We fired a few questions at Ryan France, who went from non-league to the Premier League in a career that featured spells with Alfreton, Hull City and Sheffield United.
He’s the current assistant manager at NCEL Premier side Clipstone.
Q: Who was the best player you played with?
A: Nick Barmby was always on the next page, he always seemed to know what you were going to do, he saw your runs before you did, and before defenders did.
Q: Who was the best manager you worked with?
A: I loved Chris Wilder at Alfreton, but I’d have to say Phil Brown.
Q: Best atmosphere you played in?
A: Hillsborough, when we beat Wednesday 4-2.
Q: Worst abuse you took at a ground?
A: I would think, you don’t even know me, why are you slagging me? I was warming up at Millwall and I did fear for my life at that point. I only did one warm up before I went on.
Q: Opponent you hated playing against?
A: None really, every team I played against I thought bring it on.
Q: Worst tackle you suffered?
A: I had the odd tackle and kick thrown at me. When I was at Alfreton, Dennis Hobson was playing for Denaby and I was the new kid on the block. I went past him and he threw a punch at me. I didn’t see it, I was told about it. I’ve had a few good chats with him since, there were no hard feelings. I was just glad he missed.
Q: If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?
A: I would probably not have tried to do the shimmy when my knee went, other than that I’ve no regrets.