Sunday, 26 February 2012


They say all goalkeepers are crazy, but my brief, unscientific research has proved there's plenty going on between the ears of the men between the posts.

Ebbsfleet United's Preston Edwards was honest and thoughtful in his assessment of a 'rush of blood' which saw him shown a straight red card at Bath earlier this month. And now Tonbridge Angels stopper Lee Worgan has taken the time out to deal with some of football's bigger talking points - as well as a smattering of light-hearted questions from the twinterview lucky dip pot.

A Wales under-21 international, Worgan is now recognised as one of the most talented keepers in Conference South. Even when Tonbridge were leaking goals left, right and centre at the start of the season, the 28-year-old earned positive reviews. Last season's Angels player of the year has picked up where he left off.

David Seaman or Peter Schmeichel, who was the greatest?

I gotta go Schmeichel.

Were you a big collector of football stickers at school?

Yeah, I used to love football stickers... Every World Cup and Euros as well.

I think Merlin had the edge over Panini. Only ever completed one album - Premier League 94. Did you have any more success?

Think I completed World Cup USA 94 one but that's about it!!

It must have been a good year for swaps. Have you ever scored as a keeper, or gone close?

Went up for a corner in the play-off semi-final v Carshalton....not far off... Missed a penalty v Thamesmead in the Kent Cup.

Best bit of banter you've heard from the fans behind the goal?

I get gay, rentboy, abuse about my hair, but the best banter is always aimed at my nose.. Priceless.. Oh sheep shagger as well haha.

Is that all stuff you can laugh off or does it ever go too far and affect you during a game?

I have always laughed everything off... Plus if you bite it's exactly what they want. Best thing is to smile and get on with it.

What was your first pair of gloves and what do you wear now?

My first pair were Sondico.. Now I wear a new glove called Reflex.. Excellent new design and fit made by Craig Holloway.

Sondico, classic. Three team-mate questions: who's the fastest, who's the smartest, who's the worst dressed?

Smartest - Ade Olorunda... Fastest - Nathan Koranteng probably, and worst dressed- also Nathan, looks like Carlton out of Fresh Prince ha.

Toughest striker(s) you've faced this season?

Kezie Ibe from Chelmo, good friend and always tough. I face Frannie Collin in training every week, doesn't get tougher than that.

If you could swap lives with any other sportsman in the world for a week, who would it be?

Would have to be Iker Casillas or Rafa Nadal... Both immense...

Lots of negative football headlines this season. From your personal experience, is there still racism within the sport?

I have never experienced racism in football... But I know from personal experience that all players get stick and abuse from opposing teams and fans but you have to rise above it... I don't think it's ever personal.

What's the key to saving penalties?

Pre planning, know your opponents' penalty takers, knowing where they put their last penalties, assessing the player himself.

What team should England pick for their first game at Euro 2012?

Hart, Richards, Smalling, Jones, Cole, Young, Gerrard, Barry, Lennon, Rooney, Bent.

Who replaces Rooney during his ban?

Ahh wow... Jermain Defoe.

And finally - you've got one tweet to tell the world about Tonbridge Angels. Go...

Pure entertainment week in, week out.. Once you play here it's hard to leave, if you do, you always want to come back

You can follow @LeeWorgan on Twitter

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