21 Feb 2021 in News
Now entertaining his third season at the club, Wythenshawe Town captain Jerome Wright believes he's in a better condition than ever as he reflects on his two year tenure at the club, and discusses the undefeated start made in the league this year so far.
Despite the stagnation of football being enforced upon us again, experienced defender Jerome Wright remains in high spirits. The 35-year old epitomises the headstrong nature of this Wythy Town squad, as two decades, six clubs, and one position change later, the Wythenshawe-born left-back is keen to make his positive impact prevalent and continue to lead the club to success.
Following a lockdown consisting of regular exercise, cooking and Netflix documentaries, it’s clear the past weeks have inspired a deserved rest for the honest Town captain, yet Wright believes it’s been important to remain active.
“The stop-starts, then all the maybes were a bit annoying, but I’m coping well. I think just ticking over until we get a start date helps - keeping active with a few runs around the park, or a bike ride - so there’s something to work towards. We get quite a bit of exercise at home, such as a few sessions with the missus basically jumping around the living room with music for forty-five minutes, but that’s been it for now”.
Football’s stoppage came during the club’s best start to a league season, with the side closing in on the North West County First Division South top spot following consecutive victories in the opening seven games.
“It has been incredible and massively enjoyable to be honest. Any club is a nice place to be when you are winning, so we did enjoy some really good games before it was stopped, but it’s a reminder of just how important it is to keep working hard to get back again whenever we can”.
The unbeaten start made to the league is an impressive feat for any club, however Town’s form poses little surprise to Wright as he believes the recent success on the pitch has been a long-time in the works.
“Winning all seven games is a mega achievement! But (James) Kinsey and his backroom staff have been tweaking this Wythy Town team since the minute they arrived, and you can see, slowly and surely, the team has improved by the season. If they see a problem, they’re quick to address it, so in all honesty it’s no surprise because we believe we train the best and can earn the top spot. But now it’s a different challenge to see if we will get there again. As captain, I believe we have a good mixture of personalities, and I try to be whatever the lads need me to be to help us collectively improve on a matchday in order to bag the three points”.
On a more personal level, the turn of the year marked over two years since Jerome signed for Wythenshawe Town FC. So far throughout his career he has vast experience as a left-winger before switching to left-back, and ten years at fellow Manchester-based club FC United, but Wright holds no regrets since his move from Hyde United in 2019.
“It feels like I’ve been here for ten years or so, like I’m part of the furniture, and I’m still yet to receive one ‘Man of the Match’ award off Chairman Chris (Eaton) as well! But my time at the club has been brilliant, I couldn’t have wished for it to have been any better. I feel like I could go and have a drink with any of the boys - or at least whenever we can. We’ve turned into a winning team. I’ve had plenty of little scuffles with Kinsey and Dan (Whiteside) over the two years, but I love it and we're always delighted if we win”.
It’s not just on the pitch where the club is showing signs of intent. Following the announcement of immediate major ground improvements, Wright expressed his excitement for when football makes its return to Ericstan Park.
“With all the exciting stuff that’s going on with the club, I’m eating and drinking as healthy as ever to make sure I stay in this team that I truly want to be a part of. With the new club house, the new pitch, FA Cup games from when the club achieves its goal of promotion".
Wythy Town’s passionate no.3 feels there’s no reason why the club can’t now work towards achieving its goal of promotion, and admits the aim once football returns is for the team to make themselves an incredibly difficult outfit to beat.
“We want to blow every other team out the water and remind them that we are the team to beat, and if anybody takes points from us, then they will truly deserve them”.
Despite the recent uncertainty, the mood on and off the pitch at the club has never been stronger. The club continues to strive for success, and as echoed by club captain Jerome Wright, when called upon, this resilient Wythenshawe Town team will be ready to go all over again.
- Tom Adams