Saturday 19th October 2019
Buckingham Athletic Development v Mursley United Development
Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup
(This season’s) League standings:
North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division (13 teams)
Mursley United Development 1st
Hellenic Football League Division Two North (14 teams)
Buckingham Athletic Development 8th
(Last season’s) League standings:
North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division (11 teams)
Mursley United Development 7th
Spartan South Midlands Development League (9 teams)
Buckingham Athletic 1st
This game last season:
Last six games:
Mursley United Development:
D 2-2 home v Unite MK Reserves 12th October NBDL
L 5-0 away v Great Horwood 5th October NBDL ITK
W 5-2 home v Wing Village 21st September NBDL
W 0-6 away v New Bradwell St Peter Reserves 7th September NBDL
W 3-4 away v Hanslope Reserves 31st August NBDL
W 4-2 home v Buckingham United Reserves 27th August NBDL
Buckingham Athletic Development:
W 2-1 home v Long Crendon Reserves 12th October HL
W 1-4 away v Milton United Development 5th October HL
L 2-0 away v Milton United 27th September BSSC
L 2-4 home v Ardley United 17th September BSCC
L 0-2 home v Milton United 10th September BLFC
L 3-1 away v Adderbury Park 31st August HL
Full Name: Dan Finnis
Nationality: English (although most think I’m Chinese!)
Marital status: Engaged (if that’s a status)
Preferred shirt number: 7
Most effective position on the pitch: Anywhere wide
Daytime job: Account Manager
Former clubs: Stony Stratford, Wolverton Town, New Bradwell, Cranfield. The list goes on
We asked Dan:
How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?
It was nice to get away and enjoy weekends off from it, I don’t miss it for the first few weeks as its nice for my body to recover, I’ve been playing for a long time now and had a few nasty injuries so it takes a bit longer to recover after matches, but once it hits July/August I’m ready to go again
Re-signed on for Mursley this summer, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?
They’re all good lads down here, it’s a friendly, well run club and it’s a short drive from my house to home games. I’ve played a decent level in the past and now I am this level I’m enjoying football more as it is a bit more relaxed
How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?
I missed the first three league games due to a couple of reasons but have come in for the last two league games and the level we have been playing is a lot better than last year, the lads that have been there every week have done brilliantly and long may it continue as the season goes on
What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?
To keep clean sheets, score goals and win the league, simple as that! I have now dropped into the RB position which is arguably my best position (that’s what they tell me, rather than I’m just fatter and slower now), so targets personally are to keep as many clean sheets as possible and stay as solid as possible
Who has been your biggest influence in football?
There isn’t any one person really, but I would say my biggest influence was my very first season in men’s football at Stony Stratford Town when I was seventeen, this is back when Stony were a strong team in South Midlands Division One. Playing in that team with all the older players taught me how to approach a game and how to handle myself on the pitch
How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?
There is huge belief that we can have a successful season, top three is the absolute bare minimum we should be aiming for. Realistically we have the belief that if we play how we know we can all season, the title is ours and every player is key to achieving this
Away at Buckingham Athletic Development this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?
I must admit I know absolutely nothing about them but having a first team who is at a decent level you can expect them to have some decent young players who will be fit and hungry. I’m not expecting an easy game at all and we will have to give 110% to get a result
Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?
To be honest I can name a few but Ben Johnson this year so far has been the moaner
What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?
Usually get a coffee in bed, watch Soccer AM, stick a bet on, have some food then off I go!
In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?
I would say Gabriel Fehsenfeld isn’t really getting a good run of games to really get kick started, you can see in training and in the small glimpses on the pitch that he has got some serious talent with the ball, you can’t tackle him! He just needs a bit more confidence, make some better decisions with the ball and get a good run of games and then we have a dangerous player
Who has the worst dress sense at the club?
There are a couple…Sam Cartwright turns up with no shoes, whilst Ben Johnson turns up in the shirt he wore the night before. The play well every week so who cares!
When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?
You always need to check the results of the teams around you
Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?
I stay well away from the music, judging by the stuff that’s played before a game my music/playlists aren’t to the taste of the other lads at all
What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?
After the two-two draw against Unite MK on Saturday just gone, in which we should have scored at last six in the first half, I can’t wait to go to their place and make up for it. Other than that, I think Willen will be our biggest rivals this year so would love to get a result against them
Finally, after you’ve scored a hattrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?
As I’m now playing right back a hat-trick isn’t looking likely, but when we keep a clean sheet a nice cold refreshing pint of lager would go down quite
Sports Shots would like to thank Dan for his time this week