for an offshore company in Ipswich and always looks pale, even in summer, and takes plenty of stick for it."

Reece Hunn (left winger) - "He's been unfortunate with a couple of injuries. He has loads of ability, is yet to hit form this season but it will come. He's only 17."

Ross King (left-sided midfielder/striker) - "He never gets a settled position because he can play in so many roles, but it's fortunate for us to have someone like that. He's an electrician and goes down to London a lot. He's a bit of a joker and always has a smile on his face."

Craig Lewis (left midfielder) - "He's my worst nightmare. If I'm on the coach, I don't want him near me because he doesn't shut up, makes stupid noises - it's like taking your kids. But he did do a comedy routine at one of our football club nights and was first class, taking the juice out of every player."

Gary McGee (striker) - "He's been at the club about the same time as me and is a proven goalscorer. He gets in amongst it. He's a lively character off the pitch in Lowestoft too."

Ally McKenna (striker) - "He could walk into any other side, but he has two experienced strikers here to compete with. When he has come on he's been superb. He's very quiet but can deliver a knock-out blow in no time - a very dangerous player."

Joe Pike (right-sided defender) - "He's just got back in the side in the past 10 games and looks very assured. He's got a good future."

Neil Plaskett (centre-back) - "A full-time tennis coach at Esporta in Norwich. Since he switched from right-back, he's been fantastic. One of the easiest players to play with on the park."

Carl Poppy (right-back) - "A terrific little player, like a terrier. He very rarely loses a tackle and I wouldn't like to go in with him for one either. He works a lot teaching kids."

Matty Potter (left-back) - "He's Harry Potter to us and he likes to think he's a bit of a wizard, especially on the dance floor. But he's not - his dancing is so bad we got chucked out of a nightclub for it."

Andy Reynolds (goalkeeper) - "He's only a young lad but very assured of himself. Has good hands and I wouldn't want anyone else behind me. In my eyes, he's the best goalie in the league; very professional."

Adam Rix (goalkeeper) - "He's the crazy one. He had six different hair styles in six months and, on the way to Concord Rangers he stood in the middle of a roundabout with no clothes on for a bet. We all paid up the quid for him."

Russell Stock (striker) - "I used to have great battles playing against him. He's the best target man player in the league by far. Unfortunately for me, he's like Craig [Lewis]. He's a joker in the dressing room and loves his designer clothes, but he always looks awful in them."

Gary Williams (forward) - "Very talented but needs a bit more time to fill out. Once he gets a run he'll cement his place. He still treads carefully among the older ones, not that we're scary."

Richard Woodrow (central midfielder) - "Former Norwich City academy player, now a manager at Morrisons. A very workmanlike, honest player and very rarely gives the ball away. He's one of the quieter ones, but is quietly confident in himself and the players around him."

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