Search

Welling United stars living the dream

PUBLISHED: 17:39 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:50 21 February 2013

Sam Mott keeping another clean sheet for Welling against Havant and Waterlooville last Saturday. Pic by David Brown

Sam Mott keeping another clean sheet for Welling against Havant and Waterlooville last Saturday. Pic by David Brown

Archant

Welling United players tell Robin Cottle how they manage juggling their day jobs with careers in semi-professional football.

Sam Mott at work as a locksmithSam Mott at work as a locksmith

Goalkeeper Sam Mott, 24, lives in Orpington and signed from Thamesmead Town last summer. He works as a locksmith in Borough, near London Bridge, and recently got called up to the England ‘C’ team for non-league players.

I tend to work pretty long days during the week - 8.30am until 5.30pm generally, and with training and matches on top of that it can become quite tiring.

I’m usually up by 6am and if we have training or an evening match I often won’t be home by 11pm but we all love playing football so it’s not much of a sacrifice.

Loui Fazakerley playing for Welling. Pic by David BrownLoui Fazakerley playing for Welling. Pic by David Brown

Getting called up for the England ‘C’ team was a great experience. I didn’t play but got treated like a pro for a day.

As a group we haven’t got a big squad but we have a great team spirit. Jamie Day is an excellent manager and has made us all feel wanted.

For me personally moving from Thamesmead was stepping up two levels so that was quite daunting but I’m pleased with how I’ve performed.

I’m concentrating on getting promoted with Welling. If we go up to the Conference I don’t know what that would mean for some of the lads and their working schedules.

Loui Fazakerley (right) training a clientLoui Fazakerley (right) training a client

Thankfully work are brilliant. I work for G.Worrall & Son’s locksmiths and it’s my uncle’s business. He is really supportive around my football and lets me leave early when I need to for midweek games.

That really helps with the juggling!

Right wing-back Loui Fazakerley, 28, joined Welling in 2008. He is a personal trainer living in Hackney.

Ross Lafayette (left) celebrates scoring another goal for Welling. Pic by Keith GillardRoss Lafayette (left) celebrates scoring another goal for Welling. Pic by Keith Gillard

I work as a personal trainer in Holborn but I’ve also set up Total Football Performance, which holds summer camps every year for footballers who want to keep up their fitness and form in the off-season.

With Welling training and games thrown in, it keeps me very busy.

I set it up with Matt McEntergart, who also used to play for Welling.

One of our highest profile clients has been Mansfield striker Matt Green, who scored against Liverpool in the FA Cup last month.

Getting in extra training isn’t a problem - it goes pretty well with my job as opposed to someone working in an office environment.

Do I get a get a big pay packet? I don’t want to disclose how much I get paid to play for Welling but it’s certainly not enough!

I had two years at Fulham as a teenager but unfortunately never made the first team.

Ever since Jamie Day came in as player-manager at Welling, there has been progression. Everyone wants to play for him and I’m no different.

I’ve been here for the hard financial times and we owe a massive debt of gratitude to the fans being where we are now - we wouldn’t be without their input.

A lot of thanks must go to them and we’re repaying them at the moment.

It’s still an ambition to play league football, I haven’t given up yet. I’ve never won the championship and have always been in this division so want to concentrate on getting promoted with Welling - then we’ll have a big party.

Striker Ross Lafayette: 27, lives in Brixton and signed from Hemel Hempstead last summer. He works for the The Independent and Evening Standard as a digital account manager.

We train twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday evenings. We play every Saturday and a lot of Tuesdays so working full-time, and having a girlfriend, it can be hard to fit everything in. All three are big priorities for me.

I’m not much of a drinker and I adhere to quite a strict diet. Saturday evenings are when I let my hair down.

This isn’t something Welling imposes on us as the management aren’t with us 24-seven but if we aren’t disciplined that will show in our performances - the difference in fitness levels in the Conference South are massive.

I set myself a target of 25 goals this season - I’m only 10 away with almost 20 games left. You have to aim high, that’s the only way you achieve anything.

There’s great team spirit and a lot of the players have been there many years.

Everyone pulls together in the right direction and I think that’s reflected in the results.

I trained at Total Football Performance this summer, which is run by Loui Fazakerley, and he invited me down to Welling for a trial.

I spoke to Jamie Day a few times and liked what I heard so I signed up.

Having never played at this level before, the step up has been noticeable. But playing with better players like Joe Healy and Lee Clarke gives you more time on the ball.

I would love to play league football and I’ll never give up that dream. But the conditions have to be right - I’ve got a great job at the moment and a lot on my plate.

0 comments

Latest Bexley news

Saturday, November 17, 2018

A man who ran over two elderly women with his electric wheelchair was sentenced on Friday, November 16 at Southwark Crown Court.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Christmas 2018 and the Northern Lights are welcomed to Bexleyheath on Saturday, November 17 with a spectacular mix of music and dance from stilt walkers to bhangra dancers, and acoustic artists to fire shows.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Now back from recording the second series of All Together Now, Brit School teacher and Bromley local Georg Tormann is now warming up for Christmas with his Beckenham-based choir.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Bexley artist has raised her concerns that a revamp of Hall Place will see the death of the art scene in the area.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wildlife enthusiasts are calling for “embarrassing” fly-tipping that is blighting marshland in Bexley to be cleared up.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to “toxic fumes” billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Bexleyheath pub will be offering free gin and tonic today, in exchange for a very unusual currency - cake.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bexley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24