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Josh Kay: From Squires Gate To The Football League

Josh Kay: From Squires Gate To The Football League

By Daniel Hayden
13 March
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Former Gate midfielder, Josh Kay spoke to us for our "Out Of The Blue" magazine...

This interview was taken out of our lockdown magazine, which you can purchase via our club shop!

Current club: Barrow AFC

Having started off at Squires Gate, can you give us some of your favourite memories from your time at the club? What did you love most about your time here?
I loved the people at Squires Gate from the players to the groundsmen. My best memory was just playing and learning how to play men’s football from kids football it’s a big difference and I learnt a lot.

Having played at a variance of levels. Can you give us an insight into the difference in match preparations, training routines, etc? How do you prepare yourself for Football League games as opposed to your time at Gate?
Good question. At Gate, we turned up on the day about an hour before kick off got changed, warmed up and played. At Barrow, currently we stay over the night before every game home or away, have breakfast and pre-match as a team on the Saturday. Meet at the ground an hour and a half before to prepare, stretching, rubs, foam rolling etc.. and then play. We have an ice bath after every game for recovery and get food provided. Training is also everyday apart from once or twice a week depending on the workload.

Can you talk us through your typical personal matchday routine? Breakfast, how you get yourself pumped up for a big game, etc?
Most times I don’t turn up to breakfast, I stay in bed which you can do, but if I do go I’d have a ham and cheese omelette which a glass of apple juice. Pre-match is simple, beans on toast with a lot of beans! I don’t really like to get myself pumped up for games I like to be more relaxed and focused on what we need to do to win and personally what I can do to affect the game.

Who has been the toughest opposition, and player you've come up against? Have you swapped shirts with any stars in the Football League yet?
Toughest player was probably Peter Kioso at Bolton, on loan from Luton. And the toughest opposition would be Bristol City on my league debut.

What is your ultimate career goal? Which team would you love to pull a shirt on for?
To play as high as I possibly can. Obviously Man United!

Favourite team: Man United
Favourite Band: Little Mix
Best game I’ve played in: Barrow vs Notts County last season to go top of the league then Dublin after for Christmas do!
Best goal: Hartlepool, two seasons ago when I scored an overhead kick.
If I wasn’t a footballer: Probably try and make a career from gaming.
Fun fact: Best hairline on the Fylde Coast.

Many thanks to Josh for taking out to do the interview for us! We'd like to wish Josh the best of luck for his career!


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