SSMFL,D1: Martin reflects on his time at the Ath & Winslow ahead of weekend derby

The player who has appeared in the most Winslow United versus Buckingham Athletic derbies in recent years, Phil Martin, has spoken about his memories to Sports Shots ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Phil Martin

Martin, who now plays for Hashtag United, told Sports Shots;

I must have played in 14 for the Athletic, not including cup games, and only 4 for Winslow, as we were in division 2 when I went back second time.

Brenda Sprules of the Buckingham Charity Cup committee presents Phil Martin, captain of Buckingham Athletic, with the Senior trophy.

My memories at Winslow were that the club was always really welcoming and well-run. The fans are true fans to their very cores and would do anything for the club. I played there for a season under Steve Kelly and we finished quite high in the league, if I remember correctly, but both clubs gave me game time playing with my mates and a good bunch of people. They make you feel at home!

Ryan Wiffin (9) and Phil Martin (10) lift Winslow United the 2011 Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup.

My memories of Ath were my first time in men’s football and gave me the stepping stone to play and express myself. I spent four years and three years at the Ath and one and two seasons at Winslow.

Most of my adult football was played at these two clubs. I had the pleasure of captaining both sides, which meant a great deal to me and along with Damo (Damien Wiffin) as the gaffer we are still the last captain and manager to win trophies at both clubs, which is a great accolade as I can’t remember many other player/captain combos to do that.

I always enjoyed the battles between the two sides, there was just something magical about a derby. Forget your 20 fans week in, week out, this is where 300 locals come to support you. Most of the crowd would have played for either or even both teams and there is a bond with them that will always hold true.

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