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In our latest YISTAsks catch-up with former Yellows, we spoke to forward Chris Thompson. Chris was another member of the squad during the Joey Dunn era at Cantilever Park, and was notably top goalscorer for Liverpool Reserves as a youth player, before also having a prominent impact at Grimsby, Scarborough, Leigh and Barrow, as well as Runcorn Town following his spell at Warrington.

“Thommo” often played center-forward for the Town, scoring 26 goals in 65 appearances as he quickly became a fans favourite within the shed end. His calm reliability throughout his stint, as well as a crowd-pleasing tendency to often try acrobatic efforts on goal, further cemented his status amongst Yellows supporters. We even forgive him for the red card when playing against us for Bamber Bridge!

What are you up to now you’re no longer playing?

Playing taxi for my two children.

Aside from Warrington, which other clubs did you play for?

I’m not sure this form is long enough!! Liverpool, Grimsby, Northwich, Chorley, Scarborough, Barrow, Leigh, Salford, Bamber Bridge, Radcliffe Borough, as well as some others on loan

Looking back, did it feel any different playing for your home town than playing for any other club?

It was cheaper on fuel. It did feel a little different, and I was fortunate it was a good group of lads too.

Who were your favourite players & coaches to work alongside during your career, and why?  

Steve Heighway was very good for me as a youth player at Liverpool. I thought Erik Meijer for Liverpool was always helping the young players on the pitch and was good to play alongside.

Who were the best players you have personally played with and against?

It looks like I'm name dropping here, but I have to be honest. Robbie Fowler was coming back from injury and I was very fortunate to be playing when he was in the team. I think he only scored 4 that game. In the lower leagues I thought Jamie Vermiglio (Chorley and Scarborough) was someone who had great passion for the game, and was great to be on the same side as

Who did you look up to as you were starting out as a footballer?

I loved to watch Zidane. I could watch that guy all day. His balance and vision was something I had never seen before. Always thinking, and he didn't need to run round like a headless chicken like you see some players do today

What was the best/biggest crowd you ever played in front of?

The best was in front of around 8,000 at Grimsby when we beat Stoke in the league. It's a small ground but that day was brilliant. I'd just turned 21 the day before, and I scored my first senior goal.

What were your favourite moments in a Warrington shirt?

I think it must have been the double we achieved over Chorley. I scored 1 at our ground then 2 at Chorley, if I remember correctly. Gav Salmon scored the other at Chorley.  

In general, what are your favourite sporting memories?

Beating Liverpool at Anfield in a cup game for Grimsby. I was in the squad that travelled, and as an Everton supporter it made it even better.

Do you have a message for the supporters who followed you during your career?

Without the supporters the game wouldn't be what it is. It made my career even more enjoyable hearing and seeing the passion they had for their clubs. I'd like to thank them all for that.

YIST would like to thank Chris Thompson for taking the time to conduct this interview, and of course, he is more than welcome to join us for a match at the Cantilever anytime soon!

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C8F36A27 887C 423A B280 6E7A4BCC1F14In the first of our new series of interviews with former Yellows icons, YIST had a catch up with former Town full-back, Mike Duffy to discuss his career and memories of Warrington Town.

Often operating as a wing-back, Mike was a prime example of a gritty and passionate Liverpudlian footballer, always showing a Scouse spirit comparable to that of Gerrard and Carragher, which comfortably cemented his place as a fans favourite at the Cantilever.

Mike played for the Yellows under Joey Dunn, from the 2009 season until Joey’s departure in 2012, when he subsequently followed Joey to Runcorn Linnets, before retiring from the game in 2015.

So, what are you up to now you’re no longer playing?

No time for football at all at the minute, I’m mostly chasing my twin boys around

Aside from Warrington, which other clubs did you play for?

I played for Vauxhall Motors when they were in the Conference North, as well as Skelmersdale United and Runcorn Linnets. I stayed very loyal to the clubs I played for, and was with each club for atleast three seasons.

Looking back, which clubs and memories particularly stand out for you?

At Vauxhall Motors, playing in the FA Cup 1st Round against Bury. With Skem, in 2008, playing Barrow in the FA Trophy, who were in the Conference at the time, the week before they played Brentford in the FA Cup. Barrow won, but we went there and gave a good account of ourselves, and I scored the best goal I have probably ever scored.It was a mazy run from the halfway line, went past a few players, and from just outside of the box, I put it into the top corner.

At Linnets, we missed out on promotion three years on the run. Not necessarily a highlight, but there were proud moments still, as we had a great group of lads. Linnets are an unbelievable club, they deserve to be in the EvoStik league

Who were the best players you personally played alongside?

The best players played with were at Skem, being Craig Nooney and Sean McGonville, both unreal players who have done well for themselves, and are still playing on in the football league.

What about best players you have played against?

Early on in my non league Career was David Nugent when he played for Bury F.C

Who did you look up to as you were starting out as a footballer?

When I started playing my idol was Robbie Fowler, as I was a forward until I was 13 .

What was the best crowd you ever played in front of?

EvoStik Play off final for Skem, against F.C. Utd with over 4,000 fans was unreal .

Also Chester at home was another game with a great crowd, which was a great occasion for Warrington Town, though I was not involved in the game in the end. We played Ossett Albion on the Saturday, first game of season, and we played really well, but I did my knee with 5 mins left and had to come off. But I knew we had Chester on the Tuesday and Joey was on me case, to get myself sorted as it was a big game for the club. I did everything right but in the warm up I had to pull out. But for the club at the time having a club like that come, and the atmosphere that night was electric and I was gutted had to watch from the sidelines. But we held our own, they were a massive club, coming down that season from conference.

What were your favourite moments in a Warrington shirt?

When we played Chorley with 6 games left and everyone wrote us off, but then we turned them over 3-0. Big Gav Salmon was the hero!

In general, what are your favourite sporting memories?

Watching my team Liverpool win the Champions League.

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And finally, how do you feel about Liverpool’s start to the season?

We have got off to a mediocre start. We’re still a couple of seasons away before we start challenging!

 

YIST would like to thank Mike Duffy for taking the time to conduct this interview, and of course, he is more than welcome to join us for a match at the Cantilever anytime soon!

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