Meade: One Of The Biggest Games Of My Careerby Cork Sports News February 18, 2017
Cobh Wanderers are on the road for Dublin today and a showdown with defending FAI Intermediate Cup holders, Crumlin United.
It’s a huge game for the club and a win today will set the club up for what could be a memorable season.
John Meade is no stranger to big games and is looking forward to the massive test that Crumlin will provide.
“This game is well up there with the biggest games I’ve played in.
“And I mean it, this team is just a special as any other team I was in with 20 players all local living and from Cobh.
“When you look at other clubs it’s very rare these days that each and every player is from the town and the pride we have in this team and bond is something special that drives us on, it’s not 11 players, it’s about the 20 in the squad for every game.
The infectious Michael Deasy was brought in at the start of the season and Meade was quick to pay tribute to the manager’s passion and the input of the backroom team.
“Micky has being unbelievable and I mean this in every way.
“His passion and love for the game is something else.
“Micky has being there and done it so he knows what’s needed on the big day, he has really brought us together collectively and made all of us believe that we are a great team and well able for any challenge.
“He never lets up with training, your tough pre season running doesn’t stop when the season starts, it’s every week.
“He brought Packie in with him who is also fantastic and brilliant in every way.
“They’re so tuned into detail with what needs to be done.
“Micky also brought in Martin Brady “Bradz Fitness” who has being the best I ever worked with in my career, he should be with one of the top teams in the country, his attention to detail is unbelievable, from fitness to strength to injury prevention to dieting, he has played a big part in us being where we are today.
“Dave Ryan who has being at the club for years is outstanding in what he does for us and we are so grateful for everything, the board are doing great work behind the scenes too.”
With so much at stake, it will be fascinating to see if the game becomes a cagey affair or if both sides just go for it and John has plenty of praise and respect for the champions.
“When you play on the astro-turf, it determines a lot of the play in terms of pace of the pitch.
“We can’t take away the quality in this Crumlin team which we will respect but we will be going from the start and won’t be stopping.
“Of course both teams will be sussing each other out and we will be ready for whatever they throw at us, they are a great side and any team at this stage of the cup will be good and lets hope all goes well for us on the day.
“We have put serious amount of hours into preparation for this and hopefully with a bit of luck, we get the right result and do our home town of Cobh proud,” said John.