Interview with Michael Runicles, Halstead Town player

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Michael playing for Brightlingsea Regent

We met with Halstead Town player, Michael Runicles. Who is Michael Runicles? Michael is a semi-professional footballer who joined Halstead Town FC this season, and scored the winner in an away game against Kings Lynn Reserves in the Eastern Counties Division One. Michael has previously played as a goalkeeper at youth level and played for Ipswich Town. Since moving outfield, he has played for West Bergholt and Brightlingsea Regent before making the move to the Humbugs this season. So far this season, he has played 5 times for Halstead, scoring 3 times.

You made your Halstead debut on the 8th of October, how did it feel to make your debut for the club?

I was very nervous before the game, not knowing any of the players , how they played and facing Holland in my first game was a big test for me stepping up from Sunday league and a small amount of border leauge football this season.

Could the debut gone any better?! Scoring on your debut is something special, were you pumped up to score and make an instant impact?

I personally don’t think it could have gone any better , and to score on your debut is always a special moment, before the game I knew I had to make a difference, in big games like this chances don’t come often , so when the chance came I took it,but without the other 10 players in the team I wouldn’t get them chances , big credit has to go to all the other players and subs that worked there socks off in that game!

You’ve only recently joined the club, what are your early impressions?

I didn’t know allot about Halstead before I joined but everything I was told by the management was positive and sounded like the place I wanted to be playing football, the lads are very welcoming and you fit in straight away! The standard of football and work rate is incredible that the lads show! I’m looking forward to a successful season with Halstead.

What are your aims and ambitions for this season?

My aim this season is to help the club reach promotion

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Michael on the ball!

How did you get signed up by Halstead?

I have always followed non League football as a lot of my mates play, spoke to mark , said he’s always looking to strengthen, so I said I would come over , not really much more to it.

Jamie Vardy was the Premier League’s top goal scorer last season, but just 5 years ago, he was a non league player, do you think more players in non league could do this?

I definitely feel allot more non league players can make it at the top-level , but the biggest problem is most of the bigger sides pick these players up when there still kids, I’m getting old now , didn’t start playing outfield till I was 22 , the bigger teams should be looking at this level of football as there are some very talented footballers

What is the best comeback match you have played in?

Best come back match is difficult for me , if I’m honest I haven’t really played in one that I can remember … I’m used to getting up at 9:30 on a Sunday morning, meeting my mates and playing a pub league game of football

Who is your idol in football?

David Beckham

Favourite football ground you’ve ever been to?

Halstead Town FC’s Milbank Stadium at Rosemary Lane

What is the best moment you’ve even see at football?

Best moment was Liverpool winning champions league vs Ac Milan

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Michael last season scored 11 goals.

Do you feel that Halstead can get promoted this season and most importantly stay up next season?

I believe Halstead can get promoted this season! The squad we have is by far good enough to win this league and even gain promotion again next season. Easily a good enough side with talented players and excellent management. Bring it on!

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

Again best achievement is difficult , but from the football I have played it would have to be winning the Sunday league Prem and winning the league cup with FC BYAIR in the same season.

What did you think of the fans doing your first game at the club?

I didn’t expect to walk out on the pitch to that many fans. The fans were incredible for the whole game and they really get behind the club. When you score it’s a special feeling with all the fans cheering as well.

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

The fans are a credit to the club and for as long as they are there cheering Halstead on they will go far! Thank you for your support

Dictate the Game would like to thank Michael for taking the time to answer our questions and we wish him and Halstead the very best this season in their quest for promotion.

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