Player Insight: Louis Pennington

by Peter Scherer

Another one of our home grown talents, midfielder Louis made his first team debut this season, after coming  through the Mickleover  Youth scheme.

Local lad Louis had always wanted to be a footballer, but how did he get spotted to sign up?

I entered a two day trial put on by the first team and a few weeks later I was involved in a pre season game against Borrowash Victoria with the first team, where I performed well. Then I signed with the first team and have been part of the squad all season.

He’s normally played as a midfielder, but is that his favourite position?

Yes I’m usually in midfield, whether attacking or defending. However I also enjoyed playing both full backs on occasions. But my favourite position would be central midfield.

Have you had any schoolboy favourites from football, who you either feel inspired by or wish to emulate?

I’ve always had an association with Paul Scholes wherever I’ve played, and have recently been influenced by him after watching many videos, but my favourite player is David Silva as I’m a city fan.

Away from football what does he like doing?

I usually play footie with my mates and recently I’ve been getting massive into the gym routine.

You have been doing zoom sessions with the rest of the players during Lockdown, does that help keep the team spirit going?

Yes I’ve had so much fun doing all the squats and burpees put on by Watty, but it’s been good keeping the squad together through lockdown.

What would you normally before a match?

Early wake up to eat a good meal, then stretch and listen to music mostly.

We know it’s been a short season again, but are you surprised how well it went?

Yeah the team played really well in the season and ended top of the league, so it was a good season to be part of.

What have you missed most during these Lockdown’s?

Mostly playing games every weekend and not being able to socialise with mates.

What was your first reaction when you heard the season had been declared null and void?

I was quite disappointed, as we had a good chance of being promoted this season, but I’m confident we’ll repeat ourselves next season.

What has been your fondest footballing memory?

I played in a very successful youth team at Mickleover winning the MJPL three years in a row along with many cups and competitions around the country, including the Barcelona Cup. One of my fondest memories in football would be representing Coerver UK in Madrid for an international tournament playing against other countries from all around the world.

Although my most fondest memory in football was making my debut for Mickleover at home in the FA Cup this year.

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