Past Player Memories Part 11- Richard Lines.

Nickname – Linesy, or the Beast

Ruts Appearances – 282

Ruts Goals – 73

Question 1 – When did you join the Old Ruts and why?

I joined the Ruts in 2004/05 season. My brothers and Mr Flanagan had played a season before for one of the other teams and Brian Kerwick had managed me on a Sunday. I hadn’t played Saturday football before as I had followed Wimbledon around the country. However, I came along and loved the set up and lads from the start.

Question 2 – What was your most memorable match and why?

Owing to a slight medical issue my memory isn’t great and I don’t recall many. However, winning the league and getting a guard of honour over at Chiddingfold was a superb feeling, only slightly marred by a bad concussion and having to miss out on the celebrations. Also another that sticks in the mind, the football tour in Hamburg. I have never drank so much, with such little sleep, with an arm cast on and a day that must of been the hottest on record, but we got a side out somehow..

Question 3 – Who was the best Manager/Captain you played under? Well I’d have to say Mr Kerwick, I had known him previously and have a lot of respect for him.

Captain. Al Whiter You couldn’t fail to play better when Al was in the side, someone you wanted to impress and play for. Calm, respected and not to shabby on the ball.

Question 4 – Your funniest Ruts Football Memory – this belongs to the Budapest tour. I hadn’t been at the club long, someone pulled out of the tour and I was invited along. It was £10 to buy a tour t-shirt. Everyone bought one, why wouldn’t you as it was a £11 fine if you didn’t. Matt Blomeley refused and paid the fine. However when we got to Budapest we were wandering around the town and he went into a sports shop and bought a moody nike t-shirt, it was too small and he didn’t want to take it off after trying it on. He even had to lean on the scanner at the till. The poor girl behind the counter had no idea what was happening. A close second – turning up at Woking and Horsell, they had just started playing their players and a manager. The manager saw me and said ‘great, he is playing’ that’s when you know you have made it tough for them in the past and you are doing something right. Always a good feeling.

Question 5 – What is your least favourite Ruts Football Memory?

Not too many, I think losing a couple of cup finals over the years are always a bit rubbish. You have friends and family along and you don’t get the result you wanted. I guess I could say a couple of the red cards, buy I didn’t regret many of them, probably all bar one were just one of those things. Only one game I felt I had let my team down, after a keeper at Poplar Road had taken offence to a little physical challenge and having to stop playing, my knees meant I couldn’t play Saturdays any longer but I was just getting into playing for the Vets when for medical reasons I had to give up contact sport. This was gutting.

Question 6 – Best Player you ever played with for the Ruts?

That’s a tough one. Razor (Phil Rea) was the best in terms of playing at the back, when I came to the club I played alongside him at centre back. I thought I was quite commanding, but nothing compared to Phil. He was always so positive, strong and commanding. You always gave that bit more, not wanting to let him down when we played. I think he was secretly surprised/disappointed that there was someone better in the air than him! He was the one that made me and everyone welcome straight away at the club. Even when others weren’t keen on non ruts lads playing for the 1st team. But I will probably say Al Whiter again, as a footballer he had so many good attributes, some of which you can only appreciate years later. Passing, communication, tackles, goals. In the later years, Rags deserves a mention for me. A natural winner and all round superb midfielder .

Question 7 – Favourite Goal you scored or were part of in the build up?

I liked scoring goals, obviously but I enjoyed making good tackles as much as goals. I don’t recall many indivdual goals sadly.

Question 8 – Most embarrassing moment in a Ruts Shirt? (Playing or Socially)

I don’t think I have had too many. I guess on tour, in Budapest the door incident felt embarrassing at the time. I got the blame even though I knew it wasn’t me. But not having been at the club for long, we got asked to leave the hotel early. That’s was not great….at the time.