Sports Shots has talked to John Mulholland as he takes charge of his last game as Winslow United manager tomorrow (Bank Holiday Monday, 3pm).
The United boss has decided to stand down with his swansong being a Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final against Olney Town.
Mulholland is looking forward to the chance to finish his spell by becoming the first Elmfields Gate-based manager to win silverware since Damien Wiffin led the side to lifting the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup almost six years to the day; 4th May 2011.
I am very much looking to the final. It has been an extremely tough season for myself and the team and it’s a great way to finish a season having a cup final. It’s great for the club and players.
The Winslow manager has named his squad with Simon King the only player remaining from that 2011 cup final winning team. King netted the opener against 61FC in the 2-0 victory.
We are at full strength minus the injured Chris Setterfield, who got injured a week ago and unfortunately will miss the game.
We have Simon King returning after practically missing three quarters of a season through an unfair ban. Simon is a huge bonus for us, he has been training more than most of our regular players and you have to commend that and I’m looking forward to him playing for us again tomorrow.
Although the United manager has not seen his opponents he knows a fair amount about Olney Town already.
I haven’t been to watch them this season but I know a lot of their players and management and in Neil (Griffiths) and Ben (Hill) I know they will have a very good and well organised side. I’m expecting a very physical game, the UCL tends to be more physical than South Midlands. Drew Mitten who played for us, on his day, can be unplayable too. I definitely have one eye on him.
The competition holds some fond memories for the outgoing United boss.
The only memory I recall from this cup really was when I played for New Bradwell St Peter and we played Leighton Town when they were a top six side in the Southern League and their manager Keith Scott at the time signed me to play for them. I was only a young lad then, 18 or 19 years of age maybe, and I got a lot of experience from playing at Leighton.