Past Player Memories Part 15 – Ben Barber.

Nickname – Symbols

Ruts Appearances – 200

Ruts Goals – 72

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

I believe it was about 1992 my brother took me down to training. I then realised i could buy a pint for £1.18 so I was hooked.

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

The Cup Final for the 2nd XI in 2002. We beat NPL 4-3 after extra time. That was a great game to be involved in we were 1-0 down at half time but came out a different team 2nd half. Despite conceding a penalty right at the death we still found enough in extra time to get the winner. Great game, great night.

Question 3 – Who was the best Manager/Captain you played under?

Without doubt Billy Faust, I was struggling to settle in after my big summer transfer and Bill being Bill put his arm around my shoulder and looked after me for a couple of seasons.

Question 4 – Your funniest Ruts Football Memory.

Has to be the time we had a dodgy Ref who I had been arguing with all game. After the game I decided to carry on this argument in the shower with this chap who looked quite surprised. It was only when he walked into our changing room afterwards that I realised he played Rugby for the Ruts and in fact he was not the Referee! It is fair to say me and Graham have laughed about this for many years.

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

There haven’t been many to be honest. It would probably have to be the game vs Accra for the 1st XI. The game was abandoned after they went mental I think it took 1 meat wagon and 3 police cars to calm them down.

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

I’ve played with some great players down the years Dave Marlborough, Colin Ruddock and Dan Poulter, but for me Boony (Ian Lennard) was the best. He had it all, even when his knees packed up and he ended up as sweeper, he was still the best player on the park.

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

There’s been a few obviously the overhead kick a few years back stands out. I know Dan Poulter and Darren Noonan keep talking about it, so it must have been good.

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

Again there’s been quite a few. Probably me getting slapped either side of my head buy an 8ft Belgian Sasquatch with a mullet was quite an embarrassing moment.

Great Tour though. (I have been named Cymbals ever since!!)