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SS - Sammy Sulphur
B - How fun is being a mascot for you?
SS - The ability to represent the club that I love is fantastic. I love being able to talk about Harrogate Town, people don't realise what a great family club it is and also just how good non-league football is. Things like the FA cup run, TV appearance and FM are putting us on the footballing map.
B - What is the best save you've ever had on FM?
SS - Difficult one- I'm on a quest on my PC to take Town to the Premiership and am currently struggling to stay in the Championship in 2025. I beat league leaders Bolton wanderers 6-1 away in that season- amazing result that sent shockwaves through the league. For me though a magic moment was an individual piece of brilliance from my star midfielder.
B - What's your best moment playing FM?
SS - For me playing in the 3rd round of the FA cup was a highlight. Harrogate Town got beaten in real life in the FA cup 2nd round by Hastings this season on ESPN away on pens after a replay. I still haven't watched the recording back yet. So to be able to get the team to a place where we automatically qualify for that round was very special. Another was rigging a friendly v arch rivals Guiseley AFC - Town in the Championship, Guiseley somehow in League 2 and then hammering them 4-1- although I was hoping for more. I then saved the screenshot and sent it out to the Guiseley fans. They were gutted!
B - How do you think David Moyes will be able to compare to Sir Alex?
SS - Tough act to follow let's face it! But I think the fact that SAF is still there will help the transition and he will be successful long term.
B - What is your best ever buy on FM?
SS - I bought Theo Walcott at the age of 32 which was pretty cool. Seeing him play for Town was a bit of a rush, he wasn't all that though at that age in his career though and it nearly cost me. There's also a player called Roy Tucker I got in about 2018 on a free and is now worth 3 million- he has an exit clause though so probably going to lose him. He's the guy that scored from his own half.
B - What's the biggest title/trophy you've won in FM?
SS - I haven't won a trophy yet! Getting promoted to the football league was a massive moment and then I was able to get to League 1 quite easily. Since then it’s been really tough to kick on as I still have no budget or transfer budget so finally getting to the Championship. Beating port vale in a playoff final in front of 60000 at Wembley was pretty cool!
B - If you were a regular in Harrogate's first-team, what would be your position? Like, what position do you play when you play footie normally?
SS - In reality I'm a box to box midfielder, all action with the grit of Roy Keane and the right foot hammer of Hasselbaink. If I played for Town I'd love to be the 35 goal a season power forward- Falcao style. Surrounded by fast cars, girls and money.
B - Who do you feel will win the UCL final later this month?
SS - Well Bayern probably have the psychological edge having dominated the Bundesliga. I think though that they will be nervous having lost to Chelsea last year and also there is less pressure on BVB so I think there could be an upset. Score draw and pens- BVB to win!
B - Who is better in your eyes - Messi or Ronaldo? The unanswerable question!
SS - Messi - the stats don't lie.
B - Who do you think is the greatest young prospect in European football at the moment?
SS - Harrogate Town's goalkeeper is 22 and has been touted as the next Joe Hart! Barcelona have a conveyor belt of young strikers they grown, don't they have a new guy coming through who is only 18? Lewandowski is only 24 - he has a massive future ahead of him and available at a snip. Town should swoop for him!
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