On Friday we heard from Institute supporter Richard Smyth as he answered some questions about his time following the club, now it is the turn of our resident Carrick Rangers fan Adrian to share some of his highlights following the Amber Army.
1. Team you support?
2. Favourite current player?
Mark Surgenor, a born leader. The team looks so much more effective and organised when he is in it.
3. Favourite all-time player?
Reggie Hillen, one of the best goalkeepers the Irish League has known and a top fella as well.
4. Most underrated player?
Michael Smith, such a hard worker for the team with a terrific attitude.
5. Favourite manager?
Kenny Shiels. He turned us from a dull team into one of the most exciting ones to watch. He had us playing proper football which also brought success and he got the very last drop out of every player.
6. Best moment supporting your team?
Usually, people think about winning trophies, and we have had our fair share over the last decade. However, for the pure drama, it has to be Miguel Chines’ injury-time overhead kick winner in the final game of the 2015/16 season that staved off relegation. I genuinely got so light-headed that my son had to hold me up!
7. Worst moment?
When the news broke last year that Jerry Thompson had taken his own life. I’ve never felt so distraught.
8. Which player do you wish had played for your team but did not?
Raymond McCoy. An absolutely thrilling player to watch.
9. Best XI of players you have seen play for your team?
Reggie Hillen, Alan Fraser, Colin Crawford, Eddie Spiers, Ronnie McCullough, Stevie Conville, Tom Sloan, Conor McCloskey, Paul Heatley, Tom McCourt, Davy Richardson.
10. What do you love/miss the most about following your team?
Meeting up with fellow Carrick Rangers’ fans. A special bunch who have been on the same rollercoaster as me.
Hopefully, you are enjoying hearing some of our writing teams favourite memories following the Irish League and perhaps it is bringing up some special memories for you as well in this time of lockdown, which is what it is all about.
We hope to be with you every day this week with more football content as we resume our Irish League Team of the Teenies and Richard also takes a further look back on the Northern Ireland team that beat Ukraine at the 2016 European Championships and where they are now.