In this interview we talk to Terry Galbraith. Tez returned to the UTS Stadium this Summer having spent 7 seasons at Darlington FC. His signing was seen by many as a major coup, as Chris Swailes began strengthening his squad for this season.
We got off to a fantastic start to the season with a 2-1 win against Marine on Saturday, what were you thoughts on how the game went?
I thought the game was pretty evenly matched between the 2 sides but I thought we just done enough to deserve the 3 points over the 90minutes. They were a pretty well organised side, so it was good confidence for us to come away with the win going into the next one on Saturday.
You scored on your debut with a very well taken penalty, a big pressure moment in the game, then Liam’s pulled off a brilliant save at the end to ensure the win. The pair of you must be happy with your performances.
Yeah well to be honest I probably wouldn’t have taken it had Fitzy of been on, but I’ve taken penalty’s plenty of times in the past and I’d always fancy taking one given the opportunity.
Liam’s presence was massive for us, particularly in later stages, when they were throwing everything at us. He got us over the line in the end. I think everyone who was involved put in a performance on Saturday, including the subs, who came on and changed the game for us and gave us something a little different.
As expected it was a tough game on Saturday, Marine are seen as one of the top sides in this League and we’ve got two tough games coming up against Colne and Ossett Utd.
We knew Saturday was going to be very tough and to be honest I think most games will be. If we apply ourselves like that in each game we play in, then I’m sure we will continue to win a lot more games.
With the Club having to withdraw from this seasons F.A. Cup, which I’d imagine was hugely disappointing to say the least for the lads in the dressing room, do you think that allows you all to fully focus on the a successful league campaign this season and could it even give you an advantage?
Everyone was obviously gutted with what happened, but that wasn’t in our control, so we had to quickly forget about it and focus on the next game coming up. Although it was a massive disappointment, I always say you get judged on your league position come the end of the season and not so much cup runs, so hopefully we can keep winning games and finish as high as possible.
You spent some very successful years at Darlington and played in front of big crowds with passionate supporters. How much does that help players to do well when you’ve got that level of support behind you and have you got a message for the Dunston supporters for this season?
Yeah it’s massive, the more fans get behind a team usually results in better performances at any level of football. I just say to keep supporting us throughout the season as we and the club need it and I’m sure come the end of it they’ll be proud of the effort the lads have put in every week.
Terry Galbraith is kindly sponsored by:
Home shirt - Players of Dunston UTS FC’s F.A. Vase winning team of 2012
Away shirt - Players of Dunston UTS FC’s F.A. Vase winning team of 2012
Training kit - Dunston UTS FC Supporters Club Lamesley Branch.
Images courtesy of Ken Fitzpatrick and Kelvin Shell at Beauty Time Photography. Interview by Dan Whalen.