Height: 5ft 7in.
Position: Central Midfielder.
Supports: Manchester United.
Day job: Joiner.
Current club: Cemaes Bay FC.
Former club(s): Amlwch Town, Pentraeth and Bro Goronwy.
In the first edition of AFEFootballNews’ local footballer interviews, it’s Cemaes Bay midfielder Mathew Shakespeare’s turn to answer some quickfire questions about life as a footballer on Anglesey.
An experienced midfielder, he’s played for some of the island’s biggest clubs in the shape of Amlwch, Pentraeth and Bro Goronwy football clubs and is now aiming to show Cemaes just what he can do. In last weekend’s home fixture against Y Felinheli, which ended in a 3-2 win for Cemaes, Shakespeare scored a brace and he’ll now be hoping to continue that sort of form in order to help his club have a decent season.
So without further ado, here are AFEFootballNews’ 7 quick questions ...
AFE: Hi Mathew. First off, what made you want to become a footballer?
MS: I’ve played football pretty much since the day I’ve been able to walk. I first joined a team when I was four years old and have loved playing it ever since.
AFE: Who was your idol when growing up?
MS: Ryan Giggs was my idol because I’m a United fan and I also played on the wing when I was younger.
AFE: What has been your biggest achievement/best moment in football?
MS: I personally think that my greatest moment was winning the Welsh schools cup final (with Anglesey schools team) in Newtown and if I remember right it was Sam Aspinall who scored the only goal of the game.
AFE: Worst moment on the pitch for you?
MS: When I was playing against Porthmadog reserves with Cemaes about nine years ago. Their first team didn’t have a game on that week so a few of those players turned out for the reserves and we ended up losing 18-0, it was horrible!
AFE: Who’s the best player you’ve played alongside?
MS: I would say that the best player is probably Tom Taylor. Doesn’t matter where he plays he’s quality and I am convinced that if he didn’t have the injuries he’s had over the years then he’d have made it as a pro. I’ve played with and against a lot of quality players in my time but he’s stood out the most for me.
AFE: Best manager you’ve played for?
MS: I’m not sure how to answer this one really as I’ve played for a few different managers who all have different stand out qualities. Jamie Davies (who was at Pentraeth) has gone the furthest with his managing career, coaching in China with Manchester City, whilst Lee Potter has won everything up to the Gwynedd League. Mat Parry is another great one too, I just couldn’t choose just one to be honest.
AFE: And finally … Have you got any targets set for the season ahead?
MS: A target for Cemaes as a club would probably be to finish in a mid-table position as we’ve just been promoted from the Gwynedd League. My personal target is to just score as many goals and assist as many as I can, to help the team.
Cheers for answering the questions Mathew and all the best to you and to Cemaes Bay FC for the rest of the season!