In the latest of our series of Q&A we speak to defender Luke Blizard about his time at the club, his teammates and how he is adapting to the current situation under lockdown.
Q You’ve been almost ever-present since re-joining your boyhood club, how have you found your time, firstly during our Welsh National League winning season, and since then in the JD Cymru North?
A Playing in the Welsh National League was a massive learning curve coming out of academy football, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Adapting to the physicality of Adult football was the main learning point and taking into my game. Moving into the JD Cymru North was a big step up as there are some seriously good teams with the likes of Prestatyn, Flint and Rhyl. In our first season to finish mid-table I thought was a massive positive, I think the lads will agree that next season will need to be a massive improvement on the current season. The ultimate aim is to play in the top tier, so hopefully, we’ll see Buckley up there someday!
Q You’ve found yourself playing at left-back in our recent improvement in league form, how have you found this change?
A It’s been a good experience to develop as a full back on both sides of the pitch. Positional awareness, crossing, defending 1v1s have all progressed over the last 12 months and I aim to continue! It’s been great having competition with the likes of Rhys Hewitt, Dylan Roberts and Davo (Matty Davies) who are always performing well in training.
Q Before the enforced break, how did you feel our season was going?
A We were gaining some serious momentum. I felt we were getting better and better each week and taking what we were practicing on in training and taking it into games. Hopefully the season can continue and we can continue to push for a higher finish in the table.
Q How are you finding the unexpected break in our football schedule?
A It’s been difficult at first to adapt and get back into a routine! Having Aron Williams as a PT has helped massively to ensure the training I’m doing is Sport-specific. It’s also been great getting involved with the BTFC club sessions over zoom! What a club!
Q We’ve been told that you have a hidden and unexpected talent. Apparently you’re a better rapper than you are footballer, how true is this, and would you be able to provide a short clip?
A A squad night out In Liverpool and a few drinks later and I’ve become Big Shaq. Every away day now it always comes out. I’m sure a clip could be arranged!
Q Who would you say has the worst dress sense at the Club?
A He may disagree but it’s Jake Roberts for me.
Q Who is the best trainer at the Club?
A I’d go for Dylan Roberts, puts some serious hours in off the pitch.
Q Who, if anyone, would you say is the ‘tough guy’ in the squad?
A Joey Mak. Keeps me in line!
Q Who is the biggest moaner at the Club?
A I’d have to say Davo. Closely followed by Hibbo (Chris Hibbert).
Q Finally, what’s your favourite memory of playing for the Club?
A Being part of the team that drew to Brickfield and giving us the league title on the final game of the season will take some beating.