Interview : Chris Weale : 01/05/2001
Chris Weale and Andy Lindegaard at the end of the 2000/01 season
Chris Weale
Chris Weale
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Vicky Slade talked to Chris Weale and Andy Lindegaard at the end of the 2000/01 season, in May 2001, whilst the club were without a first team manager. Chris and Andy had just finished a week of coaching at Yeovil Town's Summer Soccer Schools.

VS: You are both local lads, which schools did you go to?

AL: I went to Bucklers Mead.

CW: I went to Westfield.

VS: Did you enjoy school and what were your favorite subjects?

AL: Yes I enjoyed school, I liked PE, history and drama as well.

CW: Yes school was all right, Westfield was good it was an enjoyable time, but the last 2 years were a bit stressful because of my GCSE's, I obviously liked games with Mr Yandel and art because we just messed about in art.

VS: Did you have any nicknames at school?

AL: Yes Gandhi but that came from cricket and school.

CW: I don't think I had any - there are none that I can remember.

VS: At what age did you start playing football?

CW: I must have been about 6 or 7, obviously I started kicking the ball at about 3 years old but I started playing competitively when I was about 7 years old when I was at the Cubs.

AL: Yes I started playing when I was at Cubs, but I think I was a bit older when I started, I might have been 8 or 9 years old.

VS: How important is it for you to play for Yeovil being local boys?

CW: It's very important, its been a dream ever since I was a little boy. I used to come and watch Yeovil all the time with my mum and dad.

AL: Yes I used to come and watch Yeovil too, although I didn't watch them so much when they got relegated from the Vauxhall conference but I watched them a lot when Steve Rutter was in charge because Chris and I were both at the school of excellence and we used to get in free so I used to come and watch all the time, so its brilliant to be actually playing for them. I've got to where I wanted to get to as far as Yeovil is concerned; I'm in the first team so I can only go on from that.

VS: Do you think it is hard for local youngsters to join the Yeovil side

CW: A couple of years ago, yes.

AL: If you look at the youth team and the reserves now and there are a lot of local lads playing in it, whether or not they've been given the chance to play for the first team is a different matter.

CW: Dave Webb helped a lot, he helped me a lot but we need to get in the league really to start a YTS scheme and stuff.

VS How does it feel when you are not picked for a game?

CW: I don't really know about that one.

AL: Its all part of the game really, sometimes you find you are playing well and playing regularly and then you'll just get dropped. I remember when Dave Webb was here, I'd been playing 3 games on the trot and I traveled all the way up to Altrincham and then he told me I was on the bench as I was getting off the bus, I mean you've got to take it as it's part of football, but you do get disappointed.

VS: Which club would you like to play for?

CW: Any of the premier clubs would be a dream

AL: Yes, Manchester United.

VS: Have you enjoyed coaching this week at soccer school?

CW: Yes it's been good, there have been a couple children that have been a bit annoying, but I've enjoyed it

AL: Yes I've really enjoyed it

VS: Have you seen any promising future stars up here?

CW: Oh yes definitely, you look at them and they just love playing football at this age, its brilliant but you know that probably only one of them will make it

AL: The team that we had this week the little 8 and 9 year olds you can tell there are a couple, but some haven't even started playing football yet at school but you can see it and they enjoy it and they are quite good. I mean one of them came up to me and said that he had a trial for Southampton the other day and he's had a letter through to say that he has been accepted and he is only 8 or 9 so there are youngsters here that will make it.

VS: Is coaching something you would like to do in the future?

CW: I don't know, I'd like to be a goalkeeper's coach.

AL: I help coach my little brother's team which is the Pen Mill under 16's team but we don't have all the certificates that you need, but yes it is something I'd like to do.

VS: Do you ever wish you could escape from the kids that always wait for your autographs after every match?

CW: Sometimes if we have had a bad game we try to leave at the side but that doesn't always work, but its brilliant

AL: It makes you think what the top superstars are like, they get in thousands don't they.

CW: Its great when the pre-season friendlies are on, they all come round to get the other teams autographs and they get ours as well

VS: Do you have any superstitions before a game?

CW: No none at all, because if you have a superstition and then one time you forget about it then you'd blame it on that. Although I did have one superstition once, where a Frenchman gave me a 10-franc coin and he said put it at the left pole at the back of the goal but I never did, I just touched it just before the game in the dressing room and I did all right in the Boston game.

AL: I don't have any superstitions but if I have a good game I think back to what I did and try and keep in mind for the next game.

VS What other sports or hobbies do you do to relax?

CW: A bit of golf.

AL: We all play a bit of golf, but I play cricket, I play for Westland's on a Saturday but that's in the summer.

CW: But after training and after a game you just want to go home and relax, I tend to go home and put my feet up because I'm always so tired after training.

VS: What football team do you support?

CW: I don't really support anyone although I used to support Man United so I still look out for how they are doing.

AL: I support Man United and Yeovil of course.

VS: What would you do if you weren't a footballer?

CW: I'd go to university definitely, to do sports science. I've just got my A Levels.

AL: I don't know, this is all I've ever wanted to do.

VS: Do you ever look on the Yeovil Town websites to see what is being said and what do you think of them?

AL: Yes, every day at the moment.

CW: Yes its good, the message board thing though I try not to read because sometimes there is so much rubbish and so many rumours at the moment that I'd rather not speculate.

AL: I'm on it all the time at the moment because we don't know anymore then anyone else at the moment.

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