Cheltenham Town: Matt Richards answers questions from the fans
Cheltenham Town midfielder Matt Richards answers questions from the fans
How many goals are you targeting this season?
Double figures, which is what I was aiming for last year but I didn't quite make it. I'll go for that and take it from there.
Were there other clubs interested you in the summer and if so, what made you choose Cheltenham Town?
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I was speaking to a few teams, but nothing was progressing very quickly and nothing concrete. The manager here sold the club to me, showed he wanted me here and the rest is history. It was all about the manager really and he convinced me straightaway.
Who is the best technical player at Cheltenham Town?
There are a few, but Sam Deering is very good, despite being very young and still having a lot to learn. He has skill and pointed in the right direction he can make it a long way in the game.
Who is the most annoying player around the club?
Sam Deering, definitely! He is very loud, full of energy and doesn't stop. He is always mucking around, talking and shouting.
Who has the better left foot, you or Billy Jones?
Billy puts in a great ball and he was very high up on the assist table last season. I'd say it's a tie!
Has anyone in particular helped you settle into life at Cheltenham Town?
Everyone has been helpful and made me feel welcome. It's great here and it helps that I know Terry Gornell well from our Shrewsbury days and we were in the same hotel to start with.
What would you be if not a footballer?
I was always into rugby too and played to a decent standard. I probably would have gone to university, but I always wanted to do football so always focused on that and thankfully it's worked out so far.
Do you see yourself staying in football after your playing days are over, in coaching or management?
I didn't to start with, but recently I think it's something I could do and enjoy. Not sure what level, but I think I'd like to stay in it.
As a vocal player, do you think there is a fine line between criticism and constructive criticism on the pitch?
Definitely. You can have a go at someone and not make it worthwhile. You need to get a point across and instructions, or it can affect people the wrong way. There is nothing wrong with a rant every now and then as long as it helps the team and constructive criticism is the way forward.
Do you shave your head or are you bald?
Not many people know, but I have alopecia so I don't have any hair at all. It's not my choice really! It's strange having the three central midfielders all with little hair. They shave theirs but I don't!
How fast do you think you could run the 100 metres?
I'd guess around 12 seconds. I am not the fastest in the world, but once I get going I am pretty quick.
At which club do you think you've been the happiest so far?
I really enjoyed being on loan at Brighton, for pretty much a whole season and half the next. It was nice living down there too, but I've enjoyed all my clubs. I grew up at Ipswich, but I've never been unhappy at any team.
What is your favourite song?
I like the Kings of Leon, but I don't really have a favourite song. I've been to see Jay-Z and Iron Maiden, so it's a wide range.
What is your favourite film?
I like Denzel Washington films and Flight was a good one recently. I watch a lot of kids films because my little one and I were watching Ice Age 3 the other day.
What was it like winning an England Under-21 cap against Ukraine?
It was strange as it all happened very quickly and it didn't really sink in it at the time. But it was great to be playing with top quality Premier League player and I was only just 19, but it's definitely a highlight of my career.
Having been born on Boxing Day, have you had any memorable birthday games?
Not really. They tend to be quite boring and I haven't scored a goal yet on Boxing Day, when it's very much match first, birthday second.
What was it like making your debut for Ipswich in the UEFA Cup in Luxembourg?
It was a great occasion and special to make my debut in a European game. You learn different styles.
What was it like working under Roy Keane at Ipswich Town?
It was only for a month or two, but you could see how good he was even when he joined in with training. He was special, demanded things and expected things to happen. He was quite friendly, but surprised me due to his hard man image. He gave me a chance to play while I was out in the cold, so I enjoyed it.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Promotion to League One with Shrewsbury is up there, but my first goal live on Sky TV in a 1-0 win over Stoke for Ipswich.