Monday, 13 April 2015

An Interview with ... Jack Lampe

Versatility should never be under-estimated in football.  To have a player in the squad who can play equally as well in a variety of positions is a godsend for any manager.  Jack Lampe is certainly that.  Equally at home in defence, or centre midfield, Jack has been turning out consistent performances for Concord Rangers for a number of seasons.

Jack originally started off at West Ham United, and that's where our chat started...

You were signed as a 17yr old from Harlow by West Ham what did that mean to you?

God yeah, it mean't everything to me and my family.  I always thought I was good enough to play at academy level.

Did you realise you were being scouted at the time?

Yes, I was aware at the time because my Sunday League team St Margetsbury/Harlow were the best around, and we always had scouts watching us.

Were you a West Ham fan growing up?

Nah mate, I've always been an Arsenal fan, but I do follow West Ham to see if any of my old friends get a breakthrough into the first team.

What players were you in the West Ham academy with, and are you still friends with any of them?

The most recognised names that I had the pleasure of playing with at youth level and reserve level are George Moncur, Dylan Tombides, Sebastian Lletget, Jack Powell, Dom Vose, Terry Dixon, Ollie Lee and Bonds N'gala.
I'm very close with Matty Fry and Taylor Miles as they spent time at West Ham, and obviously they are here with me.  Stokesy had left West Ham by the time I joined West Ham, but I still knew of him.

I've seen you play left back and centre back for Concord, what would you say is your best position?

My preferred position is centre half, closely followed by defensive midfield.  I like to get involved with the play, and love a big tackle, so those positions are best.

You've also played in goal for Concord (after an injury to Jamie Butler) did you fancy yourself as a keeper growing up?

No not at all! I've never fancied myself as a goalie.  The only reason I went in goal is because we had a training session and I managed to save three shots off the line, so when Jamie got hurt, Danny Glozier got in my head saying I was like a cat in I thought I would give it a go.

In all my interviews with the players and staff, it's strange how often Danny Glozier's name pops up!!

The spirit at Concord is incredible, it's the driving force behind the club, how do the team feel when they go on the pitch?

From the very first moment I joined Concord there has always been a tremendous amount of team spirit from our Chairman through to the whole team.  I wouldn't say we feel unbeatable when we go on the pitch, as there are some good teams in this league, but we should never be under-rated as we have a lot of great players and an excellent manager who keeps trying to get the best out of us.

You've been in and out of the side this season, when on the subs bench do you get wrapped up in the dug-out's vociferous atmosphere?

Yeah I've struggled with an on-going hamstring problem so I've never been fully fit since Christmas.  When on the subs bench, we have to act as supporters, as we don't have as much support we would like, so we make as much noise as we can to push the team on.

If Concord made it into the Play-offs, do any of the other teams involved hold any fear?

No, because we have proved ourselves by beating the top teams this season, and if we make the play-offs it would round off a great season.

Getting away from the football pitch, what is your full time job and how long you have been doing it?

I'm working towards being a fully qualified accountant, and I've been in my current company for six months now

Your twitter handle is @laidbacklamps, does that sum up your character?

I would say I'm socially laidback, but when I step on the pitch I'm quite the opposite!

What do you like doing in your spare time?

My time is spent up by work and football, but when I get the chance I normally like socialising with my mates, going out to clubs and pulling a few cheekys on the weekend haha!!

If you were stranded on a desert island with a team-mate, who would you LEAST like to be trapped on there with, and why?

It would have to be Tony Stokes.  All he ever talks about is how he is good at scoring.  #knowswherethegoalis #nopace

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