DID YOU PLAY FOR THE SCHOOL TEAM AND WHICH SCHOOL WAS IT?
Yes, I played for Mount Carmel High School back in 1985-1988.
DID YOU HAVE ANY AMBITIONS TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER?
It was probably the same dream any young footballer had. As a late starter to football in early teens any chances probably passed me by.
BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR CAREER?
Difficult question-from a playing perspective I always looked up to Martin Eatough when I watched Great Harwood Town as a kid. Managemnet wise I would have to say Ian McGarry was a massive influence whilst at Great Harwood.
NUMBER OF GOALS SCORED?
Very few other than a couple of penalties and headers…..probably scored as many own goals as goals.
NUMBER OF APPEARANCES?
It would be difficult to say other than many over 11 or so years playing at Great Harwood.
I had spells at Bamber Bridge, Clitheroe and Fleetwood Town.
BEST PLAYER PLAYED WITH AT GREAT HARWOOD TOWN?
Played with many great players but purely from what he went on to achieve I would have to say Matt Derbyshire.
FAVOURITE GOAL FOR GREAT HARWOOD TOWN?
Quite easy this one as I didn’t score many but the goal I scored at Cheadle Town away-a wonder strike from an uncultured defender!
BEST MOMENTS(S) IN FOOTBALL CAREER?
I have two, captaining Great Harwood Town & playing in semi-final of ATS Trophy at Morecambe and winning after extra-time.
When Great Harwood Town folded…..a sad loss to football and our town.
BEST GROUND PLAYED AT?
ANYTHING FUNNY IN YOUR CAREER?
Playing Matlock Town away and Ian MCGarry’s half time team talk resulting in him chasing Jonathan Smith around the changing rooms…..they loved each other really.
WiAlex.fe Julie, daughter Neve, son
ANYTHING ELSE INTERESTING?
Next best thing to playing is now coaching my son’s under 11’s team at Great Harwood Rovers.
Neil Kennedy - Ex Player and Captain
I must comment on the website you are running that it is great to see
someone keeping the great memories we all have of Great Harwood Town
Having spent 10 years playing for Great Harwood Town, 3 as captain,
and also being one of the few local (Great Harwood) lads to play for
his Home Town team, it was an absolute pleasure playing for the team,
and also representing the town in what must be over 100's of games.
Living close to the ground it is sad to see what a state of dis-repair
the ground is in, but the memories remain. Great to see so many ex-
players plying their trades still in the North West Counties, Unibond
Keep up the great work