Steve King clocked up his 299th appearance for the Beachboys in Saturday’s fine win at Dartford, and before tonight’s semi final with Colchester we caught up with Steve to discuss his Concord career so far…
How proud are you to play 300 games for Concord?
“Playing 300 for Concord for me is a great achievement. I’m very lucky to have been involved in the growth of this club and to have reached the milestone in an age where players move around so regularly is something to be proud of.”
Saying that when you first signed for the club, did you ever think you would be at Concord for so long?
“To be honest when I signed I hadn’t really thought about how long I’d stay, but I had become a bit disillusioned with football at a higher level, as after good spells at both Welling and Bishops Stortford, I found myself slightly mistreated and hard done by when the managers had changed so regularly. So when I signed up to Concord under Danny Cowley, I had hoped for some longevity.”
How good is it to have your 300th appearance at Colchester, and how important is retaining the Essex Senior Cup to you?
“If selected it will be great to reach the milestone against Colchester at their ground. In all the years playing in the Essex Senior Cup I’ve only ever played against them at home. Over the years our group has constantly pulled up trees and achieved above and beyond what anyone expected to do, and to win this cup three years on the bounce would be yet another huge achievement for this club.”
What have been the main highlights in your appearances for the club so far?
“The main highlights for me have been being part of the family at Concord. On the pitch I’ve been involved in some terrific games and have won an array of competitions and personal accolades, but getting to know and love everyone involved in the club has to be my highlight.”
Saying that, is there anyone you would like to thank as you approach your 300th appearance?
“It goes without saying that I have to thank both Ant Smith and Danny Cowley for giving me the opportunity to join, and also to Ant and the Committee for pointing out how well other centre halves have played when I’ve been injured (confidence boosters!). Also to Adam Flanagan for his support this year, Danny Scopes, Nicky and Glen for their coaching and for turning me into the ball playing centre half I am today. There are also so many people behind the scenes who are the heart and soul of an amazing club, people like Chris Crerie, Jack Smith Snr and Jnr, Ewers, Hoody, Coral, Jo and of course Jayne, without who I’m sure the club wouldn’t be where it is today.”
Kingy was talking to Chris Clark.