Interview with Sam Cripps, Halstead Town player

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Sam Cripps playing for Halstead Town.

We met with Halstead Town player, Sam Cripps. Who is Sam Cripps? Sam is a semi-professional footballer who plays for Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties First Division side, Halstead Town FC. He joined the side last December and ended up scoring 19 goals that campaign as Halstead just missed out on promotion. Sam Cripps plays as striker but can also play as a right winger if needed, and his previous clubs include Cornard United, Stanway Rovers and West Bergholt. So far this season, Sam has played in 8 games and scored 3 goals. We chat about what is it like playing for the club, his red cards this season, what his aims are this season and more.

What is it like playing for Halstead?

Quality, best club I’ve been at from the players, management team and fans. Such good team chemistry.

How do you feel you got on last season personally and as a club?

Personally last year I thought I did very well, I came in just before Christmas and I scored on my debut and ended up scoring 19 in half a season so I was happy and the team were unreal all year and was unlucky to not get promotion.

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Sam and his team mates in the FA Vase (L-R, Jules Simon-Parson, Nick Wilderspin and Sam Cripps)

You’ve been sent off twice this season, what do you think of these decisions?

Yeah I’ve been sent off twice, the first time player provoked me and should have been sent off also for pushing my face twice but yeah I lost my head massively and deserved a red. Second sending off I didn’t deserve at all, very harsh.

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Sam Cripps’ second sending off this season, something Sam and fans thought was harsh.

What are you aiming to achieve this season?

Personally aiming to reach 20+ goals but struggled with injury so far, and with the team hoping to win the league.

How did you get signed up by Halstead?

I was playing for Stanway and left so went back to play at West Bergholt for a few games and received a text asking me to come over so I did.

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Sam Cripps against AFC Sudbury in the FA Cup.

What is the best comeback match you have played in?

Stowmarket last year, we were 2-0 down and won 3-2 with ten men

Who is your favourite manager in football?

Jose Mourinho

Favourite club?

Chelsea

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Sam going for the header.

Halstead beat the odds and won at Thurrock in the FA Cup – what do you feel was behind this?

Everything, fans are amazing and we get good away support, to the tactics, but mainly our team chemistry is unreal this year we’re such a tight knit group and all get on well on and off the pitch.

Halstead narrowly missed out on promotion last season, can they go a step better this season?

Yes, we can one hundred percent get promotion this year, but it’s all down to us and getting 3 points every week.

What would you say is the best achievement in your football career?

Probably between winning the border league with West Bergholt and playing for Rep team

What have you thought of the fans doing your time at the club?.

The fans are unreal. We always get loads of fans at home and away games. Talk to a lot of them and they have been nothing but nice to me and shown me nothing but support since joining.

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Sam suited and booted in the Halstead home kit.

Have you got anything to say to the fans at Halstead?

Just that we’re gonna get promotion this year

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We would like to thank Sam for answering our questions and wish Sam and the Halstead team the best of luck in their quest for promotion this season. You can follow Sam on Twitter at @SamCripps93.

See our interview with Sam’s team-mate, Tom Cook.

See our interview with Sam’s team-mate, James Murray

See our interview with Sam’s gaffer, Mark Benterman

More Halstead Town interviews coming soon.

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