Rocco and Strawbs catch up with fans in Lockdown

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Date Posted: 12/05/2020

Guernsey forward Ross Allen and Tom Strawbridge took time out of their Sunday afternoons to have a lockdown chat with supporters.

The two players answered questions on Zoom about how they were coping in lockdown as well as plenty of discussion about their GFC memories.

Allen picked out a goal scored against Cobham in December 2011 as the favourite of his 252 strikes for the club. It came before GFCTV existed, and the local news channels had left at half-time to cover Santa switching on the Christmas lights in Town. That is a great shame as only fans at Footes Lane that days will ever get enjoy a fine individual strike, where Allen took the ball straight from second-half kick-off, dribbled past several opponents into the Cobham hald and lashed a low shot past the visiting goalkeeper from distance.

He also said that of the 'old guard' of GFC, he misses playing forward Dom Heaume and midfielder Ryan-Zico Black the most.

"Zico has been really unlucky because he was back in the squad just before the season was cancelled," Allen said. "Because of the quality of his passing, I could always time my runs as I knew how accurate he would be. I also got so many chances feeding off Dom's flick-ons, he did loads for my game."

Strawbridge explained that the players were being kept on their toes with individual fitness plans put together by coach Colin Fallaize, and suggested that "less square pegs in round holes" was a big factor in how the team improved in 2019-20.

"Having Ross come back has obviously made a huge difference and I have enjoyed being back as well, but we've definitely been able to get more consistency,"  the centre-back said. "I think perhaps over the last couple of years, because of players available, we've had players not always in their best positions. They have played in areas that they can play, but perhaps not their best where they can be their most effective."

Thanks to Ross and Tom for taking time to speak to fans, and to Gaz for organising the quiz.

The chat was later followed by a GFC quiz, again over Zoom, organised by Manelander Gareth Hobbs. It contained a mixture of categories including a few GFC-specific rounds. The overall winner was club Director Nigel Braybrook, followed in second place by Communications Manager Nic Legg. 

Gaz also set up a JustGiving page for participants to donate, with the target of £200 well beaten. The money will be split between the NHS and Guernsey charities.