Interview with Charlie Gatter

Charlie talks about his life in football, man mountains and derby day goals.

Next season

“Next season I want us to be challenging towards the top end of the table and on a personal level to have an injury free season”.

“I would just like the fans to get down to the ground and support us in numbers; it makes a huge difference on a match day and it is hugely appreciated”.

“I think any team is capable of challenging in the Southern Central League, it all depends on who is the most consistent because anyone can beat anyone”.

Outside of football

“I have my own recruitment company called Link3 Recruitment so a lot of my time is taken up with that. I also spend a lot of time in the gym”.

Footballing memories

“Receiving my first professional contract at Burton Albion was a proud day for me. I’ve also had some great times growing up with my football, travelling all over Europe with Nottingham Forest as a kid playing in tournaments competing against Europe’s biggest teams. I also did two training camps with England under 19s and under 20s, training with some great players”.

“My Dad had me kicking a ball from a young age and there was always football on the TVs in my house. I have also played for Boston United, Gainsborough Trinity, Coalville Town, Spalding United and Belper Town before joining Hednesford”.

Scoring against Stafford Rangers on New Year’s Day

“I think it was a corner just before half time and we were already 1-0 up, I remember Fitzy (Joe Fitpatrick) screaming ‘Fitzy’s ball’ as the corner came in, I just ignored him and swung a leg at it. Luckily it went in!”

Tricky opponents and greatest players

“When I was 17 I played against Marlon Harewood for Burton in a cup game and he was a man mountain, physically so strong.”

“Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player for me, the overall complete player (I’m a Manchester United fan). Virgil Van Dijk is without doubt the best defender in the world, strong, quick and can play with the ball at his feet.”

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